It is expected that research is conducted responsibly, ethically, to the highest standards and in line with City’s Code for Good Practice in Research.
Both staff and students should feel able to raise any legitimate concerns relation to research conduct. If there are any reasons to suspect a breach of good practice or misconduct, this must be reported. The allegation will be investigated as per the Procedure for Dealing with Allegations of Breach of Good Practice or Research Misconduct.
Matters may be discussed orally with the appropriate person in the School (e.g. Associate Dean for Research and/or Head of Department) in the first instance, but it will be necessary to make a complaint in writing to the Named Person if the Complainant wish for an investigation to be instigated.
For information and advice (formal and informal) regarding research integrity matters please contact Research Integrity Manager, Anna Ramberg.
You can also bring concerns, comments and questions to your:
- School Senior Tutor for Research
- Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise
- Head of Department
- Research Centre Lead
- School Dean.
For formal complaints please e-mail the Vice-President (Research and Enterprise), Professor Andrew Jones.
Roles and Responsibilities
The Vice-President (Research and Enterprise) Professor Andrew Jones is the designated Named Person with regard to this the overall responsibility for ensuring the integrity of any proceedings under the Procedure for Dealing with Allegations of Breach of Good Practice or Research Misconduct.
The Named Person is responsible for:
- Receiving allegations of research misconduct
- Initiating the procedure, including undertaking the screening process
- Appointing the individual(s) to undertake the initial investigation (this would normally be the Associate Dean for Research and/or Head of Department)
- Appointing the Chair and panel members should the allegation require a formal investigation stage
- Maintaining records of the investigation
- Internal and external reporting on the investigation, including the outcome, as appropriate.
School Research Integrity Champions and Advisors
The Associate Deans for Research and Enterprise in each School are City’s Research Integrity Champions. They are responsible for:
- Ensuring that the School provides an environment that supports good research practices and generates quality researc
- Recommending areas of improvements and identifying training needs in relation to research integrity
- Raising awareness of research integrity within the School
- Ensuring that the research integrity principles are embedded in training and procedures and existing development opportunities.
The Advisors are [one in each department] … They are responsible for:
- Acting as an advocate for good practice in research locally
- Providing advice to staff and students on issues relation to research integrity, including potential breaches of good practice or misconduct
- Assisting in developing research integrity training relevant to the discipline
- Assisting in formulating policy and practice around good research practice and publication ethics.
In addition to the above, the Champions and Advisors are responsible for:
- Promoting good conduct and encourage consistency in research integrity related matters within the context of the relevant disciplines
- Ensuring that the principles and relevant standards are embedded in local guidance, training and procedures
- Ensuring that local advice is available to staff and students who are unsure about research conduct issues and may be considering whether to make an allegation.
Allegations of misconduct in research are rare but the University takes them very seriously. The University is committed to ensuring that allegations of misconduct in research are investigated with all possible thoroughness and vigour.