An essential part of the Human Research Ethics process is Peer Review. Peer Review is administered within the Faculty; Ethics approval by the University's Human Research Ethics Committee. In order to facilitate this process the Peer Review component has been separated from the Human Research Ethics (HRE)application. The only information to be submitted for Peer Review in the Faculty of Business and Law is now the Peer Review template. The template includes only the essential information from the HRE application.
Faculty based Peer Review
Applications are Peer Reviewed by a member of the Faculty Peer Review Panel for their methodological soundness based on a Peer Review template completed by applicants.
The Peer Review template is then endorsed by Head of School and PJ Rosenberger, Chair of the Panel. The Peer Review panel members are experienced researchers who have been nominated by their Head of School.
Information For Supervisors
Please note all correspondence for the Faculty Peer Review process for applicants needs to be submitted by the Chief Investigator/Supervisor to FBL-PeerReview@newcastle.edu.au
Chief Investigators/Supervisors should follow the Peer Review process for student applications:
The Faculty Peer Review Panel aims to provide initial feedback on the Peer Review submissions to the Chief Investigators/Supervisors within ten working days.
Information for Staff
For all academic staff / Chief Investigator applications - the Peer Review template should be completed and submitted for Peer Review to FBL-PeerReview@newcastle.edu.au
Process for L3 applications
Applicants requiring to complete an L3 NEAF application for a high risk application, should submit all of the documentation to Chair, Faculty Review Panel via
FBL-PeerReview@newcastle.edu.au who will then organise the Peer Review process for all high risk applications.
Checklist for Peer Reviewers
A checklist has been created to guide Peer Review panel members to undertake the reviews. This checklist reflects the Peer Review requirements contained within the G2 + HOS declaration section of the Human Research Ethics application.
Submission of Human Research Ethics applications
The Chief Investigators are required to submit Peer Reviewed and HOS endorsed applications to the Human Research Ethics Committee for final approval.
Further details of new Human Research Ethics approval process, including NEAF application forms and guidelines can be found at the University's Human Research Ethics web site.
Advice on Human Research Ethics
Chief Investigators can contact the Faculty Research Ethics Advisor (REA) for advice preparing HRE applications: