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Research Ethics

Research Integrity

The University expects all researchers to abide by national, european and international standards of research integrity such as the UK universities Concordat to support research integrity (2012) and to comply with the ethical, legal and professional frameworks and standards required by statutory and regulatory authorities, and by employers and funders.

As a researcher, you should be aware of the qualities and commitments that are central to research integrity  ie

  • Excellence –aim to disseminate work of the highest quality.
  • Honesty   -  maintain open & honest professional standards.
  • Rigour - promote good research practice, emphasising integrity and rigour.
  • Accountability  - recognise that you are ultimately accountable to the general public and act accordingly. Comply with the University's guidelines and the legal / policy requirements that regulate your field of study.
  • Care and respect - ensure the dignity, rights, safety and wellbeing of all involved in research, avoiding unreasonable risk or harm.

5 top tips

  1. Make yourself aware of UK Universities Concordat to support research integrity and Vitae’s Ethical principles for research.
  2. Read and understand your obligations in respect of the Edinburgh Napier University Code of Practice on Research Integrity
  3. Have an early conversation with your supervisor, Principal Investigator and/or funder concerning ethics /ethical approval processes required for the research you are about to undertake.
  4. Use the UK RIO Checklist to ensure your research will adhere to good practice.
  5. Be aware of your ethical obligations during the scholarly communication process.