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Research Integrity Training for Staff and PGRs

Where can research students access training and what is expected?

New research students are required to complete training on research integrity within their first year of programme. The training is on Moodle and consists of an online module and a webinar. PGRs can self-enrol on Moodle and start the training at any time.

Research students should be involved at all stages of considering the ethical implications of their research. However, they are likely to lack experience in the rigorous design of research methodologies, consistent with expectations for good research practice.

A key role of the supervisor is to ensure that researchers receive training and mentoring in good research conduct, data management, gaining ethical approval, reporting results, use of statistics, IP and co-authorship / attribution. Research Data Management training is also mandatory for research students in the Colleges of MVLS or Science and Engineering (bookable through My Campus). 

Students and supervisors should consider the range of training that is on offer through their college Graduate School and select the most appropriate. Attendance will be recorded as part of annual progress review. Students should check the guidance from their own College's research ethics committee on the types of training required and whether they are expected to participate in ethical review processes. 

Students can find additional training opportunities and resources in our 'Conduct' section. 


Where can staff get training and what is expected?

Research integrity spans several areas of research conduct.

Research integrity staff training sessions have moved online. You can complete the training at any time by self-enrolling on the Moodle course (please contact research-integrity@glasgow.ac.uk if you have any problems accessing the training). The training is mandatory for new research staff and highly recommended for academic staff, technical staff and research administrators. It is a mandatory element of the Early Career Development Programme (ECDP) for new academic staff. New supervisors of research students are also required to take the course. 

Staff should reflect on how they are keeping their knowledge and awareness of research integrity up to date in their annual P&DR. Online resources are also available and PIs / Supervisors are encouraged to use these as a starting point for discussion in their own research groups or collaborations. 


What training is available for PGR supervisors?

As part of the core training for new PGR supervisors, there are two essential Moodle courses:

There is also a 'PGR Supervisor Community of Practice' Teams Channel where you can access useful resources, find out about events and ask a question to members.

What training is available for Research Integrity Champions and Advisers?

We have an induction course for new Research Integrity Champions and Advisers, which includes links for all relevant documents and resources. 

Our dedicated website for Research Integrity Champions and Advisers contains the above induction course, along with role descriptions and guidance on how to report issues. 

What is the difference between research ethics and integrity?

Research ethics and our policies in this area are focussed on the moral perspective of how research is conducted, particularly when working with human or animal subjects. Researchers should adhere to codes of practice or regulations in this area and (where required) attend specific training or undertake ethical review processes prior to conducting research. Work in this area is overseen by the University Ethics Committee and each College also has an Ethics Committee and local points of contact. Research students should discuss this with their supervisor to identify appropriate training or procedures that should be followed.

Research integrity is focussed on professional standards and responsible research conduct. It is relevant to researchers from all disciplines, as well as anyone supporting research (administrators, public engagement or communications specialists etc.). Training is available, and while this is mandatory for PGRs, and highly recommended for other research staff, all researchers have a professional responsibility to keep up to date with what this means for their discipline, and contribute to a culture of good research practice.

Research integrity training enquiries

Please contact Ms Elinor Toland Research Integrity Adviser (Training and Communication) in the Research Governance and Integrity Team.