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Ethics Review Form

Theatre And Performance Studies Undergraduate Research Ethics Review Form


[A downloadable Word document of this form is available here]

Theatre and Performance Studies

UNDERGRADUATE Research Ethics Review Form


This form should be completed by any undergraduate student conducting research that involves live participants. Your research supervisor will provide guidance and assistance for you to complete the form if required. The form needs to be signed off by yourself, your supervisor, the Director of Undergraduate Studies AND your Personal Tutor and returned to the Theatre Studies Office (G28, Millburn House) before interviewing or other fieldwork commences. You should determine whether your work requires completion of this form by the end of week 3 in the Autumn Term with the completed form returned the end of Week 5 of the Autumn Term. For 2011 this date is 4thNovember 2011#. Please note it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they have gathered all required signatures and returned the form to their personal tutor by this date.



The Department and the University are committed to ensuring high standards of research at all levels. To ensure that research complies with the University’s ethical guidelines, all students who wish to undertake research involving human participants and their data must obtain appropriate ethical approval. Normally, successful completion of the Department’s Undergraduate Research Ethics Review Form will confirm such approval. In some instances (highly unlikely for undergraduate research), additional approval must be sought for students’ research. Specifically:

1) any research involving NHS patients/staff/facilities/participants recruited through NHS resources must be approved by an NHS Local Research Ethics Committee or Multi-centre Research Ethics Committee;

2) research projects of sufficiently high risk to participants or the student or outside the scope of the normal ethical expertise in the Department (as determined by the Director of Undergraduate Studies).


Research Support Services at Warwick provide further guidelines on ethical practice: Please see

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/rss/apply_funding/ethics_governance/statement/guidance


1) Your name:


2) Degree:


3) Title/subject of essay/dissertation:


4) Ethical considerations: briefly detail the ethical considerations entailed by this research project and the mechanisms that will be used to address them. [boxes are included to indicate where you should type – please feel free to expand these where required]












5) Risks to researcher: Please identify any risks to the researcher posed by the project.






6) Recruitment of Participants: Please a) specify how potential participants will be identified, b) identify your inclusion/exclusion criteria, explaining the purpose behind those criteria, and c) confirm that in advertising for participants, you will not overstress payments or other inducements to take part.





7) Informed consent: Except in the instance of questionnaires where returning a completed questionnaire is considered to signal consent, written informed consent from participants is required. This consent, which includes research participants involved in audio/visual recording, must conform to the University’s Guidelines on Ethical Practice. Please indicate below the process by which you will ensure that fully informed consent is obtained, detailing when appropriate any additional assent procedures that will be used where children are involved and how informed consent will be secured where an influential relationship exists between the researcher/recruiter and his/her potential participant.





8) Vulnerable participants: If your research involves vulnerable participants, please note why their inclusion in your study is requisite and how you will protect these participants’ rights.






9) Incentives/Compensation: If travel/out of pocket expenses will not be paid to participants, this circumstance must be explained clearly in advance to participants. Please note here any payments that will be made to participants to reimburse for travel/out of pocket expenditure and fully justify any additional payments that will be made to participants.





10) Participant Benefit/risk: Please highlight any possible benefits to the participants and any potential harm/risks to participants that may ensue from participation in your study. Where potential risks/harm have been identified, please indicate what steps will be taken to minimize/monitor them.





11) Data protection: In accordance with the Data Protection Act, please specify how you will ensure the confidentiality of information that would identify particular participants, and what action may be taken should confidential information be discovered that would cause concern.





12)Data Storage: Please confirm that original data (including signed consent forms and copies of relevant documentation) will be kept in a secure location, accessible for inspection if required for at least 10 years after completion of your degree.







Signature Section:


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Signature of Supervisor………………… …………………………………………...


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Signature of Personal Tutor……… ……………………………………………………...


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*In those instances where supervisor, personal tutor and Director of Undergraduate Studies are the same person, please obtain the signature of the Head of Department as a second staff signatory to the agreement.


#Should the circumstances of your research change significantly after this point, please consult your supervisor as to whether a new ethics form needs to be drawn up.


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