2021 Annual Statement on Research Integrity
Named Person in accordance with the Concordat
The Named Person in accordance with the Concordat to Support Research Integrity is Professor Judith Phillips OBE, Deputy Principal (Research).
Queries or concerns about research integrity and/or reports of research misconduct should be made through Ms Rachel Beaton, Research Integrity and Governance Manager.
- In Autumn/Winter 2020 the University hosted a virtual mini research integrity festival. The event was hosted by our Institute for Advanced Studies and the University’s Dean of Research Engagement and Performance, events focused on the launch of the new electronic ethics review system; safeguarding in research sharing experiences of conducting research with integrity in an international context and with vulnerable audiences; and a research integrity panel session exploring expectations, challenges and a discussion of embedding research integrity into research culture.
- In November 2020 the University Research Ethics Committee approved a University-wide Research Ethics Policy.
- In November 2020 the University Research Ethics Committee approved a revised version of the Guidelines for Handling Allegations of Misconduct in Research.
- In March 2021 the University Court approved a Code of Practice for the Protection of Children and Adults at Risk of Harm (Safeguarding)
- The University’s electronic ethics review system was launched in November 2020 to be used by all staff and students undertaking research activities.
- In October 2020 the University of Stirling became a signatory of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. Implementation of the Concordat will be managed via the University’s Research Environment Group. An action plan for the implementation of the Concordat was approved by University Court in September 2021. The action plan focuses on the 3 core principles of the Concordat; Environment and Culture, Employment and Professional and Career Development. Research Integrity is embedded throughout the Researcher Development Concordat.
- In May 2021 the University ran our annual Research Culture Awards to celebrate people and groups who contribute towards a positive and vibrant research environment.
- During 2020/21 the University requires all Faculty Research Committee meetings to have Research Ethics and Integrity as a standing agenda item.
- During 2020/21 the University’s Research Integrity and Governance Manager has been an active participant in a number of sector wide conferences including, UK Research Integrity Office annual conference and the virtual World Conference on Research Integrity.
- The Research Integrity and Governance Manager has engaged with the resources available from the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure on Trusted Research and has created web-based support for researchers.
- The Culture, Employment and Development in Academic Research Survey (CEDARS) ran at the University of Stirling during June 2021. The Survey asks questions relating to Research Integrity and Research Misconduct. Results of the survey will be reported to the University’s Research Environment Group.
Training and development
Training on research integrity are available to all of the University community through the University’s online learning environment on topics including: Introduction to Research Integrity and the responsible and ethical conduct of research; plagiarism and research outputs; authorship; collaborative research and data management and integrity; and peer review and publication ethics.
The Research Integrity and Governance Manager delivers ethics and Research Integrity training to specific groups/divisions of researchers.
To ensure that the University keeps up to date of best practice related to research integrity it is a member of a number of external bodies including:
- UK Research Integrity Office
- Association for Research Managers and Administrators
- Understanding Animal Research
- The University is also a member of the Scottish AWERB Hub
- The University is also a member of the Scottish Research Integrity Network
The University has guidelines for handling allegations of misconduct in research which are administered by the Research Integrity and Governance Manager and includes clear principles and mechanisms to ensure that investigations are conducted in a transparent, timely, robust and fair manner.