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


Guidance on identifying and addressing ethical issues relating to qualitative research, particularly ethnographic research Mainly SSH IDREC
Gaining informed consent in elite or expert interviews All
Research involving 'competent youths' All
Guidance on making payments (financial or otherwise) to research participants All
Guidance on internet-based research (IBR). Includes guidance on Social Media research, consent issues and an informed consent template for use in 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   

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
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
Streamlined ethics review process for large Oxford-led collaborative projects with a number of partners and complex sub-studies, as well as general guidance on seeking local ethics review for other research studies where appropriate. Appendix A includes an ethical issues checklist in international research. Mainly SSH IDREC
Guidance produced by the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities for research conducted in response to public health or humanitarian emergencies All