In light of COVID-19 and the easing of the government’s restrictions, we have implemented guidance on research involving face-to-face interaction with research participants. This is so that we can continue to keep our staff and students, and the participants in our research projects, safe.
Staff and Student Research
Staff and students can now undertake research projects in the UK which require face-to-face interactions with participants. Requirements such as the wearing of face masks, social distancing, ensuring adequate ventilation and the cleaning of surfaces must still be maintained.
A risk assessment must be undertaken with the Health and Safety Office before any research can restart. The approved risk assessment should be uploaded on the Health & Safety tab when you submit your ethics application.
Where research is conducted ‘off campus’ researchers will have to consider how to apply the social distancing and mitigation controls to their particular research activity and research setting (e.g., protests, domestic settings, in the street).
Each project application should now have a risk assessment that shows what is being done to address COVID risks.
If the study is taking place in an external institution, that institution’s guidelines must be followed unless that institution’s guidelines are less rigorous than City’s guidelines on social distancing.
Opening of labs to reinstate face-to-face research will have to be discussed locally with the COO and PAF and follow the university’s guidance on social distancing on campus. In addition, a risk assessment must be undertaken before any research can restart.
Please ask your health and safety officer in your School/Department for help with the completion of the risk assessment. If you are a student, your supervisor will contact the health and safety officer on your behalf and assist you with the risk assessment.
Please download the risk assessment and the social distancing guidance (internal access).
Lifting of suspensions or new ethics applications involving face-to-face interaction with research participants will be considered once risk assessment has been undertaken (Risk Assessment form to be attached to the ethics application).
Please ensure that you provide the participants with information about City’s guidelines on social distancing, e.g., asking participants if they have had any symptoms in the last two weeks.
Please upload your risk assessment in the Health and Safety tab on REO.
For further information about ethics approval, you can find the details of your local Research Ethics Committee at the bottom of the Research ethics approval process page.
City still does not permit international travel, including for research purposes.
Staff and students are not permitted to undertake face to face research if they are currently based outside the UK. In these instances, staff and student based abroad should continue to use telephone calls or online methods of communication to collect data or conduct surveys, interviews and focus groups.