Ethical clearance

When designing any research project involving human participants or human-related materials, UQ Business School students must investigate the need for ethical clearance and obtain it when required.

Low and Negligible Risk Ethics Applications

From January 2017, all low and negligible risk ethics applications for review will be submitted to the BEL Low and Negligible Risk (LNR) Sub-Committee.

Meetings will be held on a fortnightly basis, with the cut-off for submissions being one week in advance of the scheduled meeting.

A new web page has been established on the UQR&I web site that provides information regarding Low and Negligible Risk Reviews.

Specific BEL Faculty information is also included on this page, including the calendar for meetings (including cut-off dates) for the first quarter of 2017. Applicants should use the Human Research Ethics Application.  All applications for the BEL LNR Sub-Committee should be submitted via the instructions for the Human Research Ethics Application and emailed to BELLNR@UQ.EDU.AU.

For all queries regarding the BEL LNR process, including HREA queries, please email BELLNR@UQ.EDU.AU


Research data management plan

We strongly encourage students to construct a research data management plan with their supervisor. Your plan should pay particular attention to the consistency between statements of confidentiality in the consent form and the data sharing requirements of your funding body or publication outlet (which may require open data access). If any changes to the approved protocol are required, please submit for an official amendment as above. For more information on a research data management plan, click here.

Facilitating a speedy ethical clearance process

Here are some tips to facilitate a quicker assessment process:

  • consult with your advisor(s) and seek their feedback on the application before making the submission;
  • get a friend to read the application to see if anything is unclear to them;

The assessment process is unlikely to be completed within the target period if:

  • the application and supporting documents are not of professional standard (i.e. not checked for spelling and grammatical errors, and omissions. Includes typos);
  • the application is incomplete (e.g. any of the required questions have been left unanswered, some of the required details have been omitted);
  • any of the required supporting documentation is not provided; and;
  • the supporting documents are not prepared in accordance with the UQBS ethics committee guidelines (see sample documents).