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Proposal Procedure

  1. Complete a proposal form obtainable from this website. Attach any relevant documentation. Students should consult their supervisor before completing the form.
    - Proposal Form Word icon

  2. Sign the form and if you are a student, pass it on to your supervisor who must make sure, before signing the form, that they are satisfied that ethical issues have been properly considered and, if necessary, discussed in detail with the student. Students should be aware that the submission process may vary by Department, please refer to your own Department for how to submit your proposal.

  3. If the proposal has been assessed as Routine by the supervisor, it should be sent by the supervisor to the Departmental Research Ethics Officer (DREO) to confirm approval and send to the departmental repository; it may in the future be audited by the School Ethics Committee. Research can begin immediately and no further approval is required.

  4. If the proposal has been assessed as Non-Routine by the supervisor, the form should be sent to the DREO for further consideration. The DREO should determine whether s/he considers the proposal as Routine or Non-Routine. If the Officer considers the proposal as Routine they will return the form to the investigator/supervisor who will inform the student that the project may commence and send this form to the departmental repository. Research can begin immediately. If the Officer considers the proposal as Non-Routine, but after working with the applicant and/or supervisor to address ethical implications, confirms that the ethical implications have been addressed, they may grant approval for a redrafted application. In this case they will return the redrafted form to the investigator/supervisor who will inform the student that the project may commence and send this form to the departmental repository. All proposals stored in departmental repositories may be audited by the School Ethics Committee.

  5. Students in the Department of Psychosocial Studies should submit forms for ROUTINE and NON-ROUTINE projects that have received approval by their supervisors via Moodle - see your programme handbook or contact your departmental administrator for details.

  6. If the DREO does not approve the application, they should submit the application to the SSHP Ethics Committee email sshpethics@bbk.ac.uk and indicate an appropriate reviewer external to the department (but within the college) who may be more cognisant of specific disciplinary issues in regard to ethics. In most cases, applicants will receive a response within four weeks of submission.

  7. Staff proposals for ethics review should be considered by the DREO. If the DREO considers the proposal to be routine then they can sign the form to indicate this and the research can begin. The exception is ESRC funded research which must be reviewed by the SSHP Ethics Committee and cannot be signed off by the DREO. All non-routine proposals must be referred to SSHP Ethics Committee by the DREO.