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Ethical Review Manager (ERM): Online system for University ethical approval

WARNING! A major update that we will be performing to the ERM system on 28/02/2019 between 8-11am.


In addition to a number of critical updates, this release will also take advantage of some new system functionality which will enable us to simplify the application process and improve the overall system usability. Please note, this update will be mandatory as of the date and time above and any user with an application in progress will need to update their form before it can be submitted.

The update may result in answers to some questions disappearing and applicants will need to complete these questions again before they submit. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

We recommend applicants download a copy of their application before running the update so that previous answers can be referred to where necessary. This can be done by selecting the print button which will generate a PDF that can then be saved. Alternatively, applicants who are resubmitting can also navigate to the History tab where they will be able to download a copy of any earlier versions.


*IMPORTANT UPDATE* ERM now features an automatic submission feature. This means that once you sign the form (and obtain any additional required signatures) the system will automatically submit the application on your behalf. Please note, to ensure your signature is recognised please ensure you remain logged into the ERM system for at least 60 seconds after you sign the form to allow time for the screen to refresh. You will also receive an email confirmation that submission was successful.

Submitting an ethics application? Log into the Ethical Review Manager System 

The University has adopted an online ethics review software system (ERM) to manage the ethical review of research projects that involve human participants. This online ethical review application system is available to both members of staff and students at the University of Manchester. The system will help applicants submit and track their applications as well as make it easier for the University Research Ethics Committee and various Division/School panels to conduct reviews, provide feedback and approve applications.

The how-to articles and tutorial videos in the submenus below provide guidance to members and staff and students on how to use the online ethical review application system (ERM).

Please consult our guide to Frequently Asked Questions before emailing the central research office to see if the answer to your query is listed.

Ethics Decision Tool

Access the Ethics Decision Tool

Important note: please use Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari to access the tool, it is currently NOT working in Google Chrome.

Accessing the ERM

To access the new ERM system, please use the following URLs and log in with your University of Manchester username and password (the same information you use to access your email):

  • Review: To review an ethics application (UREC or Division/School Ethics Personnel ONLY) please log onto the review side of the system 


Creating and Submitting an Ethics Application

Please see below for a selection of PDF training guides and short videos to walk you through the steps of creating and submitting your ethics application.

Getting Started-Video

Getting Started 'How To' PDF Guides

How to create a new ethics application (Section A)

Submitting an Application-Videos

Submitting an Application-'How To' PDF Guides

Revising an Approved Application

Please see below for a selection of PDF training guides and short videos to walk you through revising your approved ethics application or submitting a progress/end of study report.

Making Amendments to an Application-Videos

Making Amendments to an Application-'How To' PDF Guides

Submitting an End of Study/Progress Report (UREC Only)-Video

Submitting an End of Study/Progress Report (UREC Only)-'How To' PDF Guide

Reviewing an Application

This section refers to tasks that would be carried out by reviewers and administrative staff ONLY.

Reviewing Applications-Videos

Role Specific PDF Training Guides

Please see below for a list of PDF Training Guides that are specific to each role in the new ERM system. Please ensure you read the contents carefully as the screenshots and buttons available will change depending on your role. If you hold more than one role in the system, please ensure you read each guide as required. 

You may find it beneficial to set up an email inbox rule to move all notifications from the new online system into a single folder. If you wish to do this, please see the PDF guide below for specific instructions.


ERM has a Correspondence feature which acts as an internal messaging service (with the added benefit of being able to attach documents) within ERM. For more information on how this feature works, see our PDF guide below.