The aim of our committee is to ensure that research is conducted according to best practice and in accordance with ethical standards in research. Our first priority is to safeguard the health, welfare, dignity and rights of human participants and the researchers undertaking the work in order to minimise risk to these parties as well as the University of Limerick itself. It should be noted that our REC facilitates, not hinders, valuable research and to protect you the researcher from unjustified criticism and/or legal action. We are here to help you so please utilise this committee when planning your research, we prefer to chat with researchers first if you have any questions about the ethical aspects of your work.

The deadline for the monthly Ethics Committee is the first Thursday of each month. Note the Committee does not meet in August.

Forms must be submitted by the Principal Investigator (ie Supervisor) only, applications will not be accepted by any other persons.

Guidelines and application forms are available at the links below if you need assistance please email: 

  • A 'Chair's Decision' can be made in situations where minor amendments are required to a previously approved application that is needed to be reviewed immediately. Please see form below.

It is advised you view the below videos before proceeding with your Ethics application. The first four videos are no longer than six minutes in length.

Please note that an Ethics Application must contain the following:

  • 1. Application form
    • The majority of applications will use the Expedited Ethics form
    • The Full Ethics Form is only in the case where underage and/or vulnerable participants are involved  - see video How to fill out an application (Sections 1-4) for more information. 
  • 2. Relevant documents 
    • Please find these forms within in the Application form that the participants will view i.e. Participation Information Sheet(s) and Consent form(s)
    • These need to be written with the participant in mind, avoid complex jargon and ensure that grammar is checked.
    • If there are separate parts to the study (survey, followed by a focus group) then separate Information Sheets and Consent Forms need to be provided for each phase.
  • 3. Interview Questions/Survey Questions
    • For each phase of the study please provide the Survey, Interview and Focus group questions - these are important to provide so we can make a decision
    • For even semi-structured interviews and focus groups we will need the foundational and overarching questions being asked.
    • For online surveys please provide the actual questions with the application as well as the link to the draft survey.
  • 4. SE Research Privacy Notice Form
    • Please ensure to correctly fill this out and answer any yellow text. Note that some of this information cannot be completed until after approval.
  • 5. Link to the Microsoft Consent Form (surveys/interviews/focus groups/workshops, consent)
    • This is important to provide, otherwise, we will send your application back and this will delay your work. Questions/themes from surveys/interviews/focus groups/workshops must be provided in a word document included in the application form as well as the links to these).

Application Forms


Other Forms

UL Child Protection Form - to be submitted only if using participants under the age of 18.

Chairs Decision Form (.pdf) (.rtf)  -  to be submitted if minor changes have been made to a previously approved application.

Appeals Process: 

ULREG (University of Limerick Research Ethics Governance committee) is primarily concerned with research related policies, procedures and governance, whilst all research ethics applications are considered at Faculty level by Research Ethics Committees (RECs). All appeals of Faculty REC decisions are referred to ULREG. Please email: Dr Barry Shanahan, Research Governance Officer, 

Insurance Cover:

It is important to confirm insurance cover for your research. Details of the University’s insurance cover is available at
and is summarised in the Guidelines for Insurance Cover Research. 

Please note that where there is any query whatsoever about whether or not the necessary insurance cover is in place, the Principal 
Investigator/Supervisor must contact the Insurance Administrator 

General Information

Guidelines for Research on Human Persons by Staff or Students

Schedule of S&E Ethics Committee Meetings 2023/24

Committee Members 2023/24:

Associate Professor John Mulvihill (Chair) School of Engineering 
Associate Professor Eoin White (Vice-Chair) School of Architecture and Product Design
Associate Professor Anthony Comer School of Engineering 
Professor Hussain Mahdi Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering
Associate Professor Arash Joorabchi Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering
Associate Professor David O'Sullivan Department of Mathematics & Statistics
Associate Professor Shirin Moghaddam Department of Mathematics & Statistics
Associate Professor Jason Bennett Department of Biological Sciences
Associate Professor Fabiana Sarda Department of Biological Sciences
Associate Professor Luis Padrela Department of Chemical Sciences
Associate Professor Bernadette O'Regan Department of Chemical Sciences
Associate Professor Orest Shardt Department of Chemical Sciences
Associate Professor Katie Crowley Department of Computer Science & Information Systems
Associate Professor Gavin Wade Department of Computer Science & Information Systems
Associate Professor Sarah Guerin Department of Physics

Recording Secretary: Johanna Griffin,