Welcome to Middlesex Online Research Ethics (MORE)

*******UPDATE December 2021*********

Dear researchers

There have been recent changes in England to prevent the spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus. Everyone should be cautious whilst managing the risks as cases of COVID-19 remain high.  Please ensure that your research follows the government's latest requirements and advice: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirusFind out what will change and what you should do to protect yourself and others.

If you are working outside England, please check the requirements for the location where your research is to be conducted.

It is still safer to collect data using indirect means of contact such as the phone, online surveys or video-conferencing*. Some individuals may not feel ready to resume contact with others as lockdown restrictions are lifted and researchers need to be mindful of the effects of covid-19 and/or lockdown on individuals' emotional well-being, and this should be recognised in the research design and mitigated against to support participants. 

You will need to consider the data protection requirements for your research with human participants and how to manage this using indirect means of contact (e.g, by phone, online surveys or video-conferencing facilities) and ensure the following are completed accurately;

  • Ethics Application Form
  • Participant Information/Consent Form (see MyLearning Middlesex Online Research Ethics area sections 4, 5 and 7)*

* Further information on data protection is provided in section 5, and guidance on using online systems for research can be found in section 7. We've also provided guidance on how to create anonymous online surveys, and online participant form and consent form templates in Qualtrics for you in section 4



If you are a supervisor please check your student's application to ensure it follows the government's latest position on coronavirus: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus


If you are a REC reviewer undertaking a review of current, future new or modified applications please check applications to ensure they comply with the government's latest requirements and advice on coronavirus: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus


Wishing you all good health 

Dr Tracey Cockerton 

Chair of University Ethics Committee 


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