Research Integrity

All those engaged with research have a duty to consider how the work they undertake, host or support impacts on society and on the wider research community. The University expects all those who undertake research under its auspices, at any level, to abide by the highest standards of rigour and integrity.

Research Integrity covers a wide range of topics including ethics; peer review, publication and authorship; plagiarism; data management and protection; conflicts of interest and the use of research funds. The University’s policies in these areas are set out in the Research Code of Conduct, (updated June 2016).

The University's policies on Data Protection, Whistle Blowing and Bribery and Corruption can be accessed here.

The University fully supports the principles laid out in the Universities UK Concordat to Support Research Integrity and the five commitments to integrity set out in this document. These are:
1. Maintaining the highest standards of rigour and integrity in all aspects of research
2. Ensuring that research is conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards
3. Supporting a research environment that is underpinned by a culture of integrity and based on good governance, best practice and support for the development of researchers
4. Using transparent, robust and fair processes to deal with allegations of research misconduct should they arise
5. Working together to strengthen the integrity of research and to reviewing progress regularly and openly

As part of the University’s commitment to the Concordat, a Research Integrity Working Group (RIWG) was set up early in 2014 to review compliance with the Concordat, including revising the Research Code of Conduct. In April/May 2014 the group carried out a review of the training provided on Research Integrity, Ethics and Peer Review Provision across Departments/Schools and Colleges. The report can be found below in the reports section.

In autumn 2014, the group produced a revised Research Code of Conduct which was formally approved by Senate in October 2014. It also produced the 2014 annual report for Council (the University's governing body) as required under the Concordat to Support Research Integrity (see Reports section).

The group completed on a final, fuller report which outlined progress and make proposals for future developments around integrity. The final report, which forms the 2015 annual report, was approved by Research Council in June 2015 and is available in the Reports section.

The work started by RIWG is now being taken forward by the Research Ethics and Integrity Training Group (REITG), which reports to the University Research Ethics Committee. REITG has a plan of work running until the end of academic year 2017/18, after which it will hand responsibility for research integrity over to others.

The Group produced the 2017 annual report which was approved by Council in May 2017 (see Reports section). It also oversaw revisions to the Research Code of Conduct in June 2016.

If you have any questions about the working of REITG, please contact the Chair or Secretary.

INTEGRITY REPORTS

2017 Annual Integrity report for Council here (opens as pdf)

2016 Annual Integrity report for Council here (opens as pdf)

2015 Annual Integrity report for Council here (opens as pdf).

2014 Annual Integrity report for Council here (opens as pdf).

2014 April/May report on training provision here (opens as pdf).

REITG TERMS OF REFERENCE

a) To ensure the University’s Code of Conduct for research is up to date (paper and web);
b) To ensure suitable training is available for all researchers on ethics, integrity and intellectual property;
c) To communicate the Group’s work broadly across the University;
d) To report to Council on the implementation of the Concordat as required by HEFCE;
e) To consider and record the potential equal opportunity impacts of decisions made by the Group (in accordance with the ‘due regard’ provisions of the Equality Act 2010).

PLAN OF WORK

Academic year 2017-18
1. Review and update the Code of Conduct for Research;
2. Work on implementation of Epigeum Training Modules on research integrity;
3. Communicate widely about what integrity means for researchers;
4. Write the 2018 Annual Report on research integrity for Council.

5. Work with the Research Ethics Committee to agree how training and integrity will be taken forward after the end of this year.

MEMBERSHIP

Professor Mark Jobling (Genetics; Chair)
Professor Jo Brewis (Management)
Professor Paul Cullis (Chemistry)
Professor Jose Miola (Law)
Lynne Parsons (Research and Enterprise Division)
TBC (IT Services)
Dr Meera Warrier (Research and Enterprise Division)

Peter Alfano (Research and Enterprise Division)
Dr Juliet Bailey (Research and Enterprise Division, Member and Secretary)

 

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