Universities UK developed the Concordat with the UK funding and research councils, the Wellcome Trust and a number of government departments. It was launched on 11 July 2012. All institutions eligible to receive HEFCE research funding are now required to comply with the Concordat. This was made a condition for receiving these funds from the start of the 2013/14 academic year.
The Concordat to Support Research Integrity provides a national framework for good research conduct and its governance. It sets out five commitments that all those involved with research should make and that will provide assurances to government, the wider public and the international community that research in the UK continues to be underpinned by the highest standards of rigour and integrity. UEL is fully committed to these principles which are:
Commitment 1: To maintain the highest standards of rigour and integrity in all aspects of research.
Commitment 2: To ensure that research is conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal, and professional frameworks, obligations and standards.
Commitment 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.
Commitment 4: To use transparent, timely, robust and fair processes to deal with allegations of research misconduct when they arise
Commitment 5: To work together to strengthen the integrity of research and to review progress regularly and openly.
Implementation of the Concordat’s principles at UEL
The University of East London believes that the high level aspirations outlined in the Concordat to Support Research Integrity provide us with an excellent framework to review and, where necessary, strengthen our current policies and procedures regarding research integrity.
Catherine Hitchens, Research Integrity and Ethics Manager: C.firstname.lastname@example.org, is the point of contact for research integrity matters and guidance at the University of East London.