Policy and Governance

Listed below are University policies and guidance relating to research and enterprise. For further information please contact the office or individual named in the policy or guidance.

Funding for research and enterprise

Consultancy Policy (PDF): details of the University's Consultancy Policy. Forms for seeking authorisation to pursue or undertake consultancy are also available.

Guidance for the delivery of Non-Credit Bearing (NCB) CPD Courses : covers both ‘open’ courses for booking by individuals and bespoke ‘closed’ courses for a particular client. Outlines procedures for course development and approval and provides links to tools and resources for business case development and cost, price and financial management.

Contribution Policy: guidance on levels of investigator time to be requested on research grant applications.

Ethical giving guidelines: information on ethical considerations when securing or accepting research and enterprise funding (See Part C).

Grant Peer Review Guidelines: information on processes for peer review of grants. Please see College websites for specific details of their processes.

Pricing Policy: guidance on costing consultancy, CPD, contract or industry-funded research or services and how to access support.

Guidance on Reporting of Research Grants: guidance on when and how research applications and awards will be formally reported, how costs of collaborative projects are reported, and information on reporting of UHL-linked projects.

During research or enterprise

Policy on Sensitive or Extreme Research: guidance on obtaining approval for research into sensitive or extreme material.

Research Code of Conduct: guidance on what integrity in research means, the standards expected from all those carrying out research at the University and information on where to find help.

Research Ethics Policy: guidance on dealing with ethical issues during the course of research and consultancy activities, and obtaining ethical approval for projects.

Research Governance: guidance on what projects are covered by Research Governance, and links to key documents, regulations and resources.

Results of research or enterprise

Intellectual property policy (PDF): guidance on ownership, protection and use of materials and inventions created by members of the University, and intellectual property rights comprised in or relating to these.

Output Quality Policy (PDF): University policy for ongoing evaluation of research output quality and guidance on improving output quality. Pro formas for output grading, annual report forms for departments and colleges.

Open Access publishing: information on where to find details on what Open Access publishing means, the main funders' policies on open access and the Open Access funds managed by the Library. Download the Open Access policy.

Policy on Author Affiliation on Publications: guidance on the correct and consistent use of a University of Leicester institutional affiliation in research outputs.

Research data management: details of the Research Council's requirements for research data and guidance on collecting, storing and managing data at all stages of research cycle. Download the Research Data Management Code.

Spin-out policy: guidance on setting up companies to exploit University IP.

Other relevant guidance and resources

Commercial Contracts: commitment to colleagues (PDF): details of the services provided to the Colleges, Departments, staff and external partners by the Contracts team.

Research assessment: introduction to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and information on all the latest policies and data

Research Centre Guidelines: guidance on starting new research centres and reviewing current ones and pro formas for review and start-up.

Research Impact: definition and current developments around research impact. Visit the Impact microsite for case studies and further information.

Whistleblowing Policy: guidance on what to do when you discover information that you reasonably believe shows that malpractice, wrongdoing or dangers are occurring within the University, or in conjunction with third parties who are external to the University, such as suppliers or contractors.

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