The University of Gloucestershire is committed to the Concordat for Research Integrity and Ethics.
concordat to support research integrity
Research at University of Gloucestershire is conducted according to the principles of academic excellence, community, integrity, inclusiveness and professionalism. To support research integrity, the University became a signatory in 2021 to the revised 2019 Concordat to Supporting Research Integrity.
The core elements of research integrity are outlined in the Concordat Supporting Research Integrity and are noted below:
- ‘Honesty in all aspects of research, including in the presentation of research goals, intentions and findings; in reporting on research methods and procedures; in gathering data; in using and acknowledging the work of other researchers; and in conveying valid interpretations and making justifiable claims based on research findings’.
- ‘Rigour, in line with prevailing disciplinary norms and standards: in performing research and using appropriate methods; in adhering to an agreed protocol where appropriate; in drawing interpretations and conclusions from the research; and in communicating the results’.
- ‘Transparency and open communication in declaring conflicts of interest; in the reporting of research data collection methods; in the analysis and interpretation of data; in making research findings widely available, which includes sharing negative results as appropriate; and in presenting the work to other researchers and to the general public’.
- ‘Care and respect for all participants in and subjects of research, including humans, animals, the environment and cultural objects. Those engaged with research must also show care and respect for the stewardship of research and scholarship for future generations’.
The University has a responsibility to ensure that all researchers and research organisations it supports have rigorously considered any ethical implications arising from the research design, methodology, conduct, dissemination and sharing of the data produced.
Research conducted to high ethical standards supports both the academic freedom of researchers and the reputation of the University. Careful reflection and planning in relation to research ethics should not only benefit participants, but should also enhance the overall quality of the research that is taking place at the University. The University’s 2022 Annual Statement on Research Integrity sets out the actions and activities to promote high standards of research integrity, a positive research culture while creating a supportive mechanism for our students, staff and partners to conduct research.
The senior members of staff responsible for overseeing research integrity are:
They are the first point of contact for anyone wanting more information on matters of research integrity.
Researchers (staff and students) have an obligation to ensure that research is conducted with integrity and sensitivity. They must ensure that at all times they observe high standards of academic conduct and integrity and are aware of the consequences of failure to observe the University’s requirements. To support both staff and students appreciate research integrity, our Code of Practice on Research Integrity will set out clearly the expected conduct by all those who undertake research both on and off campuses.