The University of York requires prior ethical review for any research conducted with people, as well as studies using social media and research on extremism. If your work falls into any of these categories, you should seek ethical review before starting your research.
Please note that there is no provision for post-hoc approval. Conducting research without the required approvals can result in disciplinary measures.
There are two tracks for ethical review in the Department of Politics. Staff and PGRs use the Economics, Law, Management, Politics, and Sociology Ethics Committee, known as ELMPS. Undergraduate and PGT student applications are reviewed within the Department by the Ethics Officer and Deputy Ethics Officer.
Here you will find information on these two processes, as well as some initial resources, whether to aid you in preparing an application for review, or to learn more about research ethics in Politics and IR. Follow the tabs for further information.
For further guidance or queries, contact the Ethics Officer, Rebecca.Tapscott@york.ac.uk.
Staff and PGRs in the Department of Politics planning to do research with and/or on people, to conduct primary analysis of social media, who are studying extremism, or who plan to conduct research that could have risks for themselves, others, or the University, should submit their research projects to ELMPS for ethical review. ELMPS reviews applications once every two months, and applications are due two weeks before these meetings. Find out more on the ELMPS home page and how to apply page.
UG and PGT students planning to do research with and/or on people, to conduct primary analysis of social media, who are studying extremism, or who plan to conduct research that could have risks for themselves, others, or the University, should submit their proposed research for intra-departmental review. Information including submission dates and application guidance can be found on the VLE.
Please note, many other professional associations have guidelines that may be helpful or relevant. You can get in touch with your advisor or the Risk and Ethics Officer if you are seeking additional resources.