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All external researchers1 who wish to recruit University of Oxford staff or students as participants in research studies are required to seek permission to do so via the following process.
Advertising and recruitment should not begin until the following permissions have been obtained, as appropriate.
The external researcher should then email the relevant University of Oxford ethics committee (either the Social Sciences and Humanities Interdivisional Research Ethics Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Medical Sciences Interdivisional Research Ethics Committee (email@example.com) sending the following information:
Upon review and approval of the above, the relevant Oxford ethics committee can provide a letter to the researcher(s) stating that the proposed research has been judged as meeting appropriate ethical standards. However, it should be noted that any such letter will not constitute ethical approval of the study and Oxford will not undertake a separate ethical review of the research. Rather it is intended to provide confirmation that the research is to be conducted to the same ethical standard as those expected of University of Oxford staff and students. The letter will also make clear that in the case of any queries, advice should be sought from the relevant institution’s research ethics committee.
1 External researchers are those who are not students of the University, not employees of the University or its colleges, and who are not formally collaborating with University staff or students.
2 Please see the University of Oxford website for a list of colleges and a list of departments.