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COMMITTEE CHAIR
Dr Nathan Cooper
ADMINISTRATOR
Eileen Fenner
alpss-ethics
ext. 4949

Human Research Ethics

Any staff and students from the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences who are planning to conduct a research project that involves human participants will need approval from the newly established ALPSS Human Research Ethics Committee  (this Committee replaces the former Faculty Committees of Law, ALPSS & the School of Psychology, which are devolved committees of the University's Human Research Ethics Committee).

This site contains information about the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences (ALPSS) process for Ethical Approval.

Application Process

Ethical Approval must be gained prior to the commencement of the research. Applicants (and supervisors) are encouraged to begin the process in order to submit at least one month before beginning their research (e.g. to begin research in June, an application would need to be submitted in time for the May deadline).

  1. Download the:
    Ethics Application Form - Sample
    (please note hard copy applications are no longer required - please complete the online process) 

  2. Download the:
    Ethics Consent Form - Template
    - customise as appropriate for your research
    The list of 'Participants' Rights' included in the Guidelines is particularly helpful when writing your
    application.

  3. Download the:
    Ethics Information Sheet - Guidelines
    - create your 'Ethics Information Sheet' as appropriate for your research

  4. Download the:
    Ethics Checklist
    - include at the end of your application

  5. Submit Application

Your application will be considered at the next ALPSS Human Research Ethics Committee meeting, 7 to 10 working days after the application deadline. You can expect to receive a letter from the Committee Chair regarding your application, 7 to 10 working days after the Committee meeting. Applications may be:

  • Approved (with or without comments). 
    A copy of your approved application will be held on file by the Committee Administrator
  • Approved subject to minor or major amendments
  • Approved with conditions
  • Declined, with comments indicating the course of action for the applicant 
    (generally this will involve resubmission of the application)

Deadline Dates

February deadline is Wednesday 5 February

March deadline is Wednesday 4 March

April deadline is Wednesday 1 April

May deadline is Wednesday 6 May

June deadline is Wednesday 3 June

July deadline is Wednesday 1 July

August deadline is Wednesday 5 August

September deadline is Wednesday 2 September

October deadline is Wednesday 7 October

November deadline is Wednesday 4 November

December deadline is Wednesday 2 December