School of Psychology

Health, safety and ethics

Ethical Review Procedures in School of Psychology

Research projects involving human participants must receive ethical approval before research may commence (this includes discussions with potential participants).

All staff and students conducting such research should complete the online application form via Sussex Direct, and upload PDF versions of ALL supporting documents. Guidance for completing your application is available here.

UG/PGT Students

Low risk projects

ALL UG and PGT student applications for projects considered “low risk” must be submitted online. Applications will first be authorised by the Student’s Supervisor or Course Convenor, and then reviewed by the Psychology School Research Ethics Officer (SREO): Dr Adhip Rawal. If you have any questions, please email adhip.Rawal@sussex.ac.uk. However, please note that applications should not be sent by email for review, but submitted through the online ethical review application system via Sussex Direct. See the Research Governance website for more details: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/staff/research/governance

Applications will be processed by the SREO once each week. Applicants should expect to have a response within 2 weeks of receipt of their application and ALL supporting documents. Once a proposal has been approved applicants will receive a Certificate of Approval.  Students are required to adhere to the terms of approval as stated in the certificate. They must submit with their dissertations evidence of ethical approval.

For UG projects, applications should be received by week 8 of the first teaching period in order to guarantee approval before the end of the autumn term. During the Christmas vacation the School office will identify Final Year UG students who have not completed an ethical approval application and notify their supervisor.

For PGT projects, applications should be received by week 8 of the second teaching period in order to guarantee approval before the end of the spring term. During the Easter vacation the School office will identify PGT students who have not completed an ethical approval application and notify their supervisor.

High risk projects

UG / PGT Student projects that are considered Higher Risk, must be submitted online. Students must discuss their proposed research with their Supervisor, who will need to authorise the project before it is reviewed by the Science and Technology C-REC. 

PGR Students/Staff

ALL PGR student and faculty applications – whether “low risk” or “high risk” - must be submitted online. Applications will be reviewed by the Science and Technology Cross-Schools Research Ethics Committee (C-REC) chaired by Dr Karen Long. If you have any questions, please email crecscitec@sussex.ac.uk. However, please note that applications should not be sent by email for review, but submitted through the online ethical review application system via Sussex Direct. See the Research Governance website for more details: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/staff/research/governance

Please note: when a PGR student submits a completed ethics application, their Supervisor will automatically be alerted that they need to go into Sussex Direct to review the student's submission. Once the Supervisor has authorised the student's application, the C-REC will be alerted that the student's application has been authorised for review.

Applicants should expect to have a response within 4 weeks of receipt of their application and ALL supporting documents. Once a proposal has been approved applicants will receive a Certificate of Approval.  Applicants are required to adhere to the terms of approval as stated in the certificate.  At the end of each calendar year applicants are required to give a short statement regarding the status of the project.