Advice on Research Ethics

The Research Ethics and Governance team facilitate the general research ethics at LJMU ethicsand the ethics aspect of the University’s research involving Human volunteers.  This must satisfy the required standards of protecting the rights of participants and assure good quality research.

Essentially we do this in two ways:

  1. We ethically review and approve research proposals (via the submission of an ethics application form. For PhD, staff and non-NHS REC research – this is undertaken by proportionate review (2 week turnaround) or full review at the monthly UREC meetings (2-6 week turnaround). UREC members include volunteers from academic staff, PhD students and lay members.
  2. We provide guidance to help researchers identify and address ethical issues of their research.

The guidance we provide includes:

  • Training – hosted on Blackboard
  • Information – provided on the Research Ethics and Governance webpage.
  • Individual support – some studies present particular challenges with regards to identifying and addressing ethical issues.

We are very enthusiastic about facilitating the research process whilst maintaining rigorous ethical standards. The way we work is to encourage the idea that ethics is not a bureaucratic exercise but a dialogue – a process between the researcher and the research ethics committee. We respect the diversity of methodology in research and look to apply principles of research ethics rather than rules. We aim to be facilitative to your research and recognise innovation.

What’s right and what is wrong is not clear cut. People’s ideas of what is ethical may be different. Imagine research ethics as an elephant – big and grey – Our aim is to provide a consensus.



Contact Mandy Williams for training guidelines.