Education Research Human Ethics Committee

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Apply to the Educational Research Human Ethics Committee (ERHEC) if your research is conducted as part of pre-service and in-service teacher education and professional development or tertiary level professional practice.

Examples of research applications that would be considered by ERHEC include:

  • Investigating teaching and learning in curriculum areas in primary and secondary settings
  • Describing how early childhood educators use assessment to inform their practices
  • How schools communicate assessment information to students and their families and whanau

How to apply to the ERHEC

The Educational Research Human Ethics Committee of the University of Canterbury (ERHEC), only accepts project applications for review from:

  • Academic staff of the University of Canterbury
  • Visiting academic staff
  • Research Associates of the University of Canterbury, as endorsed by an academic staff member
  • Students who are enrolled in a course of study at the University of Canterbury and who will carry out research under the supervision of, or in collaboration with, an academic staff member of the university

All applications to the Upper South Health and Disability Ethics Committee also require a separate application to the appropriate University of Canterbury Human Ethics Committee.

Ethical Research Involving Children: A product of the ERIC (Ethical Research Involving Children) to help researchers consider the ethical complexities of research involving children. ERIC is a joint project between UNICEF’s Office of Research, Innocenti, the Childwatch International Research Network, the Centre for Children and Young People at Southern Cross University, Australia, and the Children’s Issues Centre at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

The above documents outline the processes for ethical approvals of educational research projects in the School of Teacher Education. Associate Professor Brigid McNeill is the member of the College of Education, Health and Human Development’s Research Committee who signs off Low-Risk applications in the School of Teacher Education before they are submitted to the ERHEC.

The general procedure for applications to the ERHEC is:

  • The Principles and Guidelines and the application forms are downloaded and filled in by the applicant.
  • The completed application form and relevant supporting documents are sent electronically to the secretary one week prior to the ERHEC monthly meetings (see dates below).
  • One signed original is provided in hard copy to the secretary one week prior to the ERHEC monthly meeting.
  • Applications are circulated via email to ERHEC members.
  • The committee review applications received at their monthly meetings (see dates below).
  • The chair and secretary meet one week following the meeting to summarise the concerns and a response is sent to the applicant by email advising of any suggestions or required additions or amendments.
  • Responses to the secretary’s email are discussed with chair and approval provided. Occasionally an application is required to be resubmitted for full review by the ERHEC.
  • Final approval is by hard copy letter and by email from the secretary.

Applications: submit one electronic copy and one hard copy

Electronic copy
Send to human-ethics@canterbury.ac.nz

Hard copy (send by internal mail or take to Level 5 South, Matariki)
The secretary
Ethics  
Level 5 South
Matariki

Application forms for ERHEC

  • Ethical Approval of Research Projects and Applicant Checklist (Word 113 KB)
    This form is to be used by all staff and students undertaking educational research (unless the research meets the criteria for low-risk - see Principles and Guidelines pp4-6 for an explanation of low-risk).
  • ERHEC Low Risk Application Form (Word 149 KB)
    This form is to be used by staff and students undertaking low-risk educational research (see Principles and Guidelines pp4-6 for an explanation of low-risk).
  • ERHEC Blanket Application Form (Word 131 KB)
    This form is to be used by staff for undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate courses where students are required to undertake research that poses no threat to the well-being of the participants, and where the methodology and ethical considerations are very similar for all the projects (see Principles and Guidelines p6 for full details).

Templates for information sheets and consent forms

Examples to help you with your application, letters and consent form(s)

 

Any research or teaching activity in which persons are subjected to experimental procedures or observation or questioning or otherwise used as a source of information or data unless excluded by the scope and exemptions in the Educational Research Human Ethics Committee Principles and Guidelines.

Apply to the Educational Research Human Ethics Committee (ERHEC) if your research is conducted as part of pre-service and in-service teacher education and professional development or tertiary level professional practice, or if you research will take place in a School with school-aged children.

ERHEC Committee monthly meeting dates

ERHEC meeting dates, with the exception of December, are on the fourth Wednesday of the month and commence at 3pm.

If you have any questions, please email human-ethics@canterbury.ac.nz.

Nominated byCurrent member
Two academic staff from each school of the College of Education nominated by the heads of schools School of Educational Studies and Leadership
Trish McMenamin (College of Education website)
School of Teacher Education
Amanda Denston
Patrick Shepherd (College of Education website) (Chair)
School of Health Sciences
Anne van Bysterveldt (College of Education website)
Chris North (College of Education website)
One member nominated by the Kaiarahi Maori Position vacant
One member nominated by the Dean of Law Dr Debra Wilson (School of Law)
One member representing another college of the University of Canterbury Position vacant
Other College of Education, Health and Human Development staff as required Kathryn Andrews (Education Library)
Llyween Couper (School of Health Sciences)
One College of Education, Health and Human Develpostgraduateraduate student nominated by the committee

Vikram Lakshminarayanan

Two laypeople representing the wider educational community appointed by the committee Neil Fleming

 

 

 

 

 

The chair is appointed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and the committee has the power to co-opt.

  • Public Records Act 2005
  • Care of Children Act 2004.
  • Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation Act 2001
  • Health and Disability Commissioner Act 1994
  • Health Research Council Act 1990
  • Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992
  • New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990
  • Official Information Act 1982
  • Privacy Act 1993
  • Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988
  • Human Rights Act 1993
  • Archives Act 1957

For details of each Act see New Zealand Legislation.

 

Enquiries

For all enquiries concerning:

  • Principles and guidelines
  • Scope of ERHEC process
  • Exemption from application
  • Filling out application forms (including low risk and full applications)
  • HEC training programme
  • Complaints
  • Presentations to students and/or staff regarding the ethical process

Contact the chair, Patrick Shepherd, +64 3 369 3807 ext: 93807

For all enquiries concerning:

  • General enquiries
  • Circulation of applications
  • Progress of applications
  • Letters of approval

Contact the secretary, Rebecca Robinson, +64 3 369 4588 ext: 94588. Hours: Monday 2.30pm-5pm, Tuesday 8.30am-11am, Wednesday 8.30am-5pm, Thursday 2.30pm-5pm, Friday 8.30am-5pm.