What is research misconduct?
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:
- Fabrication, including the creation of false data or other aspects of research, including documentation and participant consent.
- Falsification, including the inappropriate manipulation and/ or selection of data, imagery and/ or consents.
- Misrepresentation of data and/ or interests and/ or involvement and/ or qualifications, experience or credentials and/ or publication history.
- Plagiarism, including the general misappropriation or use of others’ ideas, intellectual property or work (written or otherwise), without acknowledgement or permission.
- Failure to follow required legal, regulatory or professional obligations or processes.
- Failure to declare actual or potential conflicts of interest to line manager or others as required.
- Failure to follow accepted procedures or to exercise due care in carrying out responsibilities for avoiding unreasonable risk or harm to humans, animals used in research or the environment.
- Any breach of data protection legislation or failure to follow accepted procedures or to exercise due care in carrying out responsibilities for the proper handling of privileged or private information on individuals or organisations collected during the research.
- Improper conduct in peer review (or equivalent) of research proposals, results, manuscripts or other processes.
- Intentional damage to, or removal of, the research-related property of another.
- Improper dealing with allegations of misconduct.
- Intentional non-compliance with the terms and conditions governing the award of external funding for research; the University’s policies and procedures relating to research, including accounting requirements, ethics, and health and safety regulations; or any other legal or ethical requirements for the conduct of research.
Allegations relating to the research undertake by University students will be investigated using the Academic Offences Procedures.
How to report research misconduct
Concerns regarding the conduct of the University’s research should be raised with the Registrar and Secretary, Bryn Morris via firstname.lastname@example.org