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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|

Follow our step-by-step guide to obtaining ethical approval:

Step 1:  Download the LSE Research Ethics Policy| [Word]

Step 2:  Complete the LSE Research Ethics Checklist| [Word] and return to research.ethics@lse.ac.uk|

Step 3:  If you answered 'no' to all questions in the checklist proceed to point 4. If you answered 'yes' to any questions in the checklist you will need to complete a Research Ethics Review Questionnaire| [Word].

Step 4:  Download Informed Consent| [PDF]  



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