Ethics Filter Committee

Research governance is a process for managing research.

Research governance is a process for managing research. Its purpose is to ensure that the University’s research is well-designed, led and conducted by suitably qualified and experienced people and complies with relevant policies and laws. It applies to all human research, and to regulated research in all areas.

Research ethics is about ensuring that your research – especially if it involves human participants or subjects – is carried out appropriately. It is also about identifying and managing risks to participants and to you, the people carrying out the research.

Filter committees are in place across the University to ensure that all areas in which human research takes place are represented.

CHERP operates one such filter committee, chaired by Dr Cathal Breen, and has been setup to consider pedagogic research being undertaken as part of the MEd programme.  It can also consider other pedagogic research being undertaken across the University.

Please note that filter committees will provide approval for Category A research (low risk).

CHERP Filter Committee

Following the conclusion of the peer review process, your application will require consideration and approval by the filter committee.

Filter Committee Members

  • Dr Ciaran Acton, School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences
  • Dr David Barr, School of Education
  • Dr Cathal Breen (Chair), School of Health Sciences
  • Dr Claire Campbell, School of Psychology
  • Dr Roisín Curran, Centre for HE Research and Practice
  • Dr Sarah Floyd, Centre for HE Research and Practice

Your application (RG1a), associated documents and the RG2 (peer review report form) should be submitted to the CHERP filter committee via the Ethics Portal (link below).  Please click on the Guidance Notes section of the Ethics Portal to access the templates for RG1a, RG2, Participant Information Sheet, and Consent Form. You will also need to upload a CV for the CI, the Protocol information, and any other associated documents such as draft questionnaires, focus group questions etc.

It is advisable that you complete the Research Integrity course, which you will find on BlackBoard Learn under Staff Development  and Mandatory Training Courses, prior to designing your research approach and methods and applying for ethical approval.

The following are potential peer reviewers.  Please factor in time to approach a peer reviewer to ascertain their availability to engage in the peer review process within the time frame for your submission.

Potential Peer Reviewers

  • Professor Owen Barr, School of Nursing
  • Dr Heather Coleman, School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Ms Vicky Davies, CHERP
  • Dr Deborah Lowry, School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Mr Brian McGowan, CHERP
  • Dr Andrea Reid, Department of Management, Leadership and Marketing
  • Dr Rachael Telford, School of Sport

Online Surveys and GDPR compliance

A corporate licence for the JISC survey tool has been purchased.  This has become an industry standard with around 88% of UK Universities using it and it is GDPR compliant.

The University’s position is that the JISC survey tool is preferable to other free surveys and it should be used for all new research. Qualtrics may still be used as it offers more analytical tools than JISC and is more suitable for certain research.

The ISD portal is the contact point to apply to use JISC survey tool.  The application process includes a check that the person applying has read the necessary documents.

At the conclusion of the filter committee process, you will receive an RG3 report form which will detail any changes you need to make and the next steps you need to take.

Submission Dates

  • 8 October 2021
  • 5 November 2021
  • 10 December 2021

The filter committee normally meets two weeks after submission dates and decisions will be communicated to the PI shortly afterwards.

If you would like to setup a one-to-one meeting for advice on making an application to this filter committee, please email your request and details to cherp@ulster.ac.uk.

Please note that those applying under the auspices of the MEd will receive advice from the Project Module Coordinator and their Supervisor.