1. In October 2019, Universities UK published a revised concordat to support research integrity, which responds to recommendations set out in the Science and Technology Committee's report on research integrity, published in July 2018. Compliance with the Concordat is a condition of government funding.
2. The Concordat’s 5th commitment requires in particular that the University should present a short annual statement to its governing body that provides:
a) a summary of actions and activities that have been undertaken to support and strengthen understanding and the application of research integrity issues (for example postgraduate and researcher training, or process reviews);
b) a statement to provide assurance that the processes the institution has in place for dealing with allegations of misconduct are transparent, timely, robust and fair, and that they continue to be appropriate to the needs of the organisation;
c) a high-level statement on any formal investigations of research misconduct that have been undertaken, which will include data on the number of investigations. If no formal investigation has been undertaken, this should also be noted;
d) a statement on what the institution has learned from any formal investigations of research misconduct that have been undertaken, including what lessons have been learned to prevent the same type of incident re-occurring;
e) a statement on how the institution creates and embeds a research environment in which all staff, researchers and students feel comfortable to report instances of misconduct.
3. To improve accountability, and provide assurances that measures being taken continue to support consistently high standards of research integrity, this statement will be made publicly available here.
The School’s statements are published below.
2022 - Coming soon
2021 - Download the 2021 Research Integrity Annual Statement here [PDF]
2020 - Download the 2020 Research Integrity Annual Statement here [PDF]
2019 - Download the 2019 Research Integrity Annual Statement here [PDF]
2018 - Download the 2018 Research Integrity Annual Statement here [PDF]