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 (including appropriate ethical procedures for the approval of research projects and ongoing conduct, storage and publication of research with integrity)
- The provision of appropriate training for staff and students engaged in research
- Fair and robust procedures for investigating research misconduct
The ethical standards that operate at the university complement existing codes of practice and legislation governing research councils, and other professional bodies engaged in research.
DMU is a member of the UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO) and as a signatory to the Concordat to Support Research Integrity, it is mandatory requirement that DMU publish an annual statement outlining:
- A summary of actions and activities undertaken to support and strengthen the understanding and implementation of research integrity
- Confirmation that we have provision for dealing with allegations of misconduct and that all procedures follow a transparent, robust and fair process
- Details of any formal investigations of research misconduct and outcomes
Annual Statements on Research Integrity:
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 Donna Bentley, Research Governance Manager. Vice Chancellor, Professor Katie Normington, is the senior officer responsible for research integrity at De Montfort University.