Welcome to SAGE: Self-Assessment for Governance and Ethics

All members of the University proposing to carry out research involving human participants, their data and/or tissue or animal research should assess whether their project requires review by an ethics committee before recruitment or data collection commences.

SAGE must be completed and submitted by clicking 'Finish' at the end of the declaration page by

  • Staff and visiting researchers
  • Postgraduate research students (PhD and EngD) 
  • Postgraduate taught students (MSc and PsychD)
  • Undergraduate students

Completing SAGE will help you decide if your research needs ethical review by the University Ethics Committee or an external review body such as an NHS REC. 

If your responses in SAGE indicate that your research requires ethical and/or governance review, you will need to make an ethics and governance application (EGA).

Further information on how the data you provide in SAGE is used can be found in our privacy notice.

You can navigate forwards and backwards through SAGE by clicking on the 'Next' and 'Previous' buttons at the bottom of the page.

If you are a student, you must check with your supervisor that your responses are correct before submitting the form. DO NOT click on the ‘Finish’ button, until your supervisor has confirmed your responses to the questions are correct. You can do this by, clicking on the ‘finish later’ button at the bottom of the declaration page. Enter your own email address and the weblink will be sent to you by email. You can then forward this link to your supervisor to access your SAGE form.

You can stop and save your answers by clicking on 'finish later' at the bottom of each page and returning later to complete it. Once you are ready to submit, you should click on the 'Finish' button.