About research integrity
About research integrity
As a research-led institution, the University of Glasgow is committed to providing an environment that ensures our research is conducted to the highest quality standards. Central to this commitment is the development of an environment that recognises and supports research excellence. When embarking on a new research collaboration or taking on new staff or students (who may be lacking in experience in these areas) it is important to ensure that everyone has the same expectations for good research practice.
This code of good practice in research is intended for all staff, including persons with honorary positions, and students carrying out research at, or on behalf of, the University. The video below provides a short overview of where to start if you want to know more about research integrity.
Key documents and links
Annual Statement on Research Integrity
In the interests of openness and accountability and to provide assurance to staff and the wider public that measures are being taken to support consistently high standards, the University is committed to making an annual statement on research integrity publicly available.
Response of the University of Glasgow to the Inquiry of the Science and Technology Committee (2017)
The following pages provide information for staff and students on available training opportuinites.
Where can students access training and what is expected?
New research students are required to attend a short introductory workshop on research integrity within their first year of programme.
- Research integrity workshops for PGRs are booked using 'My Campus'. If you are from the College of Arts or Social Sciences, we'd normally expect you to attend workshop RSDC 6026. If you are from CoSE or MVLS we would expect you to attend RSDC 6023. If you have difficulties attending workshops on campus (e.g. due to being based out of the country, having caring responsibilities or accessibility issues), contact Richard Marshall to enquire about our webinars
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.
Face to face workshops on research integrity and data management are available to staff and can be booked through the HR CORE system. These are highly recommended for postdoctoral researchers, academic staff, Technical Staff and research administrators and are a mandatory element of ECDP (the development programme for new academic staff).
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. We also have a Moodle resource with useful case studies. Contact Elizabeth Adams for details.
Supervisor good practice workshops are run by each of the four Graduate Schools, including presentations on supporting students to develop good research practice. Supervisors are required to attend at least once every five years.
The annual research staff conference also includes workshops on themes relating to good research practice or data management (see previous presentations).
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.