Integrity and ethics
Our Research Integrity and Governance Code of Practice helps ensure our research is of the highest quality and is conducted to stringent ethical standards.
The Code of Practice puts in place clear rules for high quality research and sets out our expectations for our researchers. It encourages good conduct in research, and helps researchers meet legal and ethical requirements while preventing misconduct.
The Code of Practice covers the following topics:
- Principles in research: Excellence, honesty and integrity, openness, accountability and responsibility, rigour, care of and respect for participants
- Commitments for research: leadership and supervision, research data and records, publications and authorship, training, equality and diversity, ethical requirements, and clinical research
- Intellectual property
- Conflicts of interest.
21 August 2015
The code encourages good conduct in research, helps researchers meet legal and ethical requirements, and helps prevent misconduct.
The Code of Practice applies to everyone involved in research, including staff, students and those managing research.
Our University Research Integrity and Ethics Committee ensures that the Code of Practice is adhered to and that research is conducted to the highest standards.
As well as our own policies, researchers are expected to abide by various UK and international laws and regulations, including:
- the NHS Research Governance Framework
- the European Commission's Clinical Trials Directive (2001/20/EC)
- the European Commission's Good Clinical Practice Directive (2005/28/EC)
- The Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004
- The Medical Devices Regulations 2002
- Human Tissue Act 2004
- Mental Capacity Act 2005