Code of Practice for Research

The Concordat to support research integrity provides a comprehensive national framework for good research conduct and its governance. The Concordat has been developed by Universities UK in collaboration with the funding and research councils, the Welcome Trust and various government departments.

The Concordat's five commitments are:

  1. To maintain the highest standards of rigour and integrity in all aspects of research.
  2. To ensure that research is conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal, and professional frameworks, obligations and standards.
  3. To support a research environment that is underpinned by a culture of integrity and based on good governance, best practice and support for the development of researchers.
  4. To use transparent, robust and fair processes to deal with allegations of research misconduct should they arise.
  5. To work together to strengthen the integrity of research and to review progress regularly and openly.

The University of Huddersfield subscribes to the principles of the Concordat and is committed to excellence in all aspects of research.

The University’s Research Ethics & Integrity Committee is responsible for ensuring that the governance and policy context for the undertaking of research within the University is optimal (up-to-date with current legislation, ethically appropriate and fit-for-purpose).

The senior member of staff who oversees research integrity at the University and acts as the first point of contact for anyone wanting more information on matters of research integrity is Professor Andrew Ball (Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Enterprise).


Code of Practice for Research
Research Ethics and Integrity Policy
Research Ethics and Integrity Framework

Annual Integrity Reports

  2017-18 Research Integrity Annual Report
2016-17 Research Integrity Annual Report
2015-16 Research Integrity Annual Report
2014-15 Research Integrity Annual Report
2013-14 Academic Year Assurance Report

Research misconduct

There is a University procedure for Investigating Allegations of Misconduct in Researchas part of the wider University policies and procedures. This procedure follows UKRIO guidance.

The named person for receiving allegations of misconduct is Professor Tim Thornton (Deputy Vice Chancellor).

Research governance in schools

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