LEON - Loughborough University Ethics ONline

COVID-19 Update

Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQs for the latest guidance on conducting studies involving human participants.

The online ethics system, LEON, is now available for ethics submissions to the Ethics Review Sub-Committee. The system covers investigations involving human participants and also integrates the ethical processes relating to research involving animals and security sensitive research.

PLEASE REVIEW THE DEMONSTRATION VIDEO AND GUIDANCE NOTES BELOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR ETHICS SUBMISSION.

LEON - Quick Start Guide (further guidance available below)

Further details are available in the FAQ section within LEON (located under the Help tab at the top of the LEON Homepage).

Templates for supporting documents, e.g. Information Sheet, Informed Consent Form, Assent Form etc., are available through LEON.  They are located in the Templates section under the Help tab at the top of the LEON Homepage.

The LEON system can be accessed at:

LEON Guidance notes

‌(The system may not operate correctly in old versions of Internet Explorer or Edge.)

Further Guidance Notes on ethical issues are available on the page Guidance for Investigators.

The system retains the current three-tier approach to ethical review of studies involving human participants: 

  • Low ethical risk studies, raising no issues in Section A or B, are reviewed by Schools.  
  • Medium risk studies (yes to Section B questions) will require submission of additional information and will be reviewed initially by the Sub-Committee Secretary.
  • High ethical risk studies (yes to Section A questions) will be considered by the Sub-Committee at the monthly meetings.  Submission deadlines are available on the Sub-Committee website.

Other submission types will be reviewed by the Sub-Committee Secretary initially to determine the appropriate level of review.

Further details are available in the FAQ section within LEON (located under the Help tab at the top of the LEON Homepage).

Templates for supporting documents, e.g. Information Sheet, Informed Consent Form, Assent Form etc., are available through LEON.  They are located in the Templates section under the Help tab at the top of the LEON Homepage.

Key features

  • Replaces the existing paper-based form whilst retaining the existing checklist approach for low risk studies
  • Includes integrated help buttons and frequently asked questions section
  • Projects can be shared between researchers
  • Includes online signatures
  • Allows upload of supporting documents
  • Interactive Form which varies depending on the responses tailoring the form to your study
  • Enables online review to expedite the approval process 

Standard Operating Procedures

 The following Standard Operating Procedures give details of the ethics review processes: