The University has a Human Ethics Committee (HEC) whose chief function is to review, approve and monitor any research proposal involving human participants.
The HEC administers the Victoria University of Wellington Human Ethics Policy, which sets out the procedures that must be followed by staff and students when conducting human research. This policy should be read in conjunction with the Victoria University of Wellington Human Ethics Guidelines.
The HEC is the University’s main ethics committee. It is convened by Dr Judith Loveridge. Some faculties and schools in the University have Human Ethics subcommittees with approval powers delegated from the Human Ethics Committee.
Human Ethics Committee application process
Find out what you'll need to do to apply for human ethics approval on the staff intranet.
Does your research need ethics approval?
If your research involves human participants, data or tissue, it is classified as human research and it is subject to the Human Ethics Policy and Guidelines. Some teaching activities also require human ethics approval, as does all research involving highly sensitive information.
If there is any doubt about the need for HEC approval, you should seek advice from the Research Office ethics team or the Convener of the HEC.
Deadlines for 2018
Human Ethics Committee
The HEC meets monthly throughout the year from February to December. Applications for consideration are due two weeks before the meeting. These meetings are open to applicants and their supervisors by prior arrangement. Please contact the Research Office ethics team.
The 2018 meeting dates are:
|Monday 30 April||Monday 14 May|
|Tuesday 29 May||Tuesday 12 June|
|Tuesday 3 July||Tuesday 17 July|
|Tuesday 31 July||Tuesday 14 August|
|Tuesday 28 August||Tuesday 11 September|
|Tuesday 2 October||Tuesday 16 October|
|Tuesday 30 October||Tuesday 13 November|
|Late November TBC||Early December TBC|
The Pipitea subcommittee meets monthly throughout the year from February to December. The deadline for applications to be submitted to the Pipitea subcommittee is the first working day of each month. Committee feedback on applications is generally available to researchers around the 20th of each month. These meetings are open to applicants and their supervisors by prior arrangement. For any queries please contact email@example.com.
The 2018 deadline dates are:
|Tuesday 1 May||May|
|Friday 1 June||June|
|Monday 2 July||July|
|Wednesday 1 August||August|
|Monday 3 September||September|
|Monday 1 October||October|
|Thursday 1 November||November|
|Monday 3 December||December|
School of Psychology Subcommittee
The School of Psychology Human Ethics subcommittee meets fortnightly throughout the year on Thursday mornings from February to December. Applications for consideration at meetings are due two weeks before the meeting.
School of Information Management Subcommittee
The School of Information Management subcommittee will begin holding meetings in 2018. Please check back for updates on the meeting schedule.