Departmental Research Ethics Committees (DRECs)


Departmental research ethics committees (DRECs) have delegated authority from the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) IDREC to approve research with 'straightforward' ethical issues (ie CUREC 1A applications). DRECs report to the SSH IDREC on a termly basis.

The following guide may be helpful to both DRECs and researchers:

Less straightforward cases where full CUREC 2 applications are required must be submitted to the DREC in the first instance for initial review, and processed by the DREC within three weeks of receipt. Once the DREC is satisfied, the CUREC 2 application will then be sent to the SSH IDREC for final review and approval. Where researchers apply for ethical review after the commencement of their research, they may only apply to the SSH IDREC, not their DREC.

Please see the SSH IDREC and DREC application process page for further information.

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The following departments have DRECs. Please apply to the DREC following the same principles as for applications to the SSH IDREC.

DREC details and contact information
Department DREC name and chair Taking staff/student applications? Contact for submitting applications or queries
Blavatnik School of Government BSG DREC
Chair: Prof Peter Kemp
Staff and students David Legg and Miriam Mendes (
Computer Science CS DREC
Chair: Dr Andrew Martin
Staff and students Katherine Fletcher (
Continuing Education OUDCE DREC
Chair: Dr Alistair Ross
Staff and students Tim Burman (
Economics Economics DREC
Chair: Dr Simon Quinn
Staff and students Eleonara Fulcini (
Education Education DREC
Chair: Dr Liam Gearon
Staff and students Ellie Gasper (staff applications), Lou Gully (MSc Education Assessment, MSc Learning and Teaching and MSc Teacher Education) and Jackie Bridges (DPhil and MSc in Education) (
International Development ODID DREC
Chair: Prof Loren Landau
Staff and students

Staff applications: Emma Rundall (
Student applications: Dominique Attala (

Oxford Institute of Population Ageing OIA DREC
Chair: Prof Kenneth Howse
Staff and students
Oxford Internet Institute OII DREC
Chair: Prof Rebecca Eynon
Staff and students
Oxford School of Global and Area Studies OSGA DREC
Chair: Prof Timothy Power
Staff and students Francesca Tucci (

Politics and International Relations (student applications)

DREC Chairs:
Prof Ben Ansell (Politics only)
Dr Karolina Milewicz (International Relations only)

BA, Masters and DPhil students only

Andrew Melling (
Politics and International Relations (staff applications) DREC Chair: Prof Desmond King Staff only

Ana Gornatkevic

Social Policy and Intervention SPI DREC
Chair: Dr Jamie Lachman
Staff and students Olivia Thornton (
Sociology Sociology DREC
Chair: Prof Christiaan Monden
Staff and students Agnieszka Swiejkowska (
Saïd Business School SBS DREC
Chair: Dr Janet Smart
Staff and students Chris Brooke-Hollidge (
School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography

Chair: Dr Elizabeth Ewart

Staff and students Kate Atherton (
School of Geography and the Environment SoGE DREC
Chair: Prof Jim Hall
Staff and students Gillian Willis (



All DREC administrators and chairs have access to the DREC Network SharePoint site. The DREC Network meets termly. The SSH IDREC Secretary updates all DRECs on latest changes to CUREC forms, best practice guidance, approved procedures, and invites guest speakers on ethics-related topics, such as information security and research data management.

The SharePoint site also offers a ‘DREC library’ of useful resources, such as this reviewing guide:



The SSH IDREC encourages departments and faculties to consider setting up their own DREC. Please see the DREC template constitution, which all DRECs need to adapt for their own departments.

For further advice on how to do this, and how DRECs report to the SSH IDREC, please contact the SSH IDREC Secretary at