The University is a signatory to the UUK Concordat to Support Research Integrity and our procedures and processes are intended to embed integrity and ethical conduct into all our research practices. The Concordat was updated in October 2019.
Researchers are responsible for the professional conduct and publication of their research, for the work of colleagues and students under their direction, and for the reporting of suspected conflicts of interest, poor practice or potential misconduct. Researchers should be aware of, and adhere to, current good practice and any statutory obligations relating to their research area.
In line with the Concordat commitments, the University publishes an annual statement of compliance.
University Policy and Practice
- The University’s Research Code of Practice has been developed to promote good conduct and to ensure that research is of the highest quality;
- The Academic Ethics Policy underpins the conduct of the University’s academic activities to ensure these activities are conducted to the highest ethical standards;
- The Good Practice in Authorship of Research Publications User Guide provides further guidance on best practice for writing and preparing publications;
- And the University’s Policy and Procedure for Dealing with Allegations of Misconduct in Research provides detail of the processes and procedures for reporting and investigating allegations of misconduct.
More Information and Reporting
Overall responsibility for research integrity, governance and ethics sits with the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research & Enterprise. Any internal or external questions around research integrity may be addressed in the first instance to Rachael McKittrick, Research Governance & Policies Manager in the department of Research & Enterprise. Rachael McKittrick is also the Named Person for reporting allegations of misconduct in research. Allegations of research misconduct should be sent in writing, with all available evidence, to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The University’s Whistle Blowing Policy allows staff to raise concerns about actions or behaviour when, owing to the nature or severity of the issue, it would be inappropriate to use normal channels. The Whistleblowing reporting line is to either the University General Counsel on ext. 56428 or to the independent external hotline (Expolink) on 0800 374 199.