Arts, Humanities and Cultures FREC

Terms of reference

  1. To consider applications for ethical review from University staff and students which include research with significant ethical dimensions, in particular those involving human subjects; data pertaining to human subjects; and research with the potential for an adverse impact upon the physical environment. UREC has delegated the review of such proposals to the Faculty Research Ethics Committees (FRECs).
  2. To work with applicants to ensure that research is conducted ethically.
  3. To promote awareness and understanding of ethical issues in research throughout the Faculties covered by the FREC.
  4. To provide advice on any ethical matters relating to research that are referred to it from within the Faculties covered by the FREC.
  5. To audit completed research which received ethical approval to ensure compliance with ethical practices. 
  6. To monitor the ethics review arrangements in place within Schools and Institutes within the Faculties covered by the FREC.
  7. Where necessary, to withdraw or suspend approval of a research project due to serious concerns regarding its ethical aspects.
  8. To refer matters of complexity or sensitivity to the UREC for advice or assessment.
  9. To report to UREC on an annual basis.
  10. Where the Committee is responsible for more than one Faculty, the Chair and Deputy Chair will usually be based in different Faculties.
  11. The FREC will meet four times a year and on an ad hoc basis as necessary.
  12. The Committee shall have the power to co-opt such additional members as are necessary for the conduct of its business. 
  13. Applications which come within the remit of the Health Research Authority Research Ethics Committees, or Home Office regulated research are not within the remit of this Committee. 


Chair: Prof Robert Jones, School of English
Deputy Chair: Dr Alinka Greasley, School of Music

Faculty Representatives: 

Dr Vien Cheung, School of Design 
Dr Dian Li, School of Design 
Dr Clare Barker, School of English  
Dr Georgina Binnie, School of English (from September 2017)
Dr Nicholas Ray, School of English (from January 2018) 
Dr Helen Graham, Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies 
Dr Diane Morgan, Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies 
Dr Laura King, School of History (on research leave until June 18) 
Dr Catherine Coombs, School of History 
Dr Jessica Meyer, School of History 
Dr Alex Ding, School of Languages, Cultures and Societies (from May 2017) 
Dr Caroline Fielder, School of Languages, Cultures and Societies (from June 2017) 
Dr Serge Sharoff, School of Languages, Cultures and Societies 
Dr Nina Wardleworth, School of Languages, Cultures and Societies (from June 2017) 
Dr David Lee, School of Media and Communication (on research leave from January 2018)
Dr Kate Nash, School of Media and Communication (from March 2017) 
Dr Freya Bailes, School of Music 
Prof Jonathan Pitches, School of Performance and Cultural Industries 
Dr Aylwyn Walsh, School of Performance and Cultural Industries (from September 2017)
Dr Adriaan van Klinken, School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science 
Dr Mel Prideaux, School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science 
Dr Jasjit Singh, School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science 

Other members

Dr Alice Temple, Research Ethics Senior Training and Development Officer, ODPL/ IDEA CETL
Prof William Gould, light touch reviewer, School of History
Kelli Zezulka, Student representative (from January 2018) 

Lay members

Martin Hamilton 
Kate Williams  

Review process

Most applications are reviewed by email by at least two 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 PVAR 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.

Faculty-specific guidance.  

Research Councils