Research Environment and Ethics
Roehampton University is committed to maintaining the highest standards of ethical performance within its research, practice and teaching. The Research Integrity and Ethics Committee, as a committee of Senate, is charged with ensuring that the University meets its obligations and observes best practice in this area.
Please find full information on Ethics policy and procedure on the webpages below:
- Making an Ethics Application
- Assessment Process
- Ethical Responsibilities
- Health and Safety Risk Assessment for Ethics Applications
- Ethics Contacts
- Ethics Forms and Guidelines
- Good Clinical Practice and Good Research Practice
- External Training and Useful Links
- Undergraduate/ MA/ MSc Students (please note that these applications and information should not be sent to the Ethics Officer)
For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Roehampton and the Concordat to Support Research Integrity
As a signatory of the Concordat to Support Research Integrity, the University of Roehampton is committed to maintaining the highest standards of rigour and integrity in all aspects of research. The UUK Concordat to Support Research Integrity provides a comprehensive national framework for good research conduct and its governance. We are committed to the following principles:
- Maintaining the highest standards of rigour and integrity in all aspects of research;
- Ensuring that research is conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards;
- Supporting 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;
- Using transparent, robust and fair processes to deal with allegations of research misconduct should they arise;
- Working together to strengthen the integrity of research and to review process regularly and openly.
Responsibility for commitment to these principles lies with the University as an employer, external organisations involved in our research such as funders, and individual researchers. The University promotes an organisational culture in which the highest standards of personal conduct are encouraged and expected, and ensures that research integrity is embedded in the research environment through leadership and supporting infrastructure. The University takes appropriate actions, in line with the relevant policies, in instances where there are allegations or discoveries of research misconduct or fraud.
Dr Richard Keogh, Associate Vice-Provost for Research and Knowledge Exchange, has responsibility for ensuring that the University of Roehampton meets its obligations and upholds the highest standards of research integrity and best practice.
Anyone who has any concerns or wishes to raise any issues in relation to research and its integrity at the University should contact the University Secretary. Further information can be found in the Public Interest Disclosure Policy.
Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and HR Excellence in Research Award
The Concordat sets out the expectations and responsibilities of researchers, their managers, employers and funders. It aims to increase the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK and to improve the quantity, quality and impact of research for the benefit of UK society and the economy.
The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers was first published in 2008. Following sector-wide consultation, the revised Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers was released in September 2019. The University of Roehampton is a signatory to the Concordat, and is committed to upholding its principles, which include:
- Environment and culture (excellent research requires a supportive and inclusive research culture);
- Employment (researchers are recruited, employed and managed under conditions that recognise and value their contributions);
- Professional and career development (professional and career development are integral to enabling researchers to develop their full potential)
You can read our Vice Chancellor's letter of commitment here.
The European Commission's HR Excellence in Research Award is made in recognition of a demonstrated commitment to the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. The University of Roehampton has developed an action plan as part of our current application for this Award. You can read the Action Plan here.