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Ethics

Southampton Solent University requires that ethical clearance must be obtained before any research project or innovation activity can commence and potential human participants can be approached.

It is the responsibility of the principal investigator, whether a student or a member of staff to obtain ethical clearance.

Exemptions

The following projects do not need ethical approval:  

  1. Ad-hoc academic audit or service evaluation projects designed and conducted solely to produce information to inform the delivery of provision. These would usually involve analysis of existing data and may include minimal participation from staff or students; 
  2. Literary or artistic criticism;
  3. Testing and review within normal education requirements, and
  4. Projects that draw on documentary material already in the public domain.

However, research/innovation activities involving focus groups will need to secure ethical clearance.

University ethics committee and governance

Ethics standing panels report to the University ethics committee. For further information about Southampton Solent University's ethics structures please view our ethics committee terms of reference for 2016/17:

Ethics committee terms of reference for 2016/17

Southampton Solent University recognises the concordat to support research integrity.

Concordat To Support Research Integrit

Useful resources 

Postgraduate research students and staff of the University can also enrol in online ethics modules through the Researcher Development Programme (RDP).

Please find below, information, documents and sample forms relating to an application for ethics release. Please note all applications should be made using the online process.

Ethics reading list

Ethics release criteria

University ethics policy (Academic Handbook 2S)

University ethics procedure (Academic Handbook 4S)

Student academic misconduct policy (Academic Handbook 2L)

Staff research misconduct policy (Academic Handbook 2T)

Postgraduate research student academic misconduct procedure (Academic Handbook 4L)

Example of an informed consent form

Example of a participant information sheet

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Page last updated on Friday 16 September 2016 at 4.45pm.

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