Research Ethics Committee

IOE Research Ethics Committee

PLEASE NOTE: There will be an extremely limited research ethics service for the processing of ethics applications for three weeks in the Summer from 19th July – 4th August so please allow extra time for your application to be reviewed or submit your application early to avoid a delay.

The UCL Institute of Education maintains its own Research Ethics Committee. At the Institute, all research projects by staff, students or visitors which collect or use data from human participants including secondary data analysis, systematic reviews and pilot studies, are required to gain ethical approval before data collection begins. The UCL IOE adheres to the UCL Code of Conduct for Research and Statement on Research Integrity.

The UCL IOE Research Ethics Committee (IOE REC) reviews all ethics applications from staff and visitors. Student applications [insert bookmark] are reviewed by the supervisor and another expert member of staff.

Please click here for the UCL Institute of Education's Research Ethics Guidelines

Applying for ethics approval

The ethics application form and guidelines below should be used for all UCL IOE staff and visitor ethics applications.

Staff Ethics Application Form

Staff Ethics Guidelines

The completed application form should be emailed along with all of the necessary supporting documents to

All research activities involving living human participants and the collection and/or study of data derived from living human participants require ethical approval. Alleged misconduct in any area of research including failure to obtain appropriate ethical approval will be subject to UCL’s Procedure for Investigating and Resolving Allegations of Misconduct in Academic Research.

External researchers wishing to recruit staff and students from UCL IOE must follow the Guidance for External Researchers

Please can applicants take note that due to the closure days for UK bank holidays and UCL-wide closure days over the Easter break in April 2017, applications submitted for review during this time are likely to take longer to process. Please do allow extra time for your application to be processed over this period. Thank you.

Informed consent guidance

It is expected that informed consent will be gained from all participants in research. The IOE REC will request to see information sheets and consent forms when you submit your application. If you do not intend to use these documents then this will need to be addressed in your ethics application.

The following links give a template for an information sheet and consent form suitable for adult participants. It is good practice to have these on two separate documents. It should be noted that these are guidelines only; these documents need to be suitable for the audience that you are giving them to. An information sheet designed for research with children, for instance, will look quite different to the sort of information sheet you would give to professionals who you are interviewing:

Example Information Sheet

Example Consent Form

Ethics review procedures for student research

All student research is required to gain ethical approval before starting.

Ethics review is required to ensure that the research conforms to the ethical standards expected by the Institute. It is also used to assist supervisors and students when reflecting upon ethical research practice.

Details on the student reviewing process can be found here: Reviewing student ethics applications.

Student ethics application form

Student ethics guidelines

When student research involves particularly complicated or sensitive ethical issues, it can be referred by the reviewers to the IOE REC. Guidance for supervisors and tutors on when to refer student ethics applications to the REC can be found here.

PGCE Students

Research forming part of normal professional practice, for example when embedded in a PGCE programme, is not required to undergo a full ethics review in the same way as other student research projects. These projects can be reviewed by the student's tutor. Where the tutor identifies that the project is a substantial piece of research rather than part of professional practice, the above application form must be completed and reviewed by a tutor and another member of the course team, in line with standard student ethics procedures.

Key contacts

Research Ethics contact –

Chair of the UCL IOE Research Ethics Committee – Dr Lynn Ang

IOE staff REC members:

Culture, Communication and Media – Dr Kaska Porayska-Pomsta

Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment – Dr Becky Hale and Dr Jane Perryman

Department of Learning and Leadership – Dr Sveta Mayer 

Department of Social Science – Rebecca Rees

Psychology and Human Development – Professor Liz Pellicano and Professor Emily Farran

Education Practice and Society – Professor Judith Suissa and Dr Elaine Chase

Centre for Doctoral Education – Professor Martin Oliver 

Lay members:

Gordon Slaven (British Council)

Ayath Ullah (HMRC)