Contacts

If your research project requires ethical review and approval by the University (or you have a query about a potential application), please send this directly to the relevant committee (and not to the Central University Research Ethics Committee, which does not review or approve individual applications).

Medical Sciences Inter-Divisional Research Ethics Committee (MS IDREC)

(Primarily for researchers from the medical sciences, where the research does not require review by the National Health Service ethics review service)

Dr Helen Barnby-Porritt, MS IDREC Manager, Research Services, University of Oxford, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD

Email: ethics@medsci.ox.ac.uk. Tel: 01865 (6)16577 (Monday - Thursday).

Social Sciences and Humanities Inter-Divisional Research Ethics Committee (SSH IDREC)

(Primarily for researchers in the social sciences and humanities; depending on research methodology, also the mathematical, physical and life sciences)

Mrs Claudia Kozeny-Pelling, SSH IDREC Manager, Research Services, University of Oxford, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD

Email: ethics@socsci.ox.ac.uk. Tel: 01865 (6)16578 (Tuesday - Friday).

Oxford Tropical Research Ethics Committee (OxTREC)

(Primarily for medical research taking place outside the EU, or if the research is funded by the US National Institutes of Health or another US federal funding agency)

Dr Rebecca Bryant, OxTREC Manager, Research Services, University of Oxford, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD

Email: oxtrec@admin.ox.ac.uk. Tel: 01865 (2)82585 (Wednesdays, Thursdays and Friday mornings).

Departmental Research Ethics Committees (DRECs)

Some individual departments have their own research ethics committees that review and approve applications for research involving human participants and personal data.

Applications from students and researchers from these departments should be sent directly to the DRECs.

If your department does not have a DREC, please check which divisional research ethics committee should review your project.

Central University Research Ethics Committee (CUREC)

CUREC is responsible for establishing, promoting, implementing, and monitoring policies and procedures for the review, approval, and monitoring of research projects involving human participants or personal data. It does not review or approve individual research project applications.

Secretary of the Central University Research Ethics Committee, University of Oxford, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD

Email: curec@admin.ox.ac.uk

Complaints

Information for researchers

If you are a researcher, the standard wording to include in information for participants about the complaints procedure can be found in the Participant Information Sheet Template (59kb)

If you receive a notice of a concern about your project, you should contact:

Please note that there is a distinction between expressing a concern and raising a complaint. If you are in doubt, please contact your committee in the first instance.

If a committee chair receives a formal complaint, she/he may delegate the matter for appropriate action, including referring the matter to CUREC. The chair may otherwise determine the process for dealing with the case as she/he considers fit.

Information for participants

If you have a concern about an Oxford University research project with which you have been involved, please speak to the relevant researcher who will do his/her best to answer your query. The researcher should acknowledge your concern within 10 working days and give you an indication of how she/he intends to deal with it. If you remain unhappy or wish to make a formal complaint, please contact the chair of the Research Ethics Committee at the University of Oxford (or for certain projects, the University’s Clinical Trials and Research Governance (CTRG) Team). Contact details of all CUREC’s subcommittees are above on this page.