All research projects in the HHIRS, Rehabilitation Sciences (including applications to register for a research degree, final year undergraduate students undertaking a major project with research content, all post graduate degree students and all staff undertaking research projects) require approval from the Research & Ethics Committee to ensure compliance with relevant Pakistan Medical Research Council, PMRC regulations and best practice. To ensure compliance this form and any required supporting documentation (see overleaf) should be completed (in collaboration with the applicant’s tutor if the applicant is a student) and submitted as a single PDF file to the Committee’s servicing officer (see e-mail address below) along with one hard copy

You will be advised of the outcome of your application once it has been considered. You must not undertake any research activity directly associated with those aspects of your research requiring ethical approval until you have been notified in writing that your application for them has been unconditionally approved by the Research&Ethics Committee.

For all Design Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate applications please return this completed form and any supporting documents to the Design Research Ethics Sub-Committee at abdulhaseeb@hhirs.edu.pk

Note: You should consider the following:

  • Providing participants with full details of the objectives of the research                  
  • Providing information appropriate for those whose first language is not English      
  • Voluntary participation with informed consent                                          
  • Written description of involvement                                                                      
  • Freedom to withdraw                                                                                         
  • Keeping appropriate records                                                                               
  • Signed acknowledgement and understanding by participants                                
  • Relevant codes of conduct/guidelines     

NOTES FOR GUIDANCE:

1  Respondents’ co-operation in a research project is entirely voluntary at all stages. They must not be misled when being asked for co-operation.

2  Respondents’ anonymity must be strictly preserved. If the Respondent on request from the Researcher has given permission for data to be passed on in a form which allows that Respondent to be identified personally:

  • the Respondent must first have been told to whom the information would be supplied and the purpose for which it will be used, and also
  • The Researcher must ensure that the information will not be used for any non-research purpose and that the recipient of the information has agreed to conform to the requirements of any relevant Code of Practice.

3  The Researcher must take all reasonable precautions to ensure that Respondents are in no way directly harmed or adversely affected as a result of their participation in a research project.

4  The Researcher must take special care when interviewing children and young people. The Faculty REC will give advice on gaining consent for studies involving children or young people.

5  Respondents must be told (normally at the beginning of the interview) if observation techniques or recording equipment are used, except where these are used in a public place.  If a respondent so wishes, the record or relevant section of it must be destroyed or deleted.  Respondents’ anonymity must not be infringed by the use of such methods.

6  Respondents must be enabled to check without difficulty the identity and bona fides of the Researcher.

[1]Illegal activities incorporates any illegal activity; for example,trespassing, theft, or online piracy.

[1]Hate Crimes are those committed against someone because of their disability, gender-identity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

[1]Harmful and illegal cultural practices: these include violence against women and girls, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), forced marriage, child sexual exploitation and honour-based violence.

[1]Accessingprohibited websites: You will need to seek permission from IT-HHIRS; advice on how to gain permission is available from the IT-HHIRS and Digital Library helpdesk.

[1]Radicalisation refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism leading to terrorism

[1]De-radicalisation usually refers to activity aimed at a person who supports terrorism and in some cases has engaged in terrorist related activity, which is intended to effect cognitive and/or behavioural change leading to a new outlook on terrorism and/or disengagement from it.

[1]Secure File Share: You will need to ask IT department and Digits Library to create a Secure File Share for your project, with access restricted to yourself, or if absolutely necessary, any internal co-investigator(s).  Advice is available from the IT-HHIRS and Digital Library officer helpdesk

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