In carrying out their work researchers inevitably face ethical dilemmas which arise out of competing obligations and conflicts of interest.

To ensure that the highest standards of research are maintained the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences have clear guidelines on undergraduate and taught masters research proposals involving data collection where human participants are involved to ensure that the safety, rights, dignity and well-being of the participant and those of the researcher are maintained.

The School Of Pharmacy and Life Sciences Ethics Review Panel aims:

"To ensure that research in the School is carried out to the highest ethical standards and in conformity with RGU's Research Ethics Policy"

This is in addition to the University policies. The university policy on governance and ethics is available for download:

Research Governance and Integrity Policy (PDF 105KB)Research Ethics Policy (PDF 60KB)

You need to assess whether your project needs an ethical submission. This can be done by completing the RESSA form and based on the outcome decide whether an application is needed.

Student and Supervisor Appraisal (RESSA) Form

If the project requires ethical consideration, the student is expected to request that they be added to the ethics module on Moodle by emailing Toni Simpson and copying Dr Susan Duthie and their supervisor into the email.

Once they are added to the module there are instructions within the module that will enable them to upload their research proposal on to the ethics module for consideration by the school ethics panel.

These pages have been set up as a resource for further information on research ethics and to assist with the process of applying for research ethics approval to the School of Pharmacy & Life sciences Research Ethics Committee.