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Ethics Governance

​​​At Cardiff Met, the highest principles of ethics and integrity underpin all research activity.  

The University Ethics Committee (UEC) has ultimate responsibility for the maintenance and monitoring of ethics governance at the institution.  This includes ensuring that research involving human participants carried out by staff and students conforms to the highest ethical standards as well as safeguarding the general principles laid down in the Cardiff Metropolitan University Ethics Framework.

The work of the committee is not restricted to ethical issues related to research but can include any issue related to compliance with the University’s Ethics Framework. 

UEC is supported by School based ethics committees which report directly to it.

UEC is administered by Research & Innovation Services and any queries regarding the work of the committee should be directed to Kate Jefferies in the first instance.

Applications for ethics approval of a research project are considered by the ethics committee of the School where the lead applicant is based.   Specific queries regarding the ethics approval process should therefore be directed to the appropriate School contact in the first instance.

In cases where the lead applicant is not based in a Cardiff Met School, or in PDR, an application will be referred to the most relevant School committee, or direct to UEC.  Queries related to such cases should be directed to Kate Jefferies in the first instance.

School committees meet on a regular basis although meetings may be less frequent outside term time.  Students should consult their supervisor for meeting dates for the relevant School committees.

The application form and guidance notes can be accessed under the 'Useful Documents' below. 

Please ensure that you are using the most recent version of the form before starting your application, to avoid having it returned to you.  In particular, applications submitted using version 7 or earlier of the Ethics Application Form can no longer be accepted as they do not take account of GDPR.

School Ethics Frameworks and Contacts

Each School has developed a framework for ethics approval of research projects, select the relevant one from the drop down boxes below.  ​

Cardiff School of Art & Design

Contact: Dr Stephen Thompson

CSAD Framework for ethics approval of research projects  (NB. access to CSAD students and staff only)

Cardiff School of Education & Social Policy

Cardiff School of Management

Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences

Cardiff School of Technologies


Human Tissue Act

The Human Tissue Act 2004 established the HTA to regulate activities concerning the removal, storage, use and disposal of human tissue.  Staff and students at Cardiff Metropolitan University must conform with the requirements of the Human Tissue Act in all activities involving the storage of human tissue.  In particular, staff and students should be aware of and adhere to the institution's Code of Practice for obtaining Informed Consent.

The HTA Designated Individual at Cardiff Met is Dr Claire Kelly

Useful Documents