Aims of the Framework
The aims of City’s Framework for Good Practice in Research are:
- to establish and promote a code of good practice in the conduct of all aspects of research whether this be funded, non-funded, team- or project-based or individually led
- to encourage members of City to maintain the highest achievable standards in their research conduct
- to ensure that the quality of research conducted by members of City is safeguarded and to document the procedure for investigating allegations of misconduct.
The document is aimed at the following:
a) All staff of City who are involved in research conduct. This includes:
- staff directly involved in carrying out research
- Deans of Schools, Associate Deans for Research, Senior Tutors for Research and Heads of Faculties/Department/Centres (or equivalent) who have responsibility for overseeing staff and student research activity within their areas
- staff responsible for supporting research activity
- School and Department research committees and institutional level committees responsible for overseeing staff and student research activity
- staff responsible for overseeing the research conduct of students (see below).
All members of City, and staff in particular, are expected to ensure that they, and others for whom they have responsibility, understand and adhere to the highest possible standards of research practice that could reasonably be expected of them.
b) All students registered with City who are involved in research conduct. This includes:
- research (e.g. practical research, projects, dissertations, theses) carried out by students studying at all levels on City courses
- contributions to other research activity carried out under the name of City (e.g. contributions to staff research activity, contributions to joint projects with other institutions or organisations).
City considers it essential for its students to have an understanding and appreciation of good research practice. It is also important that students are aware explicitly of what constitutes misconduct, how it is identified and investigated, and the action that might be taken should any instance be upheld. This clearly applies most compellingly for doctoral level students but is also important for students undertaking research within the context of a taught degree.
All students must therefore be advised of the existence of this document and strongly encouraged to familiarise themselves with it at departmental induction and via course handbooks.