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The research community is already doing much to ensure research excellence in the UK. However, with growing internationalisation, REF 2021 on the horizon and the changing nature of research it is becoming increasingly important that research institutions make a further commitment to ensure research they are supporting is transparent, ethical and compliant. The purpose of the revised Concordat to Support Research Integrity is to provide clear guidance on how this can be achieved.
Join this training course to receive an update on the next steps in improving research integrity and implementing a culture of integrity in your institution. It will also provide you with the tools to respond to allegations of misconduct and lead the investigation in a professional, confidential and timely manner.
- Discover the next steps for improving research integrity –Concordat to Support Research Integrity and Research Excellence Framework 2021
- Take away the knowledge on how to build a culture of integrity in your institution
- Learn about the different forms misconduct can take and methods of detection
- Find out how to deal with misconduct allegations and lead on the subsequent investigations
Nicole Palmer, Research Ethics & Governance Officer, Research Services, University of Kent
As lead for research ethics and governance at the University of Kent, Nicole is responsible for overseeing the University’s research ethics review procedures and ensuring all staff and student research is carried out in compliance with legal and policy requirements. In this role, she is responsible for developing University policy and procedure on good practice and misconduct, and working to enhance the culture of research integrity at the University by providing advice, guidance and training to staff and students.
Chair’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives
Nicole Palmer, Research Ethics & Governance Officer, Research Services, University of Kent (CONFIRMED)
Outlining the Next Steps in Improving Research Integrity Across the UK Research Community
- Overview of sector developments and update on research integrity in UK and the wider international research community
- Discussing updates and next steps for the review of the Concordat to Support Research Integrity
- Providing further information on the Research Excellence Framework 2021 and how it will support research integrity
- Analysing what are the most recurring trends in problems with research integrity – analysing examples of misconduct in UK research
Building a Culture of Research Integrity within Your Own Organisation
- Analysing strategies designed to embed a culture of integrity including ‘top down’ and ‘bottom up’ approaches
- Establishing successful training and development programmes for researchers on preventing misconduct and applying research integrity
- Discussing and celebrating examples of best practice from across the research community
- How to embed research integrity in your organisation – developing an in-house programme
Case Study: Ensuring Research Integrity Through Meeting the Requirements of the Research Integrity Concordat
- Ensuring that the university provides researchers with a clear research integrity policy and a code of practice
- Providing sufficient training to make sure that all the everyone involved in research is aware of the internal and national research integrity policy and practice
- Ensuring that effective procedures are in place for detecting and investigating misconduct
- Demonstrating the commitment to and meeting the requirements of the Research Integrity Concordat
Investigating Misconduct – Responsibilities and Recommendations
- Defining misconduct – outlining what does and does not fall within the definition
- Reporting concerns of research misconduct, examining options and assessing potential for informal resolution
- Receiving a formal allegation of research misconduct, and discussing what happens next
- Outlining the process for investigation of allegations of research misconduct, collection of evidence and timeframes
- Dealing with appeals and analysing what penalties and corrective actions can be implemented within your organisation
- Discussing confidentiality and safeguarding arrangements for those involved
- Carrying out cross-institutional investigations and discussing challenges associated with such investigations
Feedback, Evaluation & Close
*Programme subject to change
Research Ethics & Governance Officer, Research Services, University of Kent
As lead for research ethics and governance at the University of Kent, Nicole is responsible for overseeing the University’s research ethics review procedures and ensuring all staff and student research is carried out in compliance with legal and policy requirements. In this role, she is responsible for developing University policy and procedure on good practice and misconduct, and working to enhance the culture of research integrity at the University by providing advice, guidance and training to staff and students. Prior to joining the University, Nicole worked in a number of different roles including clinical governance and communications in the NHS. She has an MA in Research Ethics (Keele) and has recently completed a PG Cert in Social Science Research Methods (Kent). Alongside her professional role Nicole is currently studying part-time towards a PhD in Research Ethics and Integrity at the University of Kent.
Nicole is a founding member of the University of Kent Research Cluster: Applied Research Ethics & Integrity. https://www.kent.ac.uk/sspssr/research/clusters/areai.html