HREAP and HREC Membership Expressions of Interest

Human Research Ethics Committee

Research Members: The University of New South Wales (UNSW) seeks individuals from the following faculties, schools or affiliated research institutes to serve as Human Research Ethics Committees (HREC).

  • The School of Psychology
  • School of Population Health
  • School of Public Health and Community Medicine
  • Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture
  • Blackdog Institute
  • Kirby Institute

Indigenous Members: Each HREC seeks Indigenous representitatives to guide and advise on the ethical review of research relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

Medical Professional, Nurse, Clinicians or Allied Health Care Members: Each HREC seeks additional members with knowledge of, and current experience in, the professional care, counselling or treatment of people.

UNSW has two committees that meet monthly at the Kensington campus. HREC A meets on the first Tuesday of the month, and HREC B meets on the third Tuesday of the month. The responsibilities of the HREC members can be accessed on the Human Research Website.

  • Meetings start at 1 pm and generally continue until 5 pm. The number of applications to be reviewed varies between 15 and 25 submissions per committee per month.
  • Members assigned as lead or second reviewer for 2-3 human research submissions per month.
  • Meeting papers are delivered electronically and, meetings are currently conducted using Microsoft Teams Meetings.
  • Members are expected to complete all pre-reading before the meeting. Preparations for the meeting usually takes between 5 and 10 hours a month. Members are appointed for a term of 3 years.

Submissions of Expressions of Interests:

The following documentation is to be provided by email to humanethics@unsw.edu.au

  • Prospective members are asked to provide
  • Cover letter expressing an interest in becoming a member of the HREC.
  • A curriculum vitae,
  • Letter of support from the Head of School or Institute

Membership Appointment Process

The DVCR appoints all HREC members following a recommendation for appointment from the Presiding Member for Human Research Ethics and the Director of RECS. Members are appointed for a term of three years, with the possibility to renew membership for a maximum of one more term as decided by the DVCR.

For further information about the role, please email the Human Research Manager humanethics@unsw.edu.au. Expressions of interest will remain open until all available positions have been filled.

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Human Research Advisory Panel

Submissions of Expressions of Interests:

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) seeks individuals from the following faculties, schools or affiliated research institutes to serve as Human Research Advisory Panels:

  • Faculty of Medicine and Health to join HREAP D 
  • Faculty of Engineering to join HREAP H
  • Faculty of Science to joint HREAP H

An expression of interest (EOI) must be submitted to the Human Research Manager by email to humanresearch@unsw.edu.au. The EOI must include a cover letter indicating the attributes you could bring to the panel, a short resume and an endorsement from your Head of School or Department.

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HREC Membership Expression of Interest Guidelines

All submissions for expressions of interests must be emailed to humanethics@unsw.edu.au and must in the following documentation:

Cover letter

  • A supporting statement of up to two pages addressing following points;
  • Specify the membership category that you are expressing an interest in and outline the reason you are interested in becoming a member.
  • Outline how your current role, research interests and/or your personal, professional or academic experience will assist you in carrying out your role as a member of the human research ethics committee or the human research advisory panel.
  • Confirm that your current workload can accommodate the additional time commitment as a volunteer member of the committee and specify which panel or committee you are expressing an interest in joining.
  • Indicate whether you would be interested in a leadership role on the HREC or HREAP.

Curriculum Vitae

  • A copy of your CV, including email, preferred telephone contact number, and names of two referees.

Head of School Letter of Support (UNSW Staff or Students only)

  • The letter must confirm the head of school’s support of your expression of interest and confirm that your current workload can accommodate the additional time commitment required as a volunteer member of the committee.

For further information please contact the Human Ethics Office.

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