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.
|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
This combines, updates and supersedes previous best practice guidance documents 1 (Casual and local workers) and 10 (Home visits)
|Gaining informed consent in elite or expert interviews||All|
|Research involving 'competent youths'||All|
|Guidance on internet-based research (IBR). Includes guidance on Social Media research, Safe Harbor/Privacy Shield aspects, 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 (log in if the file is not visible):
|Studies where there is a possibility of identifying psychological distress or disorder in non-NHS participants||All|
|Collection, storage and management of data collected for research purposes||All|
|Anonymisation and identifiers in research||All|
|Collection of biological samples||MS IDREC and OxTREC|
|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|