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Methods Café & Ethics Tutorials

Updated: 4 May 2017

Methods Café and Research Ethics Application Review Information

Methods Café

Methods Café provides a drop-in methods advising and assistance session for students and faculty. Methods Café is an open and casual space that demystifies research methods and ethics, and fosters collegial interaction between staff and students focused on methods problems.

Ideas don’t have to be polished or perfect to come to Methods Café. We offer coffee, muffins, and a chance to talk through ideas with Centre staff who love methods.

Methods café was very illuminating! It answered some niggling questions I had about data saturation, sample size, and snowballing. I definitely recommend it! 

~Anthony, Methods Café visitor 2016

Methods Café for 2017 will be held on the following dates in the CLS Loft Space (Room 7.03):

Monday 22 May 2017

Wednesday 14 June 2017

Wednesday 16 August 2017

Monday 18 September 2017

Monday 16 October 2017

Monday 20 November 2017


If you want to book a timeslot, please contact Lamize Viljoen or just drop in on the day.


Methods Café Lunchtime Seminars

Each Methods Café hosts a lunchtime seminar during which a student or faculty member will discuss a tricky methods/ethics problem. CLS sends out invitations advertising the methods seminar topic for the month. If you would like to be on our mailing list, or would like to present your own tricky methods question, please email Vitima Jere (


Ethics Application Tutorials

Each month, CLS hosts a tutorial called Tips for a Good Ethics Application. This tutorial provides some helpful information for students and faculty members who are completing their ethics applications through the application portal. This tutorial is not aimed at individualised feedback on ethics applications but gives information about common mistakes and issues with applications like the informed consent process and confidentiality and anonymity.

Tutorials for 2017 will be held from 13h00 – 14h00 on the following dates in the CLS Loft Space (Room 7.03):

Thursday 1 June 2017

Tuesday 1 August 2017

Friday 1 September 2017

Monday 2 October 2017

Wednesday 1 November 2017


To book a slot, please contact Lamize Viljoen


The Process for Ethics Application Review

For the remainder of 2017 the Law Faculty Research Ethics Committee (REC) will review applications during the months of June, August, September, October and November.

Students intending to submit an ethics application to the REC must first submit their draft applications for review and feedback via Submittable by the 10th of the month. Deadlines for 2017 are as follows:

Saturday 10 June 2017

Thursday 10 August 2017

Sunday 10 September 2017

Tuesday 10 October 2017

Friday 10 November 2017


Within 3-5 days (depending on the volume of applications) applicants will receive feedback as follows:

  • The application is ready to be submitted to the REC; or
  • The application requires minor revisions before submission; or
  • The application requires substantive revision and the applicant is encouraged to attend a Methods Café session before revising and resubmitting during the next review cycle.

Following this initial review process, applicants are then required to submit their final updated/revised applications online, via Submittable, by no later than the 20th of the month.

** Please note that applicants will receive feedback on their draft applications with sufficient time to make minor revisions before the re-submission deadline (20th) for review by the REC.

For more information on the aforementioned process, please contact Lamize Viljoen