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Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning


Terms of Reference

The terms of reference for the Cambridge Higher Education Research Ethics Committee are:

  1. To receive details of any research involving human participants or personal data carried out by members of staff or students conducting research on teaching and learning matters, or research relating to student admissions including outreach/recruitment work with potential students, conducted or coordinated by institutions at the University of Cambridge not affiliated to a Department / Faculty, where such research might be considered to raise ethical issues
  2. To consider such research on behalf of the university and to:  give a favourable opinion of the research design and protocols as proposed; give a favourable opinon following advice or changes to the planned research; give a favourable opinion under certain defined conditions or specific requirements; or to refuse to endorse the research. 
  3. To advise, at its discretion, on the ethics of studies not satisfying the criteria in (1) above
  4. Where the committee considers that they are unable to provide the necessary level of review, to refer the case to a relevant School-level Research Ethics Committee
  5. Where the committee receives a project that falls under the Research Governance Framework for Health and Social Care, to refer the case to an NRES ethics committee
  6. To report annually to the University Research Ethics Committee


Committee Members

  • Dr Ruth Walker (Chair)
  • Dr Meg Tait (Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning)
  • Dr Sonie Ilie (Faculty of Education)
  • Dr Annette Mahon (Lucy Cavendish College)
  • Dr Emma Coonan (Anglia Ruskin University)
  • David Marshall (University Libraries)
  • Meg Westbury (Wolfson College)
  • Helen Duncan (Disability Resource Centre)
  • John Harding (Disability Resource Centre)
  • Dr Alexa Horner (Cambridge Admissions Office)
  • Alessandro Ceccarelli (President, Graduate Union)
  • Alistair Hyde (Education Officer, Cambridge University Students' Union)




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