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LSE Research Division

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Contact: Joanne Hemmings

Tel:  +44 (0) 20 7955 7884

Email: j.hemmings@lse.ac.uk|


For queries relating to research ethics contact Lyn Grove

Tel: +44 (02) 7955 5221

Email: research.ethics@lse.ac.uk|


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Research policy and ethics


The Research Division's Research Policy team is responsible for ensuring that the School maintains the highest standards in its research activity.  The work of the team encompasses: 

  • Research ethics and guidance - Through the Research Ethics Committee, the team ensures that the School upholds a high level of scrutiny for research projects requiring ethical consideration.  For ethics related queries email: research.ethics@lse.ac.uk.
  • Research Committee - The team services the Research Committee which, amongst other things, is responsible for administering the Research Infrastructure and Investment Fund (RIIF), monitoring research activity across the School, and reviewing Research Centres.  View further information on forthcoming meetings, membership and terms of reference
  • Research Excellence Framework - In conjunction with the REF Strategy Committee, the Research Policy team had responsibility for ensuring that the School delivered the optimal submission to the REF2014. The team is now working on preparations for REF2020. View further information on the REF.


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Increasingly, research funding bodies require institutions, which they support, to have and operate an active and rigorous process for the scrutiny of ethical implications of individual research projects.

The LSE Research Ethics Policy (available below) sets out the procedure for obtaining independent ethical scrutiny of research proposals by the LSE Research Ethics Committee.

Researchers should follow the step-by-step guide below when devising research proposals involving human participants, personal, medical or otherwise sensitive data or methodologically controversial approaches. It provides pointers to direct researchers’ thinking about the ethical dimensions of their research.

It is expected that researchers will already have addressed the academic justification for the project in their proposal; the guide aims to help researchers address specific ethical issues in so far as they relate to participants or data.

If you have any queries please contact Lyn Grove on research.ethics@lse.ac.uk|

Obtaining ethical approval:

1: Please read the LSE Research Ethics Policy and Procedures|.

  Complete the Checklist in Annex B (Step 1, page 9).

3. If you answered 'no' to all questions in the Checklist, proceed to Step 3/Self-Certification (pages 15-16). This should be submitted to your Head of Department, Research Centre Director, or their administrations as appropriate. 

4. If you answered 'yes' to section (iv) of the Checklist - i.e. your research may be subject to specific ethics review by an external ethics committee - please send the completed Checklist to research.ethics@lse.ac.uk| for reference and submit your research to the appropriate external body for ethics approval. Once ethics approval is granted please send a copy of the letter of approval together with any relevant documentation to research.ethics@lse.ac.uk| for the records of the LSE Research Ethics Committee. 

5. If you answered 'yes' or 'not certain' to any questions in section (v) of the Checklist you will need to complete the Research Ethics Review Questionnaire in Step 2 (page 12) and return to research.ethics@lse.ac.uk| for approval by the LSE Research Ethics Committee. 

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