"A comprehensive, ethical framework"

IMPORTANT: The University of London Research Ethics Committee has agreed that research involving face-to-face interactions with participants can now resume as long as specific safeguards are being taken and have been approved by the Committee. The health and welfare of researchers and participants remain our primary concern.

Please review the ​Essential guidance for research projects in light of the COVID-19 pandemic (PDF) - Updated on 25th November 2021

You will find details of the mandatory Research Ethics Training Module further down this page

This is also where you will find the Research Ethics Self Check Form and associated paperwork

The School of Advanced Study is part of the University of London which is committed to carrying out its research, teaching, consultancy and other activities within a comprehensive ethical framework. 

The University’s principles are applicable to all research, consultancy projects and studies conducted at, by, or in the name of University of London and aim to provide current and prospective members with a clear understanding of the ethical review process operated by the University.

The University supports a culture of academic freedom and excellence by providing a framework for review, which subjects research proposals and other studies to a level of scrutiny that is in proportion to the risk of harm or adverse effect to participants, researchers, and to society as a whole.

The University’s Policy is managed and monitored by the School Research Ethics Committee, which may decide to develop additional guidance or policies as code of practices across the UK and the worldwide research landscape evolve.

The University Research Ethics Policy [PDF] forms a part of the Code of Good Practice in Research.

  • Appendix 1 - School of Advanced Study Ethical Approval Process and Guidance
  • Appendix 2 - University of London Worldwide Ethical Approval Process and Guidance
  • Appendix 3 - University of London in Paris Ethical Approval Process and Guidance

Guidance on using online platforms in research:

Using online platforms, inc. social media, when undertaking research under the UOL auspices - Usage Protocols and Guidance [PDF]

Guidance on travel arrangements and travel risk assessment:

Travel planning arrangement guidance and risk assessment form [PDF]

NEW: Research Ethics Module - to be completed prior to all new ethical approval applications

The Research Ethics Committee has overseen the creation of an online Research Ethics Module that is mandatory for anyone who wishes to undertake research at the University of London and must be completed before the submission of the ethical assessment form.

Staff and fellows (from both inside and outside the University of London) as well as UoLWorldwide students can access the course here. They will need to create an account in PORT and then use the enrolment key: uol2020.

School of Advanced Study students should use Studyonline here.

The course, which only needs to be taken once, guides participants through ethical considerations as well as internal processes to secure approval, whatever the circumstances. Any technical issues should be addressed to the learning technology team (Studyonline_Support@sas.ac.uk).

Email research.ethics@london.ac.uk for assistance.

Initial Self-Evaluation

Once they have complete the mandatory Research Ethics Module and passed the assessment test, anyone undertaking research at the School/University is asked to review the University Research Ethics Policy and the relevant approval process and guidance document (i.e., Appendix 1, 2, or 3) and undergo an initial self-evaluation, which will need to be forwarded to research.ethics@sas.ac.uk once completed.

Data Management

The documents below are to be used depending on the needs of your research:

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