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Business, Environment and Social Sciences (BESS+) Research Ethics Committee

NB: All new ethics submissions to the BESS+ FREC should be submitted through the Phenix (the online application system).

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The University Research Ethics Committee has delegated the ethical review of such research proposals to Faculty Research Ethics Committees (FRECs), including those involving human participants or their data, or significant negative environmental impact.

BESS+ is a cross-faculty ethics committee reviewing applications from the Faculties of Business, Environment and Social Sciences. A number of faculty representatives sit on the committee as well as a lay member.


Chair: Dr Judith Hanks, School of Education, FSS
Deputy Chair: Prof Paul Glover, School of Earth & Environment, ENV

Faculty representatives:

School Ethics Leads for Environment

School Ethics Leads for Leeds University Business School (LUBS)

School Ethics Leads for Social Sciences

Additional members

Student Representatives

Review process

Most applications are reviewed by at least two members of the FREC. Once your complete application is submitted you'll receive confirmation and application reference number. You should allow six weeks for the review to take place.

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