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Our research ethics

Ethical issues must be considered as part of all staff and student research projects at Staffordshire University. Our Ethical Review Policy sets the standards and is used for the ethics approvals process.

Ethical Review Policy

Staffordshire University Ethical Review Policy (PDF file, 284KB)

Ethical review forms

If you are a current researcher at Staffordshire University or are conducting research under the auspices of the university, you may need to complete disclaimers or perform an ethical review as part of your research.

All completed forms from staff and postgraduate researchers (individuals enrolled on PhD, MPhil and Professional Doctorate) should be sent to ethics@staffs.ac.uk. For undergraduate and taught postgraduate degrees, you should send your ethical review form to your module leader.

Disclaimer form

This form can used where it is not necessary to apply for ethical approval for a research project.

Disclaimer form (DOCX file, 71KB)

Proportionate review form

This form can be used where the research raises minimal ethical risk. The research must:

  • focus on minimally sensitive topics
  • entail minimal intrusion or disruption to others
  • involve participants who would not be considered vulnerable in the context of the research

Proportionate review form (DOCX file, 51KB)

Full ethical review form

This form must be used for research involving above minimal risk and necessitating a more thorough ethical review prior to approval.

Full ethical review form (DOCX file, 63KB)

Further information 

Further information and resources for staff and students on ethics applications can be found on Blackboard.

After logging-on select ‘Institution Page’. You’ll find University Research Ethics under ‘Staff Open Courses/Students Open Courses’. Follow the link to access to this additional resource.