Ethics and risk assessments must be completed before any practical research (such as fieldwork and contacting potential interviewees) can be undertaken.
Ethics and Risk Assessment
Both ethics and risk assessments are administered by your supervisor through their faculty; discuss the process with them at the earliest opportunity. Ethics committees have a rigid schedule. Make sure that you prepare your application in good time – missing a deadline can put your research program well behind schedule. Information and forms can be found at the Office for Research Ethics and Integrity and Health and Safety websites.
Industry partners may have their own protocols. Discuss with your supervisor or subject coordinator which is the most appropriate. If in doubt, use the University protocol.
All students are covered by University public liability insurance once they are enrolled in a subject and are undertaking research which is related to that subject. In addition, students can apply for travel insurance if required for their project.