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Research Ethics - Policies and Guidance

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.

SAS ethical framework

The University’s Policy is managed and monitored by the University 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.

THE School of Advanced Study Ethical Approval Process and Guidance is available here: Appendix 1 -

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]

Essential guidance for research projects in light of the COVID-19 pandemic [PDF]

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

The Research Ethics Module 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: the Research Ethics Training Module has moved from PORT to RESHAPED. You can access RESHAPED by logging on to and you will need to set up an account. Once you have done that, you will need to visit the URL:
And enter the enrolment key: ResearchEthics_2023

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 (

Email for assistance.

SAS 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 once completed.

Data Management

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

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