Conducting research with integrity

Published: 1 November 2019

Research Integrity ultimately relies on a healthy Research Culture

Research Culture is a priority for policymakers, funders and practitioners. The Royal Society defines Research Culture as “encompassing the behaviours, values, expectations, attitudes and norms of our research communities. It influences researchers’ career paths and determines the way that research is conducted and communicated”.

At Glasgow we believe that Research Integrity ultimately relies on a healthy Research Culture. This means fostering working relationships that are based on trust, respect and responsibility. Researchers are at most risk of compromising their integrity when they feel under inappropriate pressure, when they don’t feel able to ask for advice, or when they are uninformed.

Our annual statement

Each year we publish our annual statement highlighting how we are complying with the Concordat to Support Research Integrity. The Concordat was launch in 2012 by Universities UK and updated in 2019. The Concordat helps to ensure that research produced by or in collaboration with the UK research community is underpinned by the highest standards of rigour and integrity.

Our statement for 2018-19 is now available: Annual Statement on Compliance with the Concordat to Support Research Integrity for the period 2018-2019:

This public statement summarises outlines the actions and activities we have undertaken to promote research integrity and provides details on investigations of misconduct, ensuring transparency and encouraging openness around our standards.

Our approach

Research Integrity is an important feature of our efforts to improve the University’s Research Culture. This year we launched our first Research Culture Awards, designed to celebrate outstanding activities that promote collegial behaviours among researchers and contribute to a positive research culture. You can explore our approach and find out more about the awards on our further on our Research Culture web pages.

Royal Society cited us in a recent blog assessing Research Culture across the sector one year on from them Research culture: changing expectations conference. This is important recognition of our activities from a key funder.

Showcasing your approach

In our Annual Statement this year we highlight the excellent work being done in the School of Humanities, the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology and the School of Psychology.  

We would like to showcase more examples from across the University. Do you have local activities to promote research integrity? Let us know so we can include them in next year’s statement:


If you have questions about research integrity or want to discuss our plans for a better research culture please contact Tanita Casci (Head of Research Policy) or Samantha Oakley (Researcher Development & Integrity Specialist)

First published: 1 November 2019