Research ethics

The University is globally recognised for the quality of its research. In order to maintain and uphold the high standards of our research we continue to undertake initiatives to ensure that integrity, ethics and excellence are at the core of our research activities and fully embedded in our research culture. Please refer to the Statement on Research Integrity for further information.

We are concerned with protecting the rights, dignity, health, safety and privacy of research subjects, the welfare of animals and the integrity of the environment. The University is also concerned with protecting the health, safety, rights and academic freedom of researchers and the reputation of the University as a centre for high-quality research. All research involving human participants, their tissue and/or data should undergo an ethical review.

The University's Ethics of Research Policy and Procedure (PDF, 254kB) a‌ governs the ethics of research across the University. It applies to all staff, students and anyone else carrying out research under the auspices of the University.

If research is undergoing an NHS or Social Care ethical review then secondary ethical review by the University is not required.

What type of ethical review do I require?

If you are unsure about the type of ethical review that is required please refer to the online ethics tool or e-mail research-governance@bristol.ac.uk.