Ethics Forms and Process

Ethics Forms and Processes


Staff and students at Newcastle University undertake thousands of (funded and unfunded) projects each year.  Newcastle University’s ethics policy and procedure is designed so that ethics review is proportionate to the potential risk.  The procedure is as follows:

Step 1:  The principal investigator completes Newcastle University's Online Ethics Form.  The form is made up of a series of questions, which aim to help the principal investigator identify whether the project is 'high risk' and requires further formal ethical review by a Research Ethics Committee.   

Step 2:  Once the form is completed and submitted, the principal investigator will receive a notification that either:

  • Based on the answers provided, the University is satisfied that the project meets the University's ethical expectations and grants the project ethical approval, OR
  • Based on the answers provided, the project requires further review by a Research Ethics Committee before any research can begin.

Note: Where a principal investigator is applying for funding for a project, at the proposal stage (within NUProjects), the principal investigator is also asked to identify the ethics route that will be required for their project proposal (before the project is submitted and any funding is awarded).  

Please find further information about the procedure in the sections below.


Where a project requires further review, no work should begin until the project is granted ethical approval by the relevant ethics committee.  The decision will be communicated directly from the relevant committee. 

Who to contact

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