MaPS & Engineering (MEEC) FREC

Terms of Reference

The University Research Ethics Committee (UREC) Terms of Reference include approval of proposals for research which comes under the Terms of Reference to follow. UREC has delegated the review of such proposals to Faculty Research Ethics Committees (FRECs), such as the MEEC FREC, to consider approval for proposals that include research with significant ethical dimensions, in particular research involving human participants or their data, or significant negative environmental impact. 

MEEC is a cross-faculty ethics committee reviewing applications from MaPS and Engineering. A number of faculty representatives sit on the committee as well as two lay members.  

Applications which fall within the remit of the NHS Health Research Authority and Home Office regulated research are not within the remit of this Committee.


Chair: Dr Dawn Groves, Mechanical Engineering
Deputy Chair: Dr Raymond Holt, School of Mechanical Engineering 

Faculty representatives:


Dr Nikolaos Nikitas, School of Civil Engineering 
Prof Richard Hall, School of Mechanical Engineering 
Dr Brian Henson, School of Mechanical Engineering 


Neil Hancock, School of Food Science and Nutrition
Dr Caroline Orfila, School of Food Science and Nutrition 
Dr Anwesha Sarkar, School of Food Science and Nutrition 
Dr James Thorne, School of Food Science and Nutrition 
Dr Oliver Harlen, School of Mathematics and Pro Dean for Research and Innovation
Dr Samantha Pugh, MaPS (from June 2016)

Postgraduate representatives:  
Zheng Li, School of Food Science and Nutrition
Kate Palmer, Doctoral Training Centre for Low Carbon Technologies 

Ms Brenda Phillips, Research Data Leeds
Dr Alice Temple, Research Ethics Senior Training and Development Officer, ODPL/ IDEA CETL

Lay members:
Dr Jackie Coates
Judith Scott

The Committee has the power to co-opt such additional members as are necessary for the conduct of its business.

MEEC webpage on MAPS website

Review process

Most applications are reviewed by email by at least four members of the FREC. Once your complete application is received you'll receive an email from the administrator confirming receipt and giving you an ethics reference number (eg MEEC 14-567). You should allow six weeks for the review to take place. The initial review usually takes place within 2-3 weeks, and once this has happened you'll receive a letter from the administrator detailing the outcome of the review. You may be asked to clarify certain aspects of your application or to make some changes (this is called a Provisional Opinion) or your application may be approved without you having to make any changes (a Favourable Opinion). In very rare cases an application may be given an Unfavourable Opinion, if this happens the FREC will explain in the letter why that decision was made and they will offer to discuss options for changing your research project with you.

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