Research Ethics Committee

The Research Ethics Committee is responsible for determining the ethical acceptability or otherwise of proposals for University research projects, and projects for research degree programmes or postgraduate taught programmes, and for advising accordingly. It is a sub-committee of the Research Committee.


  • The Chair of the Research Degrees Committee or nominee (Chair)
  • Maximum of two representatives from each Institute and from UWTSD London
  • A representative from Research and Innovation Services


Current Members (2019-20):

  • Dr Nik Whitehead (Co-Chair)
  • Dr Stuart Jones (Co-Chair)
  • Junnine Thomas-Walters (Yr Athrofa)
  • Rebekah Humphreys (Yr Athrofa)
  • Angharad Lewis (Yr Athrofa)
  • Nalda Wainwright (IMH)
  • Andy Williams (IMH)
  • Dr Julia Lockheart (WISA)
  • Jonathan Pugh (WISA)
  • Dr Gladius Kulothungan (London Campus)
  • Matt Briggs (RIES)


Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference for the Committee can be found in Chapter 2 of the Academic Quality Handbook (AQH) 2019-20. 

  1. To provide advice and guidance on established and evolving ethical issues and contribute to ethical awareness and training;
  2. To ensure that Institute procedures for dealing with ethical issues raised by staff or student research are appropriate, and to monitor their effective and consistent implementation;
  3. To consult whatever evidence and opinions it considers appropriate to ensure that decisions relating to approval of ethical aspects of research methods are based solely on ethical grounds;
  4. To provide written approval for all relevant University research projects or research degree programme proposals with conditions or requirements where appropriate, or to provide written refusal with justification;
  5. To receive regular reports from Institutes on ethical issues and to make recommendations in relation to ethical issues;
  6. To consider and provide formal responses to cases referred to it in response to requests from Institutes;
  7. To report annually to the Research Committee and Research Degrees Committee on actions taken and decisions made during the preceding year.



The Research Ethics Committee will meet three times an Academic year on the dates below. These meetings are by Skype.

  • 20th November 2019
  • 12th February 2020
  • 22nd April 2020

There are monthly e-cycles where Ethics forms are considered by the committee members. Submission dates to be included in the e-cycles are below:

  • 2nd October 2019
  • 13th November 2019
  • 1st January 2020
  • 12th February 2020
  • 18th March 2020
  • 6th May 2020
  • 10th June 2020
  • 1st July 2020
  • 29th July 2020

To make an application, or request further information, please contact