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Ethical approval for research will generally be needed where data are being collected in the course of an empirical research project or in the case of projects which involve the collection of new data, not already in the public domain, concerning living persons. Advice on whether approval is needed should be sought at an early stage in research planning, and in any event before the research begins, from the Director of Research. In the first instance please refer to the Faculty Research Ethics Policy, and contact Mrs Alison Hirst (

Further information on research ethics and on ethics training is available at the Arts Humanities and Social Sciences Research website.

Tripos and LLM students should consult their supervisor for guidance on ethics issues arising through the planning of dissertations or theses, in addition to the information available in the relevant student pages.