Rhodes University Human Ethics Committee reviews Rhodes University student research projects and Rhodes University staff research projects. We do not review research undertaken by staff and students from other institutions. If you are a student or a member of staff at another university, then please obtain ethics clearance from that university. If you are a member of staff at Rhodes University but are doing research for a degree for which you have registered at another university then you will have to obtain ethics clearance from that university. The committee is registered with the National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC) for 5 years, 2019-2023.


Meeting Dates:  

Chairperson - Human Ethics Committee: Prof. Arthur Webb (
Deputy Chairperson - Human Ethics Committee: Dr. Janet Hayward (

  • 26 March 2020
  • 24 April 2020
  • 29 May 2020
  • 26 June 2020
  • 31 July 2020
  • 28 August 2020
  • 30 September 2020
  • 30 October 2020
  • 27 November 2020
  • 9 December 2020

Apply for research ethics review

Ethical Review Application System (ERAS)

This online system ONYLY uses Rhodes University email addresses of registered students and staff members. Please note that post-doctoral fellows fall under Rhodes staff members. 

Kindly note that the Ethical Review Application System (ERAS) can be accessed HERE

Please contact Mr Siyanda Manqele, (e): or call (t) 046 603 7727 for queries.

For easy reference in accessing the system, please download the manual or watch the videos below:

ERAS videos : 

- Accessing ERAS Page and Login

- Creating a project in ERAS.mp4 Creating a project in ERAS

Addressing comments in ERAS

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Consent Forms

Please download the relevant Consent Form, and update it according to your Research. The completed form must be uploaded to your application on the ERAS under consent ( system.

Permission to conduct research at RU

RUESC is responsible for reviewing ethical standards protocols. RUESC does not issue permission to conduct research at Rhodes University. After the applicant(s) has/have been granted conditional ethical approval for their study by RUESC/RUEAREC, the Ethics Coordinator will communicate the result to the applicant(s) via an official letter. If the potential sample populations are affiliated with Rhodes University, then the onus is then on the applicant to contact the Rhodes University gatekeeper(s) to obtain gatekeeper permission. These gatekeepers are referred to as internal gatekeepers in further text of this SOP and they are as follows:



Rhodes University Animal Research Ethics Committee is registered with the National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC) and for your research to be reviewed it must involve animal participants (animal is defined as: live, sentient non-human vertebrate, including eggs, foetuses and embryos, that is; fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, and encompassing domestic animals, purpose-bred animals, farm animals, wildlife (see 3.28) and higher invertebrates such as the advanced members from the Cephalopoda and Decapoda; SANS 10386: 2008. p6). An application is also required if your study involves invertebrate subjects. Ethics approval is still required if carcasses are used. 

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Chairperson - Animal Ethics Committee: Dr Shelley Edwards (

Deputy Chairperson - Animal Ethics Committee: Prof Roman Tandlich (

  • 06 February 2020
  • 05 March 2020
  • 07 April 2020
  • 07 May 2020
  • 04 June 2020
  • 02 July 2020
  • 06 August 2020
  • 03 September 2020
  • 08 October 2020
  • 05 November 2020
  • 03 December 2020

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Research Ethics Trainings and Workshops



1. Ethics and research 

16 APRIL 2020 - 16H00 to 18H00 

Barrat Lecturer theatre: 2 


2. Ethical Clearance: How to apply?

23 APRIL 2020 - 16H00 to 18H00

Computer Lab: TBC