Research Ethics Drop-In Clinics

Years: 1,2,3


Research Ethics Drop in Clinics take place to enable PhD Researchers to discuss specific issues with the Research Governance staff.

PhD researchers (and their supervisors) with questions or comments are invited to attend to seek advice and discuss issues across a range of subjects including:

  • Ethics processes - UREC and IRAS
  • Research in the HSC/NHS – access, timelines and approvals
  • Training needs and provision
  • Regulatory matters (Human Tissue Act, Data Protection etc)
  • Integrity and misconduct
  • Intellectual property
  • Working with others - contracts and agreements

Please note that these sessions are open and booking is not required.  If you have a specific concern or sensitive matter to discuss, please contact Research Governance directly:


  • Elaine Bell

    Elaine Bell is our Research Governance Officer and has extensive experience of the processes of obtaining ethical and other governance approvals.

  • Nick Curry

    Nick Curry is the Head of Research Governance and has worked in the area of ethics and governance for many years.  He is responsible for developing and maintaining the University’s internal research ethics and governance processes and interface with the NHS/HSCNI.

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework

This session maps on to Domain C of the Vitae Framework: Research governance and organisation which includes the sub-domain areas of:

  • C1: Professional conduct
  • C2: Research management
  • C3: Finance, funding and resources
The Vitae Researcher Development Framework