1.2 Definitions

Key definitions used throughout the Research Code of Conduct
  1. In this Code of Conduct, a phrase where the word MUST is in bold indicates a mandatory requirement expected of all researchers by the University or under UK law or external regulations. Where SHOULD is in bold, it indicates a course of action that is recommended as best practice. Where MAY is in bold, it indicates a course of action which may be taken at the discretion of the appropriate person or persons (See also 2.3.3).
  2. In this Code the term ‘Researcher’ or ‘You’ indicates an individual involved in research, including, but not limited to:
    1. staff in any of the University’s job families (teaching and research, technical and experimental, management and administration, and community and operational), including Honorary Staff and Emeritus Professors;
    2. staff visiting from other institutions undertaking or supervising research at or for the University; and
    3. undergraduate and postgraduate students (both taught and research), whether registered here or on temporary placement.
    This term also covers those involved in fundraising; those providing consultancy, innovation, commercial and analytical services; and those involved in the setting up and running of University spin-out companies.
  3. In this Code ‘Research’ is defined according to the internationally accepted OECD Frascati Manual as "Creative work undertaken on a systematic basis in order to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of man [sic], culture and society, and the use of this stock of knowledge to devise new applications". This includes, but is not limited to, funded and unfunded research projects, consulting within and outside the University, and exploitation and knowledge transfer activities. This Code applies to all research and consultancy activity undertaken by University staff and students in collaboration with other organisations, such as collaborative research projects, and to individuals from other organisations who are undertaking or supervising research at or for the University.
  4. Principal Investigator’ or ‘PI’ refers to the lead investigator – generally the main holder of the research funding or leader of a project or, for multi-institution projects, the University of Leicester lead investigator.
    This definition includes the defined role of Chief Investigator of a Clinical Study.
  5. Supervisor’ covers any person or persons who are responsible for oversight of other researchers.
  6. Head of Department’ refers to the Head of the academic unit to which a researcher belongs, which can include Schools, Departments, Research Insitutes and other academic divisions within the University.
  7. Student’ covers any person who has registered on a programme of study with the University, which can include undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research programmes. This also includes students from elsewhere visiting as part of an exchange or similar programme. A ‘Research Student’ is a student who is registered on a research-based programme of study, such as an MPhil, professional doctorate or PhD.
  8. Research Funder’ covers any organisation or person which provides research funding to the University, and can include research councils, public sector organisations, charities, non-governmental organisations, commercial and business organisations and government agencies whether located within the UK or elsewhere.
  9. Research Funding’ covers all forms of external funding in support of research and enterprise activities including research grants and contracts, philanthropic donations, consultancy and industrial research contracts and grants in kind providing access to external expertise, facilities, equipment, etc.

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