Statutory Bodies and Committees

Social Science Research Ethics Committee (SSREC)

The Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee (SSREC) scrutinises the ethical implications of research grant proposals submitted to external funding bodies by University staff with a view to their endorsement. It complies with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Research Ethics Framework. It is a sub-committee of the Ethics Committee.

All ESRC-funded staff and PhD students should seek ethical approval through SSREC rather than their own departmental committee.

Secretary to the Committee: If you would like further information about the Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee, please contact Rebecca Wise, ext 4714.

Committee members

Terms of office expire on 31st July in the year stated. The comittee is predominantly made up of Department Research Ethics Officers (DREOs) who are able to serve on the committee until their term as a DREO expires.

Dr Fiona Gillison Chair
Dr Eleonora Fichera Economics  
Dr Lizzie Milligan Education  
Dr Felia Allum Politics, Languages & International Studies  
Dr Nathalia Gjersoe Psychology  
Dr Ana Cecilia Dinerstein Social & Policy Sciences  
Dr James Betts Health  
Dr Chris Dawson School of Management  
Non-University Members    
Mr Andrew Fraser    

Terms of Reference

Approved by University Ethics Committee, 2 May 2006. Revisions approved 6 February 2007, 14 October 2008, 7 May 2013 and 6 October 2015.

  1. To review ESRC research ethics proposals from University staff and advise on the requirements for ethical approval.
  2. To give written endorsement of the ethical implications of such proposals that require ethical approval, or provide written information as to why endorsement has not been given.
  3. To consider resubmissions.
  4. To refer to the University Ethics Committee cases which cannot be resolved or about which there is uncertainty.
  5. To receive reports from department research ethics officers on proposals endorsed via EIRA.
  6. To advise on the most appropriate monitoring mechanisms for projects that have been approved, and to receive monitoring reports at agreed intervals from the principal investigator.
  7. To advise department research ethics officers on student research proposals which cannot be resolved or about which there is uncertainty.
  8. To operate procedures when scrutinising proposals with a view to endorsement that are no less rigorous than those suggested or required by relevant professional bodies.
  9. To advise the University Ethics Committee on training needs for SSREC members.

Procedural Rules

Appointment of Chair: Nomination to be approved by the Board of Studies of the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.
Co-option: Department Ethics Officers as required from other Social Science areas.
Alternates: None specified.
Quorum: One third of the committee, or three members, whichever is higher
Rules for voting: None specified.
Minutes: Submitted to Ethics Committee.

SSREC meetings

There are four scheduled SSREC meetings each year, but where requirements for approval fall outside these dates the committee can consider proposals by correspondence. Wherever possible, submissions to full meetings are preferred.

Meeting date Submission of application
Wednesday 17 May 2017 Wednesday 3 May 2017
Wednesday 1 November 2017 Wednesday 18 October 2017
Wednesday 6 December 2017 Wednesday 22 November 2017
Wednesday 28 February 2018 Wednesday 14 February 2018
Wednesday 16 May 2018 Wednesday 2 May 2018

Interim dates for approval by correspondence

  • 6 September 2017
  • 4 October 2017
  • 17 January 2018
  • 28 March 2018
  • 20 June 2018
  • 25 July 2018
  • 5 September 2018


Submissions for ethical approval require the completed EIRA1 form, plus other additional information on approved forms available from the SSREC Secretary. Staff and PhD students from the Departments of Psychology or Health may apply using the standard forms for their own departments.