Policies, procedures and codes of conduct

A list of University policies relating to research integrity, with additional information about how they relate, plus links to further guidance from research councils and other bodies.

The Research Code of Conduct is the primary document governing how research should be conducted within the University. The Code combines a statement of the values and principles which underpin research integrity with a best-practice guide for researchers, referencing other policies and procedures where necessary as well as legislation, regulations and guidance from external bodies.

Other University Policies

The Research Ethics Code of Practice outlines the ethical principles which guide the University’s approach to research, in addition to providing guidance on specific ethical issues such as working with vulnerable groups, and providing the University’s procedures for scrutiny of projects by Research Ethics Committees.

The Data Protection Code of Practice contains a general statement of the University’s data protection policy and provides guidance on how the demands of the Data Protection Act 1998 can be met. The Data Protection Code of Practice also includes advice on the exemptions in the Data Protection Act for research data.

The Freedom of Information Code of Practice outlines how the University will respond to requests for access to data under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The Ethical Policy and Guidelines for the Acceptance and Refusal of Donations and Research and Enterprise Funding provides guidelines for staff involved in securing research and enterprise funding. The Ethical Policy is particularly relevant to any researchers who may make approaches to potential research funders.

The Policy for the Treatment and Governance of Intellectual Property governs the ownership, protection and use of materials and inventions created by members of the University and related intellectual property rights, including intellectual property created in research partnerships.

The Whistleblowing Policy provides protection for individuals who report malpractice or impropriety within the University, including academic or professional malpractice and other research misconduct, and outlines the procedures for making disclosures.

The Ordinances and Statutes are regulations which govern the running of the University. The University’s Academic Freedom Ordinance Policy defines academic freedom as it is used within the University and sets out the rights and responsibilities of academic staff in relation to it. The University’s Discipline Ordinance Policy and Procedure state the procedures which will be used in the investigation of misconduct (including research misconduct).

Senate Regulations set out the University’s general expectations of students, along with definitions of misconduct and the procedures for dealing with misconduct by registered students. Senate Regulation 9 (Regulations governing research degree programmes) sets out the additional expectations and requirements for postgraduate research students. Senate Regulation 11 covers student discipline.

You may also find the following links useful:

External sources of information relevant to research integrity and research ethics

Research councils

Policy and Guidelines on Governance of Good Research Conduct (Feb 2013). Research Councils UK

Policy on Open Access.  Research Councils UK

Common Principles on Data Policy. Research Councils UK

Terms and Conditions of Grants. Research Councils UK

Framework for Research Ethics (Economic and Social Research Council)

Good research practice: principles and guidelines (Medical Research Council)

Good research conduct & research integrity (Natural Environment Research Council)

Other relevant guidance and codes

Code of Practice for Research (Sept 2009). UK Research Integrity Office

Procedure for the Investigation of Misconduct in Research (Aug 2008). UK Research Integrity Office

The concordat to support research integrity (July 2012). Universities UK

Wellcome Trust Open Access Policy

Open Access Policy for the Research Excellent Framework. HEFCE

Association of Medical Research Charities Open Access Position statement

EU Horizon 2020 Open Access Policy

Data protection Act 1998

Freedom of Information Act 2000

Guidance on Oversight of security-sensitive research material in UK universities (2012) Universities UK

The European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity. European Science Foundation (ESF) and All European Academies (ALLEA)

Singapore Statement on Research Integrity. 2nd World Conference on Research Integrity

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