Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

Research Ethics

All Faculty research meets Tri-Council Research Ethics requirements.

Faculty of Education ethics submissions go through the Education Research Ethics Board (EREB) and the General Research Ethics Board (GREB).


In 1998, the 3 major research funding councils to universities (SSHRC, NSERC, MRC/CIHR) introduced the Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS) on research with human subjects. The Tri-Council went on to state that universities were required to comply with the TCPS if they wished to continue receiving research funds from them. The ultimate purpose of research ethics procedures is to protect all participants in the research, including the researcher. In addition to ethics review, the TCPS also requires that all research studies must be subjected to a scholarly review.

In the fall of 1999, the Queen's University response was to put its new ethics review process in place, through the creation of a university-wide General Research Ethics Board (GREB), and a series of unit Research Ethics Boards (unit REBs). The Education Research Ethics Board (EREB) is the unit REB for the Faculty of Education. Through the GREB and EREB, Faculty of Education ethics submissions go through an ethics review process.

EREB is a service committee within the Faculty of Education that assists faculty and students (both undergraduate and graduate) in preparing ethics submissions for GREB review. EREB plays an enabling role by facilitating the pursuit of our research work in an ethical and timely manner. Submissions are reviewed in light of the TCPS2 "guiding ethical principles" which are:

  • respect for human dignity,
  • respect for free and informed consent,
  • respect for vulnerable persons,
  • respect for privacy and confidentiality,
  • respect for justice and inclusiveness, and
  • balancing harms and benefits.

The role of EREB is not to question research traditions but rather to ensure that the research is able to meet its intended outcome in a manner that reduces and minimizes the risk to both the researcher(s) and the participants.

In order to comply with the TCPS2 (article 1.5) and GREB policies, EREB conducts the scholarly review at the same time as it conducts the ethical review. For studies that have been reviewed and approved by other external agencies, for example SSHRC, the scholarly review completed by that agency fulfils this requirement. In addition to reviewing submissions, EREB answers questions about research ethics, suggests changes to a study in order to address ethics issues, and makes presentations to B.Ed. and graduate students about research ethics.

Although every effort has been made to ensure accurate information on this website, please keep in mind that ethics policies are constantly being revised by GREB and at the national level.

EREB Committee Members

The Education Research Ethics Board (EREB) committee for 2017/2018 is as follows:

Required for all Submissions

The following documents must be uploaded to ROMEO/TRAQ under the attachments section in order to complete your application:

  • Email or letter from supervisor indicating application is ready for review by EREB/GREB (for student applications only)
  • LOI/Consent Form
  • Supporting Materials (Recruitment scripts, surveys, interviews, protocols, etc.)
  • CORE Certificate (for student applications only)

Sample LOI's and consent forms are also on the GREB website.

EREB and GREB Submission Dates

EREB Submission Date

EREB Meeting Date

GREB Submission Date

GREB Meeting Date

November 28, 2018 December 10, 2018 December 17, 2018 January 9, 2019  
December 19, 2018 January 7, 2019 January 28, 2019 February 6, 2019  
January 23, 2019 February 4, 2019 February 25, 2019 March 6, 2019  
February 20, 2019 March 4, 2019 March 25, 2019 April 3, 2019  
March 20, 2019 April 1, 2019 April 22, 2019 May 1, 2019  
April 24, 2019 May 6, 2019 May 27, 2019 June 5, 2019  
May 22, 2019 June 3, 2019 June 24, 2019 July 3, 2019  
June 26, 2019 July 8, 2019 July 29, 2019 August 7, 2019  
July 31, 2019 August 12, 2019 August 26, 2019 September 4, 2019  
August 28, 2019 September 9, 2019 September 23, 2019 October 2, 2019  
September 25, 2019 October 8, 2019 October 28, 2019 November 6, 2019  
October 23, 2019 November 4, 2019 November 25, 2019 December 4, 2019  
November 20, 2019 December 2, 2019 TBA TBA  

If you are a student seeking EREB review, please pay attention to the EREB submission date.

If you are a faculty member submitting directly to GREB, you may submit your application anytime.  EREB and GREB submission/meeting dates are for reference only.

Instructor Course-Based Research

Further to the Bi-Annual Ethics Update from the General Research Ethics Board circulated December 17, 2015, the new GREB - Instructor Course-Based Research Assignment Application form has been turned on as active in ROMEO/TRAQ.

This form is to be used only by Instructors who wish to oversee the conduct of course-based student research assignments, in accordance with the Students Course-Based Research Assignment Guidelines (available on the GREB website, under "Course-Based Research".

Please note that applications by instructors for course-based research assignments that have already been submitted and approved using the General Research Ethics Board Application Form for Ethics Clearance will be grandfathered into the system, and those instructors will not be required to re-apply using the new form.  However, all new applications for course-based research assignments must be submitted on the new application form. 

Instructors can access the new form following the same steps as the standard form, i.e. Log-in to Research Portal, click on "APPLY NEW", "New Application Forms" and use the form "GREB - Instructor Course-Based Research Assignment Application".


Strong student research is a priority and is supported by competitve funding for graduate students. The Graduate Studies and Research Office managages graduate student funding and awards. Learn more at Finance Your Studies

Current graduate students are eligible to apply for the Elliott/Uptis/Bamji/Hajee Travel Fellowship for study outside Canada and in the Aboriginal Teacher Education Practicum Award. Information is available about all student awards at Queen's Student Awards