Research

Research Integrity

Research Integrity

Principles

The Concordat to Support Research Integrity defines research integrity as a set of individual and collective behaviours that define good research practice:

  • Honesty in all aspects of research including gathering data, reporting findings and acknowledging the work of others.
  • Rigour in using appropriate research methods in line with prevailing disciplinary norms and standards, adhering to an agreed protocol, drawing interpretations from the research and communicating the results.
  • Transparency and open communication in declaring potential competing interests, the analysis and interpretation of data and making research findings widely available.
  • Care and respect for all research subjects, users and beneficiaries; including humans, animals, the environment and cultural objects. Those engaged with research must also show care and respect for the integrity of the research record.
  • Accountability of funders, employers and researchers to collectively create a positive and inclusive research environment.

 As a signatory of the Concordat, we publish an annual statement on our activities:

Code of Good Practise

Newcastle University is committed to rigorous high standards in our research activities and ensuring that ethical, legal and professional obligations are met.  Expectations for all staff and students are set out in the University’s Code of Good Research Practice.

Activities

The University promotes research integrity via a wide range of activities including:

  • Research methods and skills training
  • Faculty Postgraduate Researcher Development Programmes
  • Principle Investigator Development Programme
  • Leadership and management training
  • Access to resources through institutional membership of the UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO) and UK Reproducibility Network (UKRN)

Further activities are planned over the next year, including the launch of University training on research integrity and ethics. 

Research Misconduct

The University is committed to using transparent, timely, robust and fair processes to deal with allegations of research misconduct when they arise.   Please refer to the University Policy and Procedure for Investigating Allegations of Research Misconduct for more details. 

Contact

University Research and Innovation Committee has oversight of all matters relating to research integrity. 

The named person responsible for research integrity at Newcastle University is the Pro Vice Chancellor for Research Strategy and Resources, Professor Brian Walker. 

Enquiries should be directed to the Research Integrity and Governance Manager: res.policy@ncl.ac.uk.