If you are a supervisor of either a BSMS taught student (undergraduate or postgraduate) or a postgraduate research student, you will be actively involved in the online submission of your student’s ethics application.
All BSMS student ethics applications are made and submitted electronically via the online ethics review application system in Sussex Direct via the link below.
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Applications for a range of health-related research involving healthy human participants, their biomaterial, or personal data are all eligible for review.
Please note that the category of student is important since it determines the review pathway in Sussex Direct.
- A separate review pathway operates for undergraduate and postgraduate taught student research judged as posing few risks to participants using an in-built risk assessment checklist. Eligible projects receive expedited ethics review from a BSMS School Research Ethics Officer (SREO). Genuinely low risk projects for which the application is appropriately completed will be reviewed within 10 working days.
- Taught student projects involving higher risk activities, such as in-person fieldwork, continue to be reviewed via the BSMS Research Governance and Ethics Committee (RGEC).
- All PGR student applications are reviewed by RGEC, which meets monthly at scheduled meetings. (A review slot must be booked at a scheduled RGEC meeting for the review of the application. These are available on request by contacting RGEC: firstname.lastname@example.org, and operate on a first come first served basis. Please note that RGEC deadlines and meetings only refer to PGR student applications. UG/PGT applications are reviewed by an SREO, unless deemed high risk).
*Students must not begin any data collection or fieldwork until they have received confirmation that their application has been approved by either the SREO or RGEC*
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