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Policies on research integrity and good research conduct

"research governance concerns the development of shared standards and mechanisms that permit the proper management and monitoring of research and, if necessary, allow sanctions to be brought in cases of research misconduct"
ESRC's Research Ethics Framework

We have overall responsibility for the governance of research within our University. Research governance mechanisms apply to research undertaken by all staff and students of the University whether it is externally or internally funded.

Research integrity is overseen by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research). The first point of contact for anyone wanting more information on matters of research integrity or wishing to raise concerns about the integrity of research being conducted under the auspices of the University of Essex is the Research Governance and Planning Manager.

University policies

All members of staff are expected to adhere to the highest professional standards of research integrity. If your research involves human participants, you must apply for approval before commencing your work.

University Compliance with the Concordat to Support Research Integrity

The University is required to make an annual declaration to HEFCE about its compliance with the Concordat to Support Research Integrity. The Concordat recommends that employers of research should ‘present a short annual statement to their own governing body that […] provides a high-level statement on any formal investigations of research misconduct that have been undertaken … To improve accountability, and provide assurances that measures being taken continue to support consistently high standards of research integrity, this statement should be made publicly available’.

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Please contact us for further information and advice about research integrity, research governance, and ethics.

Sarah Manning-Press

Research Governance and Planning Manager

Telephone 01206 873561