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Research integrity and ethics

Increased demands for greater public scrutiny and accountability necessitate all studies undergoing ethical approval. 

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Statement of governance 

De Montfort University (DMU) is committed to supporting and ensuring good research practice across the institution. This commitment  is being exercised through:

  • Compliance with Universities' UK Concordat to Support Research Integrity
  • The governance of research (involving appropriate ethical procedures for the approval of research projects)
  • The provision of research training for staff and students engaged in research
  • Fair and robust procedures for investigating research misconduct.

DMU is a member of the UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO) and the Association for Research Ethics (AfRE). The university acknowledges the existence of many codes of practice and certain laws that are used by professional bodies or which have been developed by organisations with a specific interest in research.

The ethical standards that operate at the university are intended to complement such codes of practice and legislation.    

Guidelines for good research practice

As a leading institution for research, DMU also recognises the need for research to be conducted with integrity at all levels and by everyone conducting research. The Guidelines for Good Research Practice provides the principles of practice and conduct by which the institution expects research to be carried out either at or in the name of the university. 

Within a framework of good governance and appropriate training, responsibility for the conduct of ethical research must ultimately lie with the researchers themselves.

When designing their research, researchers are expected to recognise the relevant ethical principles, to obtain appropriate ethical approval before commencing and to conduct research in accordance with good practice and ethical protocol.

For general information on research integrity and ethics contact Elizabeth Nolan the Head of Research Support in the Research Business and Innovation Directorate. Anyone who wishes to discuss research conduct issues should contact Professor John Young, Director of the Graduate School. Deputy Vice Chancellor  Professor Andy Collop is the senior officer responsible for research integrity at De Montfort University, he is the person to whom allegations should be made.

DMU's Research Integrity Annual Report 2015-2016 can be found here.

 
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