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The university's commitment to the concordat to support research integrity

The concordat to support research integrity was developed in collaboration with the Funding and Research Councils, Wellcome Trust and various government departments seeking to provide a comprehensive national framework for good research conduct and governance.

The concordat sets out five commitments that will provide assurances that research in the UK continues to be underpinned by the highest standards of rigour and integrity.

  • Maintaining the highest standards of rigour and integrity in all aspects of research
  • Ensuring that research is conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards.
  • 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
  • Using transparent, robust and fair processes to deal with allegations of research misconduct should they arise
  • Working together to strengthen the integrity of research and to reviewing progress regularly and openly

Compliance with the concordat

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) now requires institutions eligible to receive their research funding to comply with the concordat. This has been made a condition of receiving HEFCE funds specified in institutions' funding agreements and applies from 2013–14. HEFCE has published information and guidance for institutions which includes views of compliance and advice on finding additional information.

Implementation of the concordat

The University's Research Ethics Subcommittee mapped current University policy and practice to the five commitments outlined in the concordat to support research integrity, identifying areas of good practice and areas for consideration and development in our ongoing responsibility and commitment to our research and innovation staff.

The concordat research integrity document indicates that the University is compliant with the concordat. Evidence of policy, guidance and support available within the University is presented together with a series of recommendations for the University, heads of departments, directors of research centres and researchers to ensure compliance with the concordat and importantly, to ensure that its principles are embedded within everyday practice.

The evidence presented is a response to the concordat that has been discussed and approved at the University Academic Board (12 February 2014) following discussion and amendments at University Research Ethics Committee (6 June 2013) and Research and Innovation Committee (28 November 2013). This is reviewed and updated annually.

Next steps

The University Research Ethics Committee will oversee the implementation of practice, actions and recommendations, reporting to the University's Research and Innovation Committee.

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