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Research Governance

Information for those wishing to conduct research with Council service users, staff or data.

Wolverhampton City Council is committed to supporting and promoting research within the Council. Any researcher, student or member of staff from within Wolverhampton City Council or any external organisation wishing to conduct research with Council service users, staff or data, must first gain research governance approval to do so.

What is research governance?

The research governance process/procedure seeks to protect the rights and safety of services users, their carers' and the staff working with them; with the aim of minimising risks and harms, and protecting service users who are involved in research. It also assures the quality and standards of research undertaken.

Research governance encompasses a review across five domains outlined in the "Research Governance Framework for Health and Social Care", 2nd Edition Department of Health, 2005  science (methods), ethics, information governance, health and safety, and finance & intellectual property.

The application and approval process

A comprehensive proposal, including service information sheets and consent forms, covering all relevant elements, such as contact details, methods, timetable,  consideration of data protection, gaining consent and research ethics should be sufficient to make a judgement as to whether the research can be approved or not.

Research governance applications are considered by the Health Improvement Principal and the Advanced Health Improvement Specialist: Research and Development, Public Health Department, Wolverhampton City Council. These staff will also consult with Council information governance and other staff as appropriate/required, and will also confirm that the research service area is happy to allow access to service users and/or staff.

A diagram of the research governance application and approval process can be viewed via this link: pdf icon Research governance application and approval process [193kb].

How to apply for research governance approval

Researchers/investigators are requested to email copies of their:

  • Research proposal (including service user information sheets and consent forms)
  • Research ethics approval letter
  • Confirmation of insurance indemnity

Please send to
and also copy to and

If you have any initial queries or would like some further information please contact