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.

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:
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
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