We are committed to the Concordat to support Research Integrity and fostering a culture and understanding of research integrity, through our policies, activities and actions.
The University of Southampton recognises the importance of undertaking activities with responsibility and integrity. The University's full statement for 2014-2015 contains comprehensive information on how we ensure research integrity across the University.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor has responsibility for overseeing the implementation of the Concordat to support Research Integrity. This includes responsibility for oversight of relevant policy, ethical review, researcher development of staff and doctoral researchers, governance of the management of research misconduct and research governance in general, with the support of the Research Integrity and Governance team in Research and Innovation Services.
The following groups and committees support the Pro-Vice-Chancellor on matters relating to research integrity:
The University has a number of academic lead groups, centres or initiatives which develop and support aspects of ethics, integrity and good research practices. These include the Health Ethics and Law group, Southampton Ethics Centre and Clinical Ethics and Law at Southampton. The Nuffield Council of Bioethics workshop on the “Culture of Scientific Research” was also hosted by the University.
Working across the sector and collaborating to support research methods, is another way in which the University works to uphold research integrity. We are the lead for the Administrative Data Research Centre England in collaboration with a number of universities. ADRC-E is developing policies, procedures and guidance at a national level for safe and effective use of administrative data, with specialisms in linking data and ensuring anonymity of data.
Our Research & Innovation Services department have also actively participated in the Russell Group Research Integrity Forum, which was established to share experiences and to develop best practice on research integrity.
The University has a number of policies and processes in place to meet the Concordat.
To ensure the University keeps abreast of best practice in matters related to the Concordat it has membership of a number of external bodies including:
Queries or concerns about research integrity or reports of research misconduct should be made through the Research Integrity & Governance Team.
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