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Research Ethics

Welcome to the Plymouth Marjon University Research Ethics and Research Integrity page.

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Research Integrity at Marjon

Plymouth Marjon University is an inclusive community that values sound learning, new discovery and the pursuit of wisdom for the good of all. Aligned to our values we seek to ensure rigour, respect and in how we go about all our research and knowledge exchange activities. In doing so we seek to apply the highest ethical standards at all levels of decision making, especially taking into account how these decisions might affect others and the natural world. As such, we uphold academic freedom and high ethical, scientific and professional standards.

The named contact for anyone wanting more information on matters of research integrity is Professor Michelle Jones, Deputy Vice-Chancellor,

The named contact for whistle-blowers or any other person wishing to raise concerns about the integrity of research being conducted under our auspices is Lucy Pengelly, Director of People and Organisational Development,

Research ethics

The Ethical Review Process is a cornerstone of decision-making and praxis in research.  Research is a step into the unknown. As a result, seeking unrevealed understanding often presents a range of risks. Some are trivial. Others profound.  The Ethical Review Process is designed to facilitate excellence in the pursuit of knowledge by helping researchers to identify such risks as well as ethical issues in the design, conduct and oversight of research. This enables researchers to develop reasoned and ethically defensible responses to these issues so that they may conduct their research while protecting themselves, their participants, colleagues, environment, and the University.

Members of the Research Ethics Panel

 The Research Ethics Panel is currently made up of:

See below for the Research Ethics Panel Terms of Reference.

Research ethics for students

Our Student Ethics Standard Operating Procedure (available below) describes the procedures for undergraduate and taught postgraduate research projects. These procedures take effect from academic year 2018-19 onwards.

All undergraduate and postgraduate taught student applications should be submitted to their supervisors in the first instance, not the University Ethics Panel.


The following deadlines and response timelines relate to staff and PGR students only.

Researchers are advised to submit an ethics application well in advance of their anticipated start date.


   Application Deadline        Decision
Mon 07 Sep 2020

Light Touch - Tue 06 Oct 2020

Full Review - Wed 07 Oct 2020

Mon 05 Oct 2020 Light Touch - Tue 03 Nov 2020
Mon 02 Nov 2020

Light Touch - Tue 01 Dec 2020

Full Review - Wed 09 Dec 2020 

Mon 07 Dec 2020 Light Touch - Tue 15 Jan 2021
Mon 04 Jan 2020

Light Touch - Tue 02 Feb 2021

Full Review - Wed 03 Feb 2021

Mon 01 Feb 2021 Light Touch - Tue 02 Mar 2021
Mon 01 Mar 2021

Light Touch - Tue 30 Mar 2021

Full Review - Fri 09 Apr 2021

Mon 05 Apr 2021 Light Touch - Thu 06 May 2021
Mon 03 May 2021

Light Touch - Wed 02 Jun 2021

Full Review - Thu 10 Jun 2021

Mon 07 Jun 2021 Light Touch - Tue 06 Jul 2021
Mon 05 Jul 2021

Light Touch - Tue 03 Aug 2021

Full Review - Wed 04 Aug 2021

Please note the caveat attached to our light touch ethics review: light touch applications are assigned as such based on the answers and justification provided within the Research Ethics Application. However, the light touch review panel reserves the right to escalate an application to the next full panel review if a light touch is deemed inappropriate.