Statement on Research Integrity

The School recognises that its academic staff are respected scholars who need to be working at the cutting edge of research in their chosen fields. Through their personal engagement in research, they are better able to identify and nurture important developments in those areas, contributing to the role of the School in promoting new research agendas.

Our research strategy identifies cross-institute strengths and creates new research clusters in addition to enhancing those which already exist.

We have been highly successful in attracting external funding from research councils and a variety of public and private bodies, and we intend to continue this by developing new strategies and collaborations. (SAS Strategic Framework).

The School, under the University of London governance, is committed to carrying out its research within a comprehensive ethical framework. (see UOL Research Ethics Policy). We expect all our researchers, students, fellows and staff to uphold the highest professional standards of research integrity:

  • All researchers are expected to be honest in respect of their own actions in research and in their responses to the actions of other researchers. This applies to the whole range of research, including generating and analysing data, publishing results, and acknowledging the direct and indirect contributions of colleagues. 
  • Plagiarism, deception or the falsification or fabrication of results is regarded as a serious disciplinary offence.
  • All researchers are encouraged to report cases of suspected misconduct and to do so in a responsible and appropriate manner.
  • All researchers must declare any real or potential conflicts of interest before undertaking their research.

See the UOL Code of Good Practice in Research for more details.

Research Integrity Annual Statements

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]

The Team

Please note: We are currently working via a hybrid arrangement. Our core hours are 10:00 – 16:00 Working remotely Monday/Wednesday/Friday and in the office in Senate House Tuesday & Thursday.

Sandrine Alarçon-Symonds

Head of Management Information and Research Services

Sandrine.Alarcon-Symonds@sas.ac.uk
+44 (0)207 862 8659

Jaimie Henderson

Research Support Officer

jaimie.henderson@sas.as.ac.uk
+44 (0)207 862 8825

Madu Gebermeskel

Temporary Research Finance Officer

Madu.Gebermeskel@sas.ac.uk

+44 (0)207 862 8654