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Health and Life Sciences Procedures

All staff and students who wish to undertake research activities need to apply for ethical approval before commencing their research.


All staff and Post Graduate Research (PGR) students must use the ethics system on Worktribe for their research projects.

You will be able to access the system through the website and will be asked for your DMU single sign-on details. The new system asks a more comprehensive set of questions on your ethics application, while still being user-friendly. 

Training on using the new system, in the form of videos and user guides, will be available under the help menu on Worktribe and in the Digital Skills area of Blackboard. We will also be running faculty drop-in sessions where you can ask questions and see a demo of the system. 

Initially the system will only be used for staff and PGR applications. Undergraduate (UG) and Postgraduate taught (PGT) applications will move on to the new system in a phased manner later in the year, and information on this will be provided in due course.

If you have any questions please contact the team via email:


Guidance and Training Resources:

Research Ethics Code of Practice (RECoP)

HLS Ethics Application Guidance

Guide for Taught Students

Taught Student Flow Chart

PGR Preliminary Ethics Proforma

DMU Policies and External Requirements


DMU Policies

Research Integrity and Ethics Resources

Block Ethics Approval - Taught Students Only

Sensitive Research

Sensitive Research Guidance

Sensitive Research Form​

Amendment Application Forms

To amends a project (application started/completed pre 30/03/21) please use the amendment application forms below

Replace # with your 4-digit reference number

FREC # Ethical Amendments Application Form

FREC # Amendment Reviewer Form

Face to Face Research

Research Participant Covid-19 Exposure Declaration Form

(Re)starting Face to Face Research - Risk Assessment Form

New Study with Face to Face Research - Risk Assessment

Undergraduate and Post Graduate Taught Students​

Preliminary Ethics Review Forms

Taught Student Preliminary Ethics Review Form

Application Forms- Replace NAME with Applicants Name

A. NAME FREC Ethics Application Form

B. NAME Research Proposal

C. NAME Consent Form

D. NAME Participant Information Sheet


Reviewer Forms- Replace NAME with Reviewer Initials

NAME FREC Reviewer Form


Faculty Research Ethics Committee
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
De Montfort University
Research and Innovation Office
2.14 Heritage House
The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH
+44 (0) 116 207 8228 / +44 (0) 116 257 7864

Committee Chair

Professor Richard Hall - Chair
Dr Esmée Hanna - Deputy Chair