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Fast-track application process

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Our School’s Research Ethics Committee allows for fast-track consideration of eligible applications. These applications are reviewed in the same manner as standard applications, but outside the scheduled meetings.

Eligible grounds for fast-track review include:

  • Projects where the sole method of data collection is by anonymous questionnaire/survey involving respondents over the age of eighteen
  • Minor amendments or extensions of projects which have already been granted ethical approval by the SLSCS REC
  • Urgent applications by SLSCS staff members involved in externally-funded research projects.

Application for fast-track ethics approval involves the applicant submitting a completed standard application form, along with supporting documents (e.g. questionnaire etc.), to the Research Ethics Committee, at any point during the calendar year. Three hard copies, as well as an electronic version, must be submitted by applicants.

All fast-track applications must include a completed and signed fast-track cover sheet (DOC, PDF), securely attached to the application form.

The electronic version should be sent to

Hard copies of application materials should be sent to:

Chair, Research Ethics Committee
School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences
Room 4091, Arts Building

Please note that in the case of fast-track applications which, in the opinion of the Chair or a reviewer, require further ethical scrutiny and consideration by the REC, the Chair will present the application to the full REC for review at the next scheduled meeting.

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