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Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning


The Cambridge Higher Educational Studies Research Ethics Committee (CHESREC) has been established primarily to support educational researchers who are not affiliated to Departments or Faculties. We also support staff located in disciplines whose research ethics committee processes would not normally support research into teaching and learning practices.

It may be that the formal involvement of an ethics committee in your work is not necessary, for instance if you are evaluating your teaching for internal purposes rather than undertaking a formal educational research project. However, the University expects that all researchers embarked on research involving human participants or personal data should consider the ethical risks of their work (see Research or Evaluation? for more guidance). To that end, we have set up a three-stage process for review of teaching and learning research projects, which is detailed in our Ethical Review Process.



CHESREC will meet once a term, when they will consider applications for Stage 3: Full Review. Please ensure that your applications are submitted at least one week before the committee meeting date, or they may not be added to the agenda papers.

2019-20 Committee Meeting Dates

  • Michaelmas Term | Monday 28 October 2019, 2 - 4pm
  • Lent Term | Thursday 16 January 2020, 10 - 11am
  • Easter Term | Thursday 7 May 2020, 10 - 11am


For enquiries, contact:


The committee's Terms of Reference and a list of members can be found on the CHESREC Members and Terms of Reference page.


Latest news

New teaching and learning newsletter launched

1 November 2019

The Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning has recently launched the new Cambridge Teaching & Learning Newsletter , in collaboration with our partners in the Technology-Enabled Learning Programme of the Cambridge University Press. The archives of the newsletter will shortly be available at the link above, as well...

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018-20 Teaching, Learning & Innovation Fund

1 October 2019

In the spring of 2019 applications were received for the Teaching, Learning and Innovation Fund awards. We were delighted by the enthusiastic response, with 17 applications received across the University's six Schools. Five * grants were awarded and our congratulations are extended to all the winners: Project Lead Project...