Research Governance Committees

The following research governance committees operate at Western Sydney University:

Research Committee

The Research Committee is a standing committee of Academic Senate and assists the development of high-quality research strategy and practices at the University.

For additional information, please view the Research Committee Terms of Reference (PDF, 18.22 KB) (opens in a new window)

Research Studies Committee

The Research Studies Committee operates as a sub-committee of the Research Committee and provides advice to Senate regarding academic matters relating to research undertaken by research and higher degree candidates of the University. On behalf of Senate, it oversees the candidatures of those students and has the delegated authority to approve the conferral of research higher degrees. The committee provides advice to Senate regarding the development of research training policy in the University.

For more information, please view the Research Studies Committee Terms of Reference (PDF, 18.64 KB) (opens in a new window)

Integrity in Research Committee

The Integrity in Research Committee has the responsibility of advising on high level issues relating to the ethical and professional conduct of research.

For more information, please see Integrity in Research

Human Research Ethics Committee

The Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has the responsibility of considering the ethical implications of proposed human research studies. This responsibility includes monitoring the ethical aspects of all research studies involving human participants undertaken by the staff and students of the University.

For more information, see Human Ethics

Animal Care and Ethics Committee

All research and teaching exercises involving the use of animals must have the approval of the Animal Care and Ethics Committee (ACEC) before it can proceed. The ACEC is a representative committee made up of animal researchers, veterinarians, animal welfare representatives and independent members.

For more information, see Animal Ethics

Biosafety and Radiation Safety Committee

The Biosafety and Radiation Safety Committee (BRSC) has been established to monitor research and teaching proposals involving the use of micro-organisms of Risk Group 2 or higher, whole micro-organisms, in vivo use of imported biological products, specimens of human origin (including blood products), recombinant DNA and ionising radiation sources.

For more information, see Biosafety and Radiation Safety