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UTS Human Research Ethics Committee Member – Layman

Organisation : University of Technology Sydney

Location : New South Wales

Time required : Approximately 1 day per month

Duration of project : 1 year

Skill area : Board & Committee Members

Sector : Education & Training, Other, Research / Medical Research, Science & Technology

Posted on : 16 Sep, 2020

About the role

About the role

University of Technology Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is seeking an individual to serve as an external lay member of the Human Research Ethics Committee (UTS HREC). The role of the UTS HREC is to undertake ethical and scientific review of research, to assess and minimise risk, balance risk with benefits and ensure research participants’ privacy, welfare and rights are fully protected. UTS has two HRECs, and the Committee we are seeking a member for reviews all non-health and medical research projects from across the University. 

We are seeking a Layman (male) member of the general public who does not have an affiliation with UTS and does not currently engage in medical, scientific, legal or academic work.

The Committee’s membership comprises a chairperson, external lay members, external professional care members, external lawyers, pastoral care members and experienced researchers encompassing the range of disciplines at UTS.

The UTS HREC meets on the second Tuesday of the month.

  • Meetings start at 9:30 am and generally continue until 12: 30 pm. The Committee reviews approximately 10 applications per month.
  • Each member of the Committee is assigned as a lead reviewer and/or secondary reviewer for about 1-2 applications.
  • Each member receives an email which includes a link to the agenda, minutes from previous month’s meeting and a combined file of each application to be reviewed. Members are expected to complete all pre-reading and provide written feedback to the Secretariat for collation before the meeting. Preparations for the meeting usually takes between 4 and 5 hours a month.
  • Members are appointed for an initial term of 1 year.


Submissions of Expressions of Interests

All submissions for expressions of interests must be emailed to and must include the following documentation:

Cover letter: A letter addressing how you meet the requirements for the role, including the 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 interests and/or your personal, professional or volunteering experience will assist you in carrying out your role as a member of the human research ethics committee.
  • Confirm that you can accommodate the time commitment as a volunteer member of the committee and are willing to attend 80% of meetings
  • Confirm you are prepared to undertake training opportunities related to your membership

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

About the organisation

Organisation name : University of Technology Sydney
Not for Profit : Yes

How to apply

For details concerning this role , please contact

Racheal Laugery

Phone : (02) 9514 1279

Email :

Please quote in application: UTS Human Research Ethics Committee Member – Layman via Pro Bono Australia.


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