Research ethics committee


 

Schedule of meetings 2018-19

Dates to follow shortly

Decision-making time-frame

Please note that applications are reviewed as and when they are received - they do not need to wait until a meeting of the Committee. Reviews are conducted by email correspondence amongst REC members. 

Applications can be submitted to research.ethics@lse.ac.uk at any time. The maximum period for providing an approval under Chair's action should be within 4 weeks of an application being received, but in most circumstances it is hoped that this could be achieved within 10 working days.

Where a Research Ethics Review is referred for consideration by the full Research Ethics Committee, the maximum period for providing a decision should be within 3 months of an application being received, but in most circumstances it is hoped that this could be achieved within 4‐6 weeks.

For further guidance please visit the Research ethics policy, procedures and guidance webpage.

Membership

Chair  Professor John Worrall (Chair, Philosophy)  to 31 Jul 2018
Group 2 Dr Shakuntala Banaji (Media & Communications) to 31 Jul 2019
Group 4 Dr Ilka Gleibs (Social Psychology) to 31 Jul 2020
Group 1

Dr Heather Kappes (Management)

to 31 Jul 2019
Group 4

 Dr Thomas Leeper (Government)

to 31 Jul 2019
External member Jenny Stevens  to 31 Jul 2019
 Group 4 Dr Jen Tarr (Methodology) to 31 Jul 2020
 Group 5  Dr Siva Thambisetty (Law) to 31 Jul 2018
Research only  Dr Michela Tinelli (LSE Health and Social Care) to 31 Jul 2018
 Group 1

 Dr Edgar Whitley (Management)

to 31 Jul 2018
 

 Lyn Grove (Secretary)

Terms of Reference

The Research Ethics Committee (REC) is a sub-committee of Research Committee. Its two core functions are: i) to review and make recommendations on the School’s Research Ethics Policy and procedure; ii) to take responsibility for making decisions on applications for ethical approval that have been submitted by staff and students across the School. More specifically, the Terms of Reference of the REC are as follows:

1. The Committee shall keep under review and make recommendations on the School’s Research Ethics Policy.

2. The Committee shall have responsibility for making decisions on applications for ethical approval that have been submitted by members of staff and by students across the School.

3. In particular, the Committee shall ensure that the School complies with the LSE Research Ethics Policy in the following ways:

a) recognise where advice and guidance is required from colleagues outside the Committee, and if necessary call upon experts to assist with advice and review;

b) provide guidance to Principal Investigators where it is considered that the documentation submitted is insufficient for the Committee to make an informed decision;

c) in conjunction with the Health and Safety team, ensure that, so far as may be possible and reasonable, risks are minimised both to participants and researchers occasioned by or associated with research conducted from within the School;

d) where a Principal Investigator is uncertain about the ethical implications of a proposal, provide further guidance as to the appropriate type of ethics review required;

e) take advice from the School’s Data protection officer, Data Librarian and Information Security team to ensure that researchers comply with data protection procedures and legislation;

f) conduct, on a periodic basis, a review of those decisions that have been made through expedited review;

g) ensure that there are no conflicts of interest when making decisions;
h) conduct periodic audits of ongoing research projects.

4. The Committee will liaise with departments and centres and other relevant units of the School (such as LSE LIFE, PhD Academy) regarding the provision of research ethics training.

Mode of Operation
The Committee meets at least once per term. The quorum for Committee meetings is half of members plus the Chair. Applications are reviewed as and when they are received - they do not need to wait until a meeting of the Committee. Reviews are most often conducted by REC members electronically.