The Social Sciences and Humanities Inter-Divisional Research Ethics Committee (SSH IDREC) is one of CUREC’s three subcommittees. It delegates part of its review responsibilities to ratified Departmental Research Ethics Committees (DRECs).

CUREC hierarchy (About us - SSH IDREC page 70%)

Meeting dates

Upcoming termly meetings of the SSH IDREC are as follows:

2016-17 Academic Year

  • Hilary Term  - 25 January 2017
  • Trinity Term - 3 May 2017


2017-18 Academic Year

  • Michaelmas Term - now 25 October 2017
  • Hilary Term 17 - 24 January 2018
  • Trinity Term - 2 May 2018

Constitution and Standing Orders

The Committee is constituted in accordance with the University regulations on CUREC subcommittees (Part 13 of Council Regulations 15 of 2002). These regulations, in conjunction with the SSH IDREC Standing Orders (251kb), detail the remit of the committee, their responsibilities, requirements for quorum, and requirements (for the committee and researchers) for record keeping and audit.

Committee Membership

The committee includes members from a range of academic and non-academic disciplines. Some members are internal to the University and have academic positions. Of the academic members, some are "research active" but others are not currently involved in research with human participants or personal data.

The committee also has external lay members who bring valuable expertise and perspectives from non-academic and non-educational sectors. In this way it is hoped the members together reflect the interests of researchers, participants and third parties. Appointed members serve for 4 years and are re-eligible. For full details of committee membership requirements, see Part 13.8 of the Council Regulations.

Please see the current SSH IDREC membership and standing orders.

Please note: any queries about the committee should be sent directly to and not to individual members.  

Review of "complex" CUREC 2 applications

The SSH IDREC delegates review of straightforward applications (CUREC 1As) to the IDREC Secretariat or DRECs where appropriate. This means the full committee only reviews CUREC 2 applications.