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Research Misconduct

Policy and Process

The University strives to embed a culture of research integrity in both its staff and students, and is committed to supporting a research environment that is underpinned by a culture of integrity and based on good governance, best practice and support for the development of researchers.

The University’s policy and procedures for investigating allegations of misconduct in research complies with the principles outlined by the UK Research Integrity Office.

The policy sets out a process to enable all allegations to be investigated thoroughly, fairly and expeditiously and with care and sensitivity.

How to Report Research Misconduct

To find out what constitutes 'misconduct in research', please refer to Section 2 in the Research Misconduct Policy  It is important to recognise that genuine errors do occur and can, in general, be managed effectively at source.

Each College has nominated senior academic colleagues who have a role in promoting good research practice and may investigate repeated errors or mistakes to determine what remedial action is required. These are our Research Integrity Champions and Advisers.

Any member of the University who believes that an act of research misconduct has occurred or is occurring should initially report this to their School Research Integrity Adviser. If for any reason that is not appropriate they can contact another School Adviser, the College Research Integrity Champion or the Research Integrity Team directly at research-integrity@glasgow.ac.uk 

Anyone external to the University can report suspected research misconduct can also be reported directly to the Research Integrity Team via the confidential email box  research-integrity@glasgow.ac.uk. All allegations received centrally will be reviewed by the Named Person for Research Misconduct, Professor Martin Hendry. 


I suspect a researcher from another organisation has used my data without permission

If you suspect that someone has made use of your research without consent or without acknowledging your contribution you should contact Prof Martin Hendry (Named Person for Misconduct Allegations) before making contact with any Journals or the individuals concerned.  The Research Integrity Team can provide advice and support to ensure that these matters are investigated and resolved as quickly as possible.   

An external party has contacted me to raise concerns about my research or that of my colleagues

If you are contacted by someone from an external organisation who raises concerns about research that involves the University of Glasgow, you should redirect their concerns to the Research Integrity Team.