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College Research Ethics and Governance Committee

The College of Engineering Research Ethics and Governance Committee (REC) is a sub-committee of the University Research Ethics and Governance Committee and directly reports to it. The remit of the College of Engineering research ethics and governance committee is:

To provide ethical review for research on human participants and/or data that is not publicly available when no other system for formal ethical review is available/appropriate.

*In respect of students, the term ‘research’ is given a broader definition to encompass service evaluation, where this concerns human participants.


  • Research by staff or students which requires NHS research ethics scrutiny
  • Research where no human subjects or personal data are accessed (such as review of literature, animal research etc.)
  • Research using publicly available data
  • Note: When conducting research outside the UK, ethical permissions should be sought locally as well as through the College ethics committee

The committee may also consider broader issues concerning research governance and policy in the university.

*Where research involves the collection of HTA relevant human samples (‘relevant-material’-under-human-tissue-act-2004) from non-NHS patients and storing that tissue for any period of time either NHS REC approval is required or samples must be held under the University HTA licence (The University HTA licence has not been extended to the Bay Campus). The College of Engineering, is not sufficiently equipped for storing HTA relevant human samples, regardless of origin. Additionally, where researchers wish to use ionising radiation techniques (i.e. DEXA, X-ray etc.), the College REC cannot grant approval and NHS must be sought.

See Swansea University guidelines on collection of human tissue and ionising radiation