Research requiring approval from the NICR committee includes, but is not restricted to:
Staff and students carrying out the types of research described on this page always need approval from the University’s NICR committee, but may also need to seek NHS Research and Development and NHS Research Ethics Committee approval via the Integrated Research Application System (IRAS). If you have any questions about seeking ethical approval through IRAS, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You must discuss with the appropriate NHD R&D Office as to whether NHS R&D approval ONLY is required, or whether NHS R&D and NHS REC approval is required, and seek guidance from them as to the subsequent application process.
Approval through NICR should proceed as outlined below:
Staff should complete and submit an IRAS application form, then send a copy of the application (including reference number) to NICR along with their completed NICR approval coversheet.
Students should complete an IRAS application form, but not submit it. Instead, they should save a copy of the IRAS PDF form and send it to us alongside their completed NICR approval coversheet for authorisation.
As well as NHS REC approval through the IRAS system applicants are also required to confirm the sponsor for your project and provide proof of indemnity cover as part of your application. Letters confirming both sponsorship and indemnity will be provided by Research and Innovation Services.
The process for obtaining letters:
Please allow time for this process as both letters will only be issued once the above process has been completed. In addition, indemnity letters may not be issued immediately as any high risk topics (e.g. pregnant women or small children) may require confirmation from the University insurer that the project will be covered.
The NICR committee meets regularly throughout the year to consider ethical approval applications. See their schedule of upcoming meetings and submission deadlines below.
|10 Sep 2019||
24 Sep 2019
|08 Oct 2019||
22 Oct 2019
|26 Nov 2019||
10 Dec 2019
|14 Jan 2020||
28 Jan 2020
|11 Feb 2020||
25 Feb 2020
|10 March 2020||
31 March 2020
|7 April 2020||
28 April 2020
|12 May 2020||
26 May 2020
|16 June 2020||
30 June 2020
|No meeting in July||
No meeting in July
|11 August 2020||
25 August 2020
|15 Sept 2020||
29 Sep 2020
|13 Oct 2020||
27 Oct 2020
|10 Nov 2020||
24 Nov 2020
|6 Dec 2020||
22 Dec 2020
Applicants should make themselves available between 11:00 and 15:00 to take enquiries from committee should the need arise. Please ensure an appropriate contact telephone number is provided on your NICR coversheet.
|Steven Waters||Lay Chair|
|Josie Evans||Co-Deputy Chair|
|Fiona Harris||Co-Deputy Chair (Research Leave)|
|Anne Whittaker||Co-Deputy Chair|
|Nicola Cunningham||Health Sciences|
|Allison Ford||Inst. for Social Marketing|
|Douglas Eadie||Inst. for Social Marketing|
|William Clark||Lay Member|
|Stuart Hislop||Lay Member|
|Dawn Cameron||Health Sciences|
|Kate Clarke||Health Sciences|
|Paul Rigby||Social Sciences|
|Sinead Currie||Natural Sciences|
|Benjamin Dering||Natural Sciences|
Get in touch with the NHS, Invasive or Clinical Research Committee.