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.

Contact details


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

Department DREC name DREC chair Taking staff/student applications? Contact for submitting applications or queries
Anthropology & Museum Ethnography SAME DREC
Dr Elizabeth Ewart Staff and students Kate Atherton (
Blavatnik School of Government BSG DREC Prof Peter Kemp Staff and students Jill Macgregor (
Computer Science CS DREC Dr Andrew Martin Staff and students Jennifer Lockie (
Continuing Education Cont Ed DREC Dr Alistair Ross Staff and students Amy Crickmay-Heraty (
Economics Economics DREC Dr Simon Quinn Staff and students Eleonara Fulcini (
Education Education DREC Dr Liam Gearon Staff and students

Staff applications:
Student applications:

Geography & the Environment SOGE DREC Prof Jim Hall Staff and students Gillian Willis (
Global & Area Studies OSGA DREC Prof Timothy Power Staff and students Francesca Tucci (
International Development ODID DREC Prof Loren Landau Staff and students Staff applications: Emma Rundall (
Student applications: Dominique Attala (
Oxford Institute of Population Ageing OIA DREC Prof Kenneth Howse Staff and students
Oxford Internet Institute OII DREC Prof Rebecca Eynon Staff and students David Sutcliffe (
Politics & International Relations (staff) PIR DREC (staff) Prof Desmond King Staff only Ana Gornatkevic (
Politics & International Relations (students) PIR DREC (students) Prof Ben Ansell (Politics)
Dr Karolina Milewicz (International Relations)
Students only Andrew Melling (
Saïd Business School SBS DREC Dr Janet Smart Staff and students Chris Brooke-Hollidge (
Social Policy & Intervention SPI DREC Dr Jamie Lachman Staff and students Olivia Thornton (
Sociology Sociology DREC Prof Christiaan Monden Staff and students Agnieszka Swiejkowska (


Resources for DRECs


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:

Complaints process

In the event that a complaint is made either about research approved by this committee or about the committee itself, the complaints process will be followed:

Setting up a DREC


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