Social Research

‚ÄĆSocial/non-clinical research, which involves human participants comes within the remit of the Social Research Ethics Committee (SREC). Ethical review by SREC is strongly recommended where the methodology is not clinical or therapeutic in nature and proposes to involve:

  • direct interaction with human participants for the purpose of data collection using research methods such as questionnaires, interviews, observations, focus groups etc
  • indirect observation of human participant for example using observation, web surveys etc
  • access to, or utilisation of, data concerning identifiable individuals.

Please Note: If a research protocol falls into both the jurisdictions of CREC and SREC, then the application will usually be referred to CREC. This is to safeguard the proportionality of clinical risk versus therapeutic benefit.


Please Note:  The Social Research Ethics Committee reviews ethical applications from UCC Research Post Graduate students (e.g. PhD and Masters by Research students), and employees. We do not accept applications from non UCC applicants or from undergraduate students. In general, applications from taught postgraduate students are dealt with at School/Department level.

Lunchtime Talk

Please click the below link to watch a video of a Lunctime Talk and Presentation on the SREC Application process delivered by the Chair of SREC on 17 May 2017

It contains useful information on the application process along with some of the common errors that are found in SREC applications

Research and Innovation

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