Best practice guidance

CUREC has approved best practice guidance documents for use by researchers. The use of best practice guidance is not mandatory – researchers should decide whether available guidance is relevant to their research. Some guidance documents are more suited to applications made to specific CUREC subcommittees, as indicated in the table below.

For guidance on oral and/or written consent processes, please see our Informed consent page.

List of CUREC best practice guidance documents
Best practice guidance Topic Relevant to which subcommittees?

Researcher safety, including interviewing in non-public places and considerations when employing local/casual staff for research projects/fieldwork

 

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Guidance on identifying and addressing ethical issues relating to qualitative research, particularly ethnographic research Mainly SSH IDREC
Guidance on elite and expert interviewing. This guidance may also be useful for researchers conducting other types of interview, including oral history interviews. All
Research involving 'competent youths' All
Guidance on making payments (financial or otherwise) to research participants All
Guidance on addressing the ethical issues associated with internet-mediated research, including research involving social media and online surveys All

Guidance for applicants whose research may potentially fall within the scope of the 'Prevent’ duty.
Please also see the University guidance on research involving security sensitive research material: Guidance on research involving security-sensitive research material   

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Studies where there is a possibility of identifying psychological distress or disorder in non-NHS participants All
Collection, protection, storage and management of data collected for research purposes (including anonymisation and identifiers) All
Guidance on conducting research interviews, both in person and remotely All
Consulting and/or photographing archival material (eg with restricted access) Mainly SSH IDREC
The use of human tissue samples from healthy volunteers: when and where to apply for ethical review All
Guidance on addressing ethical issues associated with conducting research outside the UK, including the need for local ethics approval, enabling equitable research and guidance on the ethics review requirements for large, collaborative research grants Mainly SSH IDREC but may be relevant to researchers based in other divisions
Guidance produced by the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities for research conducted in response to public health or humanitarian emergencies All