Policy contributions

The Human Ethics Committee team is refreshing its policy, guidelines, and the ethics application form, and we want to hear from the research community.

Human research is always evolving, and we want to make sure our policies and guidelines are up to date and reflect the ethical issues that researchers are encountering as they go about their work.

We know that the application form also needs to be revised so that researchers can efficiently and effectively communicate with the committee as they are going through the process of ethics review. Some emerging areas of research are not well captured by the questions on the current form.

We’ve identified some major topic areas that we know affect sections of the research community, and we’re seeking your input and experience with research in these areas. We will use the feedback to help us revise the Human Ethics Policy and Guidelines and the ethics application form.

We are hosting a series of lunchtime workshops and encourage you to come along and share your views. If you would like to contribute but can’t make it to a workshop, please contact us to schedule a time to meet directly, or provide feedback by email.

Upcoming workshop

Research with Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Wednesday 4 November, 12–1 pm

This workshop is about generating ideas to ensure our human ethics policy and guidelines give constructive guidance around doing research with or involving Māori. It will also consider what questions the human ethics application form can ask that enable researchers to fully and adequately represent their research in this regard.

In particular, we would like to hear from researchers about what should be included to ensure that the entire research process, from initial relationship building through to feeding back to Māori participants and communities, is addressed.

As with our other sessions, this will be run in a collaborative workshop style—it's a chance for you to share your views.

Join us in Rankine Brown 903, on Wednesday 4 November, noon–1 pm. You can also join us by Zoom.

Future workshops

Topic DateLocation
Research with Māori and Te Tiriti o WaitangiWednesday 4 November, 12–1 pmRankine Brown 903 or Zoom
Children and young people in researchWednesday 11 November, 12–1 pmRankine Brown 903 or Zoom
Conflicts of interest in researchWednesday 18 November, 12–1 pmRankine Brown 903 or Zoom
Research across culturesWednesday 25 November, 12–1 pmRankine Brown 903 or Zoom

Contact us

To talk to someone about your contribution, contact:

Associate Professor
School of Education

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Dr Thushini Jayawardena-Willis

Dr Thushini Jayawardena-Willis

Research Ethics Advisor
Research Office · Research Office

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Isobel Cairns

Isobel Cairns

Human Ethics and Integrity Adviser
Research Office