Human ethics

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:

Deadline Meeting
Monday 30 AprilMonday 14 May 
Tuesday 29 MayTuesday 12 June 
Tuesday 3 JulyTuesday 17 July
Tuesday 31 JulyTuesday 14 August 
Tuesday 28 AugustTuesday 11 September 
Tuesday 2 OctoberTuesday 16 October
Tuesday 30 OctoberTuesday 13 November
Late November TBCEarly December TBC

Pipitea Subcommittee

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 pipitea-hec@vuw.ac.nz.

The 2018 deadline dates are:

Deadline Meeting
Tuesday 1 MayMay
Friday 1 JuneJune
Monday 2 JulyJuly
Wednesday 1 AugustAugust
Monday 3 SeptemberSeptember
Monday 1 OctoberOctober
Thursday 1 NovemberNovember
Monday 3 DecemberDecember

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.