Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne University of Technology - Human Research Ethics Committee


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  • Volunteer position
  • Hawthorn location (meetings held via Teams)
  • Expressions of interest are sought from members of the community who perform a pastoral care role for membership of the Swinburne University Human Research Ethics Committee.

    Swinburne is a global university of technology and design, focused on creating solutions that transform the future for the benefit of people and their environments.

    The Swinburne University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) is responsible for the ethical review and approval of Swinburne staff and student research involving human participants. The committee reviews a wide range of research projects to ensure that they are conducted in accordance with the highest ethical standards. The HREC is required to maintain a mixture of members with a variety of expertise and knowledge and is currently seeking expressions of interest from people interested in joining the committee in the capacity of a pastoral care role.

    A pastoral care member is a person who performs a pastoral care role in a community including, but not limited to an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander elder or community leader, a chaplain or a minister of religion or other religious leader; (National statement on ethical conduct in human research, 2023, section 5.1.30d).

    Pastoral care members provide a valuable perspective on applications being considered by the committee. Membership involves reading and assessing applications, making recommendations regarding approval, attending meetings and participating in discussions. Members of this committee make a significant contribution to the research life of the university.

    SUHREC– General Duties of Membership

    Each member of an ethical review body is responsible for deciding whether, in his or her own judgement, a proposal submitted …meets the requirements of (the) National Statement and is ethically acceptable. (5.2.21 of National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2023))

    To maintain familiarity with and/or seek advice as to:

  • Committee Terms of Reference
  • Relevant Swinburne policies and procedures
  • National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2023)
  • Regulations or guidelines issued under various legislation
  • To participate in the deliberation of SUHREC and its subcommittees (SHESCs). In this regard (and based on standards previously set for Swinburne Council members), members are expected to:

  • act honestly in good faith and with integrity
  • exercise due care, skill and diligence in undertaking their duties
  • not misuse the position or information provided and act at all times in the interests of the University as a whole and SUHREC and its subcommittees
  • attend meetings on a regular basis (or as appropriate in special cases)
  • seek information and understanding about the role and function of SUHREC and its subcommittees
  • make an informed assessment of proposals submitted to SUHREC or SHESC as part of due deliberation
  • contribute to the advancement of ethically sound research proceeding under Swinburne auspices
  • disclose, in accordance with Swinburne procedure, related interests where those interests could potentially lead to a conflict of interest and, where a potential conflict may arise, abstain from deliberation on the matter concerned
  • maintain confidentiality
  • SUHREC – Specific Duties of Membership

    1. To maintain familiarity with and/or seek advice as to:

  • SUHREC Terms of Reference, Composition & Terms of Reference
  • National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2023)
  • 2. To attend to SUHREC business, including regular attendance and participation at meetings and other activities (e.g out of session reviews).

    3. To give proper attention to issues of confidentiality, conflict of interest and facilitation of ethically sound human research activity.

    4. To undertake an informed review of allocated proposals submitted to SUHREC as part of due deliberation, including reference/s to relevant sections of the National Statement

    5. To review ‘back to delegate' revisions or resubmissions as agreed during SUHREC meetings; and modification requests for allocated applications as required by the Ethics Office

    6. To develop knowledge and experience with respect to academic research and the ethics of human research activity to a level commensurate with that expected of ‘researcher members' of SUHREC.

    7. To participate in ongoing continuing education for ethics committee members as required by the National Statement.

    The Swinburne HREC meets approximately every 4 weeks via MS Teams on Friday mornings. There may also be opportunity to attend in-person training sessions on occasion.

    To submit an expression of interest please forward a brief resume and cover letter outlining your interest in the role and any relevant skills or attributes to [email protected]

    Expressions of interest close: Monday 3rd June 2024, at 11pm.

    If you have any queries about the position or would like further information please contact Dr Astrid Nordmann, Senior Research Ethics Co-ordinator, Ph: (03) 9214 3845 or Email: [email protected].

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    Swinburne University of Technology - Human Research Ethics Committee


    Swinburne University of Technology




    May 06, 2024

    Application deadline

    June 05, 2024

    Job type



    Social Science

    About the employer

    Swinburne University of Technology (often simply called Swinburne) is a public research university based in Melbourne, Australia. It was founded in 1908 as the Eastern Suburbs Technical College by George Swinburne in order to serve those without access to further education in Melbourne's eastern suburbs. Its main campus is located in Hawthorn, a suburb of Melbourne which is located 7.5 km from the Melbourne central business district.

    In addition to its main Hawthorn campus, Swinburne has campuses in the Melbourne metropolitan area at Wantirna and Croydon as well as campuses in Sarawak, Malaysia and Sydney.

    In the 2022 QS World University Rankings, Swinburne placed 19th in Australia and moved up 50 places to 321st globally. In the 2020 Student Experience Survey, Swinburne was ranked equal 1st place in Victoria for the ’entire education experience’ for undergraduate students, with an overall satisfaction rate of 80 per cent.

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