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Advice for Professional Support Staff

For those working in PSS, the subject of ethics may lead you to question whether or not the activities you undertake require ethical review. For clarity, we have provided a list of common activities which do and do not require ethical review. Please note that this list is not comprehensive of all possible activities and when in doubt, please contact our office for advice

Activities which DO NOT Require Ethical Review

 

  • Surveys or questionnaires which generate anonymous responses and do not contain any personal or sensitive data
  • Surveys or questionnaires which generate non-anonymous responses (such as email addresses for follow-up information) but do not contain any other personal or sensitive data
  • Service evaluations (i.e. software programmes or training) which generate anonymous responses and do not contain any personal or sensitive data

 

Activities which DO Require Ethical Review

 

  • Surveys or questionnaires which generate responses that contain personal or sensitive data
  • Surveys or questionnaires which may potentially cause distress in participants
  • Testing of products which have a potentially physical effect (i.e. testing of hand soap due to the possibility of allergic reaction

Should you find that your project requires ethical review, please see below for a list of signatories for each area of PSS who will be able to assist you in the UREC process:

Directorate/Office Confirmed Signatory
Compliance and Risk David Barker
Estates and Facilities Jon Ashley
Finance Jonathan Winter
Human Resources Jonathan Winter
IT Services Chris Sharples
Research and Business Engagement Support Services April Lockyer
Student Experience Louise Walmsley
Communications and Marketing Janice Ellis
Development and Alumni Relations Alex Gribbin
Social Responsibility Julian Skyrme
Planning Support Helen Barton
Libraries Jan Wilkinson
Manchester Museum Henry Mcghie
Whitworth Art Gallery Esme Ward
Jodrell Bank Teresa Anderson
Teaching and Learning Support Unit Louise Walmsley