Human Research Ethics for Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences (ALPSS)

Information about ALPSS process for Ethical Approval including deadline dates, access to templates and guidelines.

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

Deadline dates

  • Friday 1 December 2023
  • Wednesday 7 February 2024
  • Wednesday 6 March 2024
  • Wednesday 3 April 2024
  • Wednesday 1 May 2024
  • Wednesday 5 June 2024
  • Wednesday 3 July 2024
  • Wednesday 7 August 2024
  • Wednesday 4 September 2024
  • Wednesday 2 October 2024
  • Wednesday 6 November 2024
  • Monday 2 December 2024

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).  Please only submit application to one Committee at a time (ALPSS Ethics Committee or UoW HREC)

  1. Step 1

  2. Step 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. Step 3

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

  4. Step 4

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

  5. Step 5

    Submit your application as one document via email to

Your application will be considered at the next ALPSS Human Research Ethics Committee meeting.  7 to 10 working days after the application deadline a ALPSS HREC Committee meeting will be held.  You can expect to receive a letter from the Committee Chair regarding your application within 3-5 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)

Important things to remember for your application

  • You signed application form is to be submitted via email to
  • Supervisors:  If you have any questions about an ethical issue raised by your student's research please contact Oleg Medvedev prior to the deadline. This can help reduce delays through the approval process.

Committee Convenor

Dr Oleg Medvedev


Eileen Fenner
ext. 4949