Research integrity


Research with human participants

All research (unless exempted) conducted with living human participants and the collection and/or study of data derived from living human participants undertaken by UCL students and staff (to include honorary staff, affiliate academics and visiting researchers) on UCL premises or elsewhere, requires ethical approval to ensure that the research conforms with general ethical principles and standards.  Ethical approval must be obtained before the commencement of data collection.

Researchers within the UCL Institute of Education must follow the Institute's guidelines where all research involving human participants and their data requires ethical approval. 

Ethical approval should be sought through one of the following routes depending on the nature of the research.

UK Health Departments’ Research Ethics Service (NRES)
UCL Research Ethics Committee (including UCL Institute of Education)
Social Care Research Ethics Committee
Ministry of Defence Research Ethics Committee

The Which committee should I apply to webpage provides further guidance on this.

After Approval

It is expected that all members of the research team will be aware of what the formal ethical approval covers as well as any terms and conditions of approval, which includes the date approval expires, as well as the process regarding applying for modifications to ethical approval.