University governanceUniversity Ethics Committee

The University Ethics Committee (UEC) is responsible to the Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee (RKEC), for the consideration of general ethical issues relating to the teaching and research of the University which involves investigations on human beings.

The UEC will consider studies submitted for ethical review and will strive to protect the rights, dignity, safety and well-being of all actual and potential participants.

The Committee will also provide impartial advice to participants and researchers. The UEC meets on a monthly basis (usually the first Thursday of every month) to consider projects submitted for ethical review.

Code of practice

Code of Practice on Investigations Involving Human Beings was published in February 2017 and provides information on which projects must be submitted to the UEC for consideration and which can be dealt with by Departmental and School Ethics Committees. The code sets out the procedures to be followed when submitting a project for ethical review and the responsibilities of the various parties involved. The code also contains information on the membership and the terms of reference of the UEC.


When submitting your application, please number the documents in your email (ie in the file name for each document, eg "1 Ethics App Form", "2 PIS", "3 Interview Questionnaire" etc) in the order you would like them packaged together for consideration by the UEC.

Helpful hints

This you might need ethics approval for your project? Take a look at our helpful hints section before you get started.

Events & training in ethics

Strathclyde Ethics Workshop

Led by members of the University Ethics Committee, this is a half-day workshop designed to give researchers a good knowledge of ethics so that they understand the University’s ethical requirements and procedure and have the skills to obtain ethics approval when necessary.

The workshop will involve a mix of presentations, discussions about case studies and exercises in small groups. For further information on future dates and to register on the waiting list, please go to the online bookings system.

Glasgow Clinical Research Facility

The Glasgow Clinical Research Facility's Education & Training Unit runs a range of courses and workshops on clinical and ethical issues.