The University is committed to undertaking high quality research in an environment of high standards of research integrity, governance and good practice. We seek to operate an open research environment, enabling access to, and sharing and replication of our research. The purpose of the University’s research governance is to ensure that all research, undertaken by staff, students or any others acting on behalf of or under the aegis of the University, is carried out to the highest standards and that all researchers uphold the principles set out in the 2019 Concordat to Support Research Integrity.
Overall responsibility for maintaining the highest standards of research integrity at the University rests with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Chris Greer firstname.lastname@example.org. The first point of contact for anyone wanting more information in relation to research integrity is the Research Governance and Planning Manager (Sarah Manning-Press, email@example.com).
All research involving human participants and animals, whether undertaken by the University's staff or students, must undergo an ethics review and ethical approval must be obtained before it commences.
The University Code of Good Research Practice provides a framework for the highest standards of personal conduct in research. The Code of Good Research Practice sets out these minimum standards of conduct applicable to all staff, students and others associated with the University who are engaged in research.
The Code expects Researchers to always:
Any breach of the Code or of related policies as applied to research will be investigated on a case by case basis under the University’s Procedure for the Investigation of Allegations of Misconduct in Research or the Academic Offences Procedures for students, as appropriate.
The Concordat to Support Research Integrity (.pdf) is a national framework for good research conduct and its governance. It comprises five commitments that apply to researchers, employers of researchers and funders of research. The commitments are:
As part of the its commitment to the Concordat to Support Research Integrity, the University produces and publishes a Research Integrity Annual Report to Senate and Council, which is made public.
The University’s Procedure for the Investigation of Allegations of Research Misconduct in Research defines misconduct in research as any breach of the University’s Code of Good Research Practice or other practices that seriously deviate from those that are commonly accepted. Misconduct in research includes:
Allegations relating to the research undertake by University students will be investigated using the Academic Offences Procedures.
Concerns regarding the conduct of the University’s research should be raised with the Registrar and Secretary, Bryn Morris via firstname.lastname@example.org
The University of Essex does not proscribe animal research. However, as a matter of current practice, invasive animal research and research requiring a Home Office Licence is not conducted on University premises. Members of staff who conduct animal testing which is deemed invasive or requires a Home Office Licence will do so in collaboration with another institution or organisation. Read the University policy statement on the use of animals in research for further details.
There may be circumstances in which ethical issues can arise when considering whether or not to apply for or accept external funding for research. Similar considerations might apply to collaborative arrangements with an organisation or individual. It is important that the interests of all staff and the interests and the reputation of the University as a whole are safeguarded when seeking and accepting external funding or collaborating.
The University Policy Statement on Funding from Ethically Difficult External Sources or in Ethically Difficult Cases provide guidance on such situations.
We are committed to using metric indicators responsibly and sensibly. We have used the ten principles of the Leiden Manifesto to produce eight principles to guide the responsible use of research metrics at the University of Essex. Read The Responsible Use of Research Metrics at the University of Essex for further details.
The University is committed to undertaking high quality research in an environment of high standards of research integrity, governance, and good practice. We seek to operate an open research environment, enabling access to, and sharing and replication of, our research. The University is committed to disseminating its research and scholarship as widely as possible to contribute to society as well as to academic advancement. Read our Open Research Position Statement for further details.