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Research Ethics at Leeds

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Phoenix, online research ethics application system is currently available to the faculties of Business, Environment, Social Sciences (BESS+); Arts, Humanities & Cultures (AHC) and Engineering & Physical Sciences (EPS); as well as Healthcare.
Paper-based applications are NO longer accepted for these Faculty Research Ethics Committees (FRECS).

Important information for users of Phoenix

If you cannot locate your Academic Supervisor/Research Team Members name when beginning an application, it means that particular individual has not yet logged into the Phoenix system.

Please ask them to log into Phoenix, using the link 'First time login to Phoenix' (once they have done this, you will be able to locate their name in the search function.)

First time login to Phoenix

Any problems, please email

Upcoming Events

Phoenix is being rolled out across the University according to the timetable below.  (Paper-based applications will no longer be accepted after the roll out dates.)

From the week beginning 2nd September 2024 - School of Psychology.

From the week beginning 9th September 2024 - Faculty of Biological Sciences & School of Medicine (paper-based applications will no longer be accepted from 14th August 2024.)

TBC: School of Dentistry.

We will be undertaking support activities with colleagues in all these areas ahead of the roll out.


You must have ethical approval for your research project from a recognised research ethics committee prior to any research activity starting.

Accessing Phoenix

How to apply for research ethics approval

This section explains how to apply for research ethics approval.

You can also access the University's online research ethics application system Phoenix here.

How to amend an approved research ethics application

This section contains information on how to apply for an amendment of an approved research ethics application

Policies, Protocols and Guidance

This section contains the University Research Ethics Policies and Protocols you will need to be familiar with when applying for ethical approval.

Information about Faculty Research Ethics Committees

This section contains information relating to the 5 Faculty Research Ethics Committees:
Arts, Humanities and Cultures (AHC)
Biological Sciences (FBS)
Business, Environment, Social Sciences (BESS+)
Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS)
Medicine and Health (FMH)


This section contains template forms and documents available to download

Health and Safety

This section is for help in locating the correct risk assessments you may need to have in place before starting your research project.

The importance of research ethics reviews

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all researchers and research organisations it supports have rigorously considered any ethics implications arising from the research design, methodology, conduct, dissemination, and the archiving, future use, sharing and linkage of the data produced.  It has a thorough ethical review procedure, in line with the University's Research Ethics Policy, which all researchers should follow

Research conducted to high ethical standards supports both the academic freedom of researchers and the reputation of the University as a centre for world-class research. Careful reflection and planning in relation to research ethics should not only benefit participants but should also enhance the overall quality of the research.

The University publishes an Annual Statement on Research Integrity.

The Statement for the previous session is available below: