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Information about research, innovation and knowledge exchange at Solent University, including ethics, is now available on our new Research, Innovation and Enterprise web pages.  

Please refer to this new site, as the current RIE portal pages will soon be closed down.

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The RIE team












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.


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

First points of contact

Enquiries about the Concordat to Support Research Integrity - Chair of the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Committee (

Enquiries about the University's Whistleblowing Policy - Director of the relevant School or Service (02382 013000,

Useful resources 

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 12 October 2018 at 11.57am.


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