School of Nursing and Midwifery S-SPEC applications

Introduction

The scope of the School—Student Project Ethics Committee (S-SPEC)—is to consider and oversee good practice in all matters within the School of Nursing and Midwifery relating to ethical issues associated with students’ research projects undertaken as part of a taught undergraduate or postgraduate course. It also considers requests for access to students and / or staff at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Keele University for research purposes.


Applicants

Postgraduate taught students should first have discussed their research project with the appropriate programme and/or module lead. Students wishing to carry out a research project with the School of Nursing and Midwifery must first gain approval from S-SPEC using the guidance provided here.
Staff wishing to carry out a research project should apply to the Keele University Ethical Review Panels (ERP). More details can be found here: https://www.keele.ac.uk/istm/informationforstaff/ethicalreview/ The S-SPEC chair should be informed of any project that proposes to involve nursing or midwifery students so that we can advise on ‘access’ arrangements.


Applicants that wish to recruit nursing and/or midwifery students or staff as part of their research project should contact the S-SPEC chair for advice regarding the ‘access’ arrangements. A copy of ethical approval from a relevant body would be required.


All applicants should read the School of Nursing and Midwifery S-SPEC application guidelines and complete the application form. This form should be submitted, together with the relevant supporting documents to S-SPEC via the committee chair. Typically the application will include:


• The application form
• Participant information and consent forms
• Any other relevant documentation for the project (e.g. master’s project proposal form, questionnaires, interview schedules)


S-SPEC must be satisfied that the aims, design and analysis of the project reach an acceptable scientific standard.


Please allow four weeks (20 working days) from submission of your application to get a committee response. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure full approval has been received before any research investigations commence.