Research Ethics

Research Ethics

Research Ethics


In UCC, research ethics are the responsibility of the University Ethics Committee (UEC). The UEC is a committee of Academic Council and it reports annually both to Academic Council and to Governing Body.

The chair of UEC is Professor Ciara Heavin, Dept. of Business Information Systems, Cork University Business School.

UEC has the following key responsibilities

  • To develop policy and procedures governing ethics in research and research conduct

  • To make recommendations to Academic Council to ensure the effective operation of ethics governance structures at UCC

  • To establish and oversee ethics sub-committees

  • To co-ordinate training and raise awareness of ethics and good research conduct among staff and students.

Please note that UEC does NOT process individual research proposals for ethical approval. This responsibility currently falls to three Research Ethics Committees. The nature of the research proposal (whether focused on animal research, clinical research or social research) determines the appropriate Committee (see below).

Please click on the title for a full copy of the Research Ethics Policy. This provides an introduction to the ethics committees which operate in UCC and their reporting structure.  

UCC Code of Research Conduct

You can access the webpage for the UCC Code of Research Conduct V2.4 and guidelines at 

Which ethics committee should you contact?

  • APPENDIX A of the UCC Code of Research Conduct V2.4 details the procedure for identifying the relevant ethics committee.
  • The NREC will focus on Clinical Trials of Investigational Medicinal Products CTIMP) (NREC-CT) and Clinical Investigations of Medical Devices (NREC-MD), with a view to a launch date of early May. It is anticipated that NREC-MD will take on the approval of device studies from May 3rd, and that NREC-CT would take the CTIMP studies  under their governance from January 2022.
  • Researchers are required to submit research proposals to the Committee most relevant to their research methodology.

For ethics support queries, please contact 

Appeals Procedure

For appeals of research decisions by committees please see UCC Research Ethics Review Appeals Procedure

Guidance on consent when conducting research in the areas of Health and Social Care

Please see HSE National Policy for Consent in Health and Social Care Research

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