At Rhodes University, the ethical conduct of research is a high priority. Ethical research is promoted as part of research training and supervision, in Higher Degrees review processes, short courses for staff and students, and engagements with national experts.
In addition, Rhodes has adopted the Department of Health’s research Principals, Processes and Structures (DoH, 2015) accredited by the National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC).
There are three committees at Rhodes to provide ethical clearance for research by students and staff:
Each of the RECs have an online application system on ERAS and applicants should make sure they apply through the right form.
For overall deliberations on and support for research ethics, the Rhodes University Ethical Standards Committee (RUESC) meets four times a year.
All these committees are under the auspices of the Research Office. Within the Research Office, an Ethics Coordinator is available to manage the system and support applicants. RUESC in turn supports the coordinator and RECs on strategic matters.
RUESC is currently revising the Rhodes Research Ethics Policy for Research involving Humans. The revised version will be available here as soon as it has been adopted. For queries please contact the RUESC Chair, Prof. Eureta Rosenberg or the Research Ethics Coordinator Mr Siyanda Manqele.
ERAS is the online system through which Rhodes students and staff apply for and receive research ethics approval.
The ERAS system ONLY uses Rhodes University email. Check your email regularly for notices from ERAS
For queries contact the Research Ethics Coordinator
Mr Siyanda Manqele
046 603 7727
For step-by-step instructions on how to use ERAS, please download the manuals or watch the videos below:
Researchers outside Rhodes University should obtain research ethics clearance at their home institutions, and provide proof of such clearance when approaching Rhodes to conduct research at the institution.
Researchers wanting to engage Rhodes students or staff as research participants should contact:
If the research involves the Counselling Centre, also contact the Director of Student Affairs
Ms Nomangwane Mrwetyana
The Gatekeepers Permission letter/s must be emailed to
Mr Siyanda Manqele
Final approval may only be granted once all Gatekeeper Permission letters have been received.
Introduction to Research Ethics by Prof Henriette van den Bergh:
28-29 October 2020
Contact: Mr Siyanda Manqele
2. Education Faculty Workshop on Positionality:
See below for examples of Consent and Permission requests, which you can download and adapt according to your research.
The Rhodes University Animal Research Ethics Committee (RU-AREC) reviews applications for ethical clearance for research and teaching activities involving animal subjects. RU-AREC is registered with the National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC). Before you undertake any research/teaching that involves animals, be sure to read the Rhodes University Research Policy on Animal Ethics and navigate to the Research Involving Animal Subjects page. Applications for clearance can be done on the ERAS system using the Animal Ethics form.
Students or staff planning to undertake studies involving human participants or affecting humans, must apply for research ethics clearance through one of two committees, each of which have their own forms on ERAS.
Please use the correct form for the application.
For all research in the Education Faculty, apply through the Education Faculty’s REC and form on ERAS.
For research involving humans but NOT in the Education Faculty, apply through the Human Ethics REC and form on ERAS.
For queries and support NOT involving the Education Faculty you may contact the following:
Human Ethics REC:
Prof. Arthur Webb
Deputy Chairperson –
Dr Janet Hayward
Ethics Coordinator –
Mr Siyanda Manqele
046 603 7727
For all research registered in or associated with the Education Faculty, apply through the Education Faculty’s REC.
In Education, researchers gain approval through two Faculty committees: The Education Faculty Higher Degrees Committee reviews the proposal and the REC reviews the ethics application. Approval for both takes place via ERAS.
For technical information on how to apply:
ERAS Education Faculty Applicant Manual
For technical information on how to resubmit a revised application:
ERAS Education Faculty Manual for Modifications
For technical information on how to do an online review:
ERAS Education Faculty Reviewer Manual
For guidelines on how to approach research ethics:
Ethics Procedures and Practices: an Orientation
For a PDF document of the ERAS application form:
ERAS application form
If you are conducting research in the Eastern Cape Department of Education, you will need to fill out and submit the following form:
Application form to conduct Research in the ECDoE