As a University, we are committed to ensuring that our researchers know and understand what is expected of them. The University’s Code of Conduct and Integrity in Research should be adhered to by all staff and research students working within or on behalf of the University.
As a researcher it is vital that you conceive, conduct and report your research in an honest and transparent manner. You must be fair and accurate when representing your interactions with peers, be open about any potential conflicts of interest that might emerge within your research and ensure that you protect research participants, maintaining their dignity and rights throughout the life time of your research.
The University’s Research Governance, Ethics and Integrity Committee is a formal part of the University’s governance structures. This Committee was formed following the amalgamation of the University’s Research Ethics Committee and Governance and Integrity Committee in August 2019. It is responsible for the development and implementation of policies, procedures and training to support researchers and it also provides oversight through regular audits and review of reports. The full terms of reference and membership can be found here:
The Concordat to Support Research Integrity (linked below) was developed by Universities UK (UUK) in 2012 and updated in 2019, in collaboration with the Higher Funding Council for England (HEFCE), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Wellcome Trust. The University fully supports the Concordat, the key principles of which are:
The University has reported on its compliance with the Concordat from it was first required to do so in 2013-14. All annual statements of compliance are found below:
As a member of the Russell Group the University is committed to upholding research integrity across the sector. Subsequently, the University endorses the Russell Group’s Statement of Cooperation in respect of cross-institutional research misconduct allegations.
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