College of Arts and Humanities

Research Ethics

Any research project under taken within the College of Arts and Humanities that involves human participants must adhere to the Research Ethics Policy outlined in the guidelines and procedures.

The College’s Research Ethics Committee will ensure that research performed within, or supported by, the College of Arts and Humanities is conducted in an ethical manner and in accordance with the University Research Ethics Framework.

For more information, please consult the documentition on this website or contact Nerys Boggan, Admin Support & Events Officer, College of Arts and Humanities:

Who needs to submit an ethics application?

If your project involves collecting primary data from human subjects, it requires ethics aproval from the College of Arts and Humanities. This applies to all staff and students (undergraduate and postgraduate).

If you are only using publicly-available secondary data, i.e. data that has been collected by somebody else, your project does NOT require ethics approval. Good examples are census data, documents from national archives, and corpora like CHILDES or TalkBank.

How to submit an application?

The first step is to carefully read the following two documents:

After you have read the documents, please complete the appropriate ethics application form.

Student applications:

If you are a student, your next step is to meet with your supervisor in order to discuss the first draft of the application. Once you have integrated your supervisor’s comments, you need to meet with your school’s Ethics Officer (see list below). After the Ethics Officer and your supervisor agree that the documents are ready, you can submit the forms for consideration by the Research Ethics Committee.

Staff applications:

If you are a member of staff, please meet with your school’s Ethics Officer to discuss your application. Afterwards, please send the revised forms for consideration by the Research Ethics Committee.

Completed application forms and supporting documents (e.g., questionnaires, consent form, information sheets, etc.) should be sent to Nerys Boggan, Admin Support & Events Officer of the College of Arts and Humanities:

How long does it take to get a project approved?

Obtaining approval can take 4–6 weeks, especially when subjects include children, patients, etc. There will be further delays if the application is incomplete, lacks detail, or was submitted during vacation periods.

Research projects that represent only minimal risk to subjects are usually processed significantly faster. Some cases have been fully approved within 10 days.

Sensitive Research

Bangor University supports its researchers in undertaking valid research using sensitive material. As part of this support it recognises its responsibility to ensure that researchers are protected from a misinterpretation of intent by authorities which may lead to legal sanctions. It is therefore essential that the University is aware of such research, and authorises it through the appropriate ethical processes, before the research commences, thereby allowing the University to demonstrate that it is aware of the project and that it has been through the appropriate review process.

Sensitive Research - Guidelines

Useful links

Research Ethics Committee

Member Email Function
Dr Peter Shapely Committee Chair
Dyfrig Jones Ethics Officer, Creative Studies & Media
Alys Conran Ethics Officer, English
Dr Mark Hagger Ethics Officer, SHWHA and SPAR
Dr Thora Tenbrink Ethics Officer, Linguistics
Dr Rossella Merlino Ethics Officer, Modern Languages
Iwan Llewelyn Jones Ethics Officer, Music
Professor Gerwyn Wiliams Ethics Officer, Cymraeg
Gwenan Hine Assistant Registrar
Nerys Boggan Ethics Administrator