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Researcher's Corner

Research Ethics


Research activities that involve human subjects pose potential ethical and legal concerns. These activities require human research ethics approval by an appropriate authority to safeguard the rights, safety and well-being of all human subjects involved, and to ensure compliance with international ethical standards and local legal ordinances on privacy and personal data collection. 


THEi's Human Ethics Sub-committee (HESC) is an institutional review board responsible for overseeing the ethical aspect of human research by THEi researchers.



Who should apply for human research ethics approval?


THEi researchers, whether staff or students, whose projects involve human subjects should apply for ethical review and approval by the HESC for staff and student projects.



When to apply?


Ethics approval should be obtained before the commencement of data collection. A project's principal investigator is recommended to apply for ethics approval in the planning stage of the project.  At least 4 weeks should be allowed for the processing of an ethics application. 



How to apply?


Please click "Go" to read the respective "Ethical Guidelines for Research Involving Human Subjects" for staff projects or student projects, and to download the forms and templates for completion (staff login required).







Please contact Dr Jenny Cheung at 3890 8091 or email


January 2024