Research integrity and governance

Our Research Integrity and Governance Code of Practice helps to ensure that our research is conducted safely, responsibly, and in accordance with expected standards.

The Code of Practice contains a set of expectations applicable to all staff and students involved in research at Cardiff University. It provides a framework for good research conduct and helps researchers to meet legal and ethical requirements, whilst preventing misconduct.

The Code of Practice covers the following topics:

  • Principles in research: excellence; honesty and integrity; openness; accountability and responsibility; rigour; care and respect.
  • 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.
  • Anti-bribery and anti-corruption.
  • Export regulations.

The Code of Practice is regularly reviewed to ensure it is fit for purpose.  The current version of the Code of Practice was reviewed in 2017/2018 and approved on 9 July 2018.

Research Integrity and Governance Code of Practice (English)

Research Integrity and Governance Code of Practice (English)

9 July 2018

The code encourages good conduct in research, helps researchers meet legal and ethical requirements, and helps prevent misconduct.


Oversight of research integrity

The Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Engagement is the senior academic lead for research integrity at Cardiff University and is Chair of the University Research Integrity and Ethics Committee (URIEC).

URIEC is responsible for reviewing and maintaining the Code of Practice and for ensuring that the University continues to have appropriate systems in place to support and strengthen research integrity.  URIEC reports to the University’s Governance Committee (and, where necessary, to Senate and Council).

The University’s Research Integrity and Governance Officer (sitting within Research and Innovation Services) provides dedicated support for the University’s research integrity activity and helps to implement matters resolved by URIEC.

Annual statement

Our 2016/2017 Annual Statement on Research Integrity confirms our commitment to promoting and strengthening research integrity across all research activity.

The Concordat to Support Research Integrity recommends that institutions prepare an annual statement on research integrity which provides a summary of the actions and activities undertaken to support and strengthen research integrity, alongside policy information and high-level data on formal investigations of research misconduct.

Our 2016/2017 Annual Statement on Research Integrity addresses all of the points recommended by the Concordat and summarises the robust systems and structure we have in place to manage research integrity.

Our next Annual Statement on Research Integrity will be released in late 2018 and will report on activities undertaken in the 2017/2018 academic year to further strengthen research integrity.

Contact us

For queries about Research Integrity at Cardiff University please contact Dr Kathy Pittard Davies.

Dr Kathy Pittard Davies

Deputy Director & Head of Research Governance & Contracts