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Research integrity: opportunities for support and training

Research integrity forum

Research integrity forum

Open to all staff and PGR students, these academic-led sessions provide an opportunity to discuss what constitutes good conduct of research with a particular focus on contentious areas. The sessions aim to raise awareness of core expectations and standards, encourage reflection and debate, and support colleagues in a practical way.

Where sessions take place over lunch time, lunch is provided. To register for a session and/or to join the Forum's mailing list, please contact the RSPO.

Resources from previous sessions:

Please contact Zoe Clarke, the Research Integrity Officer, if you have a suggestion for a session topic and/or would like to contribute to the Forum.

Training and courses

Training and courses

Research integrity considerations inform many of the courses provided centrally for researchers, including in relation to grant writing, publication, public engagement and impact. The following provision addresses research integrity and ethics as a specific topic:

For PGR students:

The University has developed an online Research Integrity Tutorial, designed as an introduction to the University’s principles, policies and procedures in relation to research integrity and ethics, and tailored to the specific needs of PGR students. Successful completion of the tutorial is a compulsory progression requirement for all PGR students.

The Research Integrity Tutorial is located in the Yorkshare VLE module list for all PGR students. A demo version is also available in the VLE for staff, so that PGR supervisors in particular can familiarise themselves with it. Please contact for further information.

For staff:

The Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) includes a core session on Ethics and Integrity in Academic Practice.

The Research Leaders and the Research Leaders: Supervisors’ Pathway programmes incorporate research integrity and ethics as a core element and include a more detailed workshop session on the topic as one of the options.

For all PGR students and research staff:

Research Integrity and Ethics

All those engaged with research are expected to maintain the highest standards, from initial conception and conduct of the research through to dissemination and application. They also have a duty to consider how the work they undertake, host or support impacts on the wider research community and on society as a whole.

‘Research integrity’ refers to high quality and robust practice across the full research process; it includes research ethics, which focuses specifically on the avoidance of harm. This session will consider how to apply the core elements of research integrity and ethics to planning, conducting and publishing research. In addition, this session will provide guidance on managing research data and advice on undertaking Data Protection compliant research. 

Objectives - By the end of this session staff and students will be able to:

  • Identify the core elements of research integrity and ethics
  • Apply the University guidelines and procedures relating to ethics and integrity including the process for ethical approval at York to your research
  • Engage with debates and discussion about research integrity scenarios
  • Identify common ethical issues that might arise in relation to  research
  • Recognise their obligations under the Data Protection Act and the soon to be introduced General Data Protection Regulation, and where to get additional support and guidance.  

Offered on the following dates:

Tuesday 11 February 2020, 10am - 1pm, SLB/108, Spring Lane Building

Monday 11 May 2020,​ 1.30pm - 4.30pm, H/G17, Heslington Hall

Further information and booking for students
Further information and booking for staff

Data Protection

The session will explore the relationship between data protection legislation and research, looking specifically at the issues of consent, determining the legal basis for processing data, drafting privacy notices, undertaking privacy impact assessments, embedding data protection by design and default and ensuring best practice in relation to data handling and information security. The course covers both the General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection Act 2018.

Objectives - By the end of the session, staff and students will better understand regulatory requirements and have the tools and knowledge needed to undertake data protection compliant research.

Offered on the following dates:

Thursday 14 November 2019, 10.30am - 12.30pm, PZA/021

Tuesday 21 April 2020, 10am - 12 noon, SLB/205

Book via SkillsForge or the staff Learning Management System.

The University’s Information Governance Officer and Acting Data Protection Officer provides support and guidance on all matters relating to data protection. Find out more about data protection.

The Library’s Research Support Team provides support and guidance on research data managementopen accesscopyright, bibliometric indicators and scholarly profiles (eg ORCID, Scopus). For information about the training sessions offered by the Team, see the Library Training webpage. Email for one-to-one support or to arrange departmental training.


UK Research Integrity Office

The University subscribes to the UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO) 

UKRIO is an independent charity, offering support to the public, researchers and organisations in relation to research integrity and ethics. Subscribers have access to:

  • publications on research practice
  • in-depth support and services for research employers
  • education and training activities
  • expert guidance in response to requests for assistance from individuals and organisations.

The last of these may be of particular interest to staff and students at York involved in research. UKRIO has a Register of Advisers it can draw on in responding to queries, including representatives of regulatory, funding or professional bodies, specialists in research ethics, and legal professionals. The service covers all subject areas, and enquiries are welcomed on general issues as well as specific projects or cases. All requests for advice are kept confidential.

There is a dedicated webpage for those seeking advice from UKRIO: you can fill out their web enquiry form or phone/email them direct using the general contact details at the bottom of the page.

Useful UKRIO resources

Ethics committee support

Support for Ethics committees

The University has a devolved structure for conducting ethical review and approval, compromising an overarching University Ethics committee and a number of local Research Ethics Committees. The resources below have been compiled to support the latter in their approach to ethical review.

Core Frameworks:

Data protection and GDPR

Data protection establishes key principles that govern the collection, use and handling of personal information and  provides individuals with important rights. The University sets out guidance on GDPR Compliant Research.

All Ethics Chairs have been issued with a standard GDPR compliant Participant Information Sheet. These templates have been amended by individual departments to better reflect departmental need and can be made available, on request, for reuse. For further information contact the Information Governance and Acting Data Protection Officer

There is a library of training resources, containing slide decks (and video recordings where available) for sessions provided by the Data Protection Office (sign-in required).

Payments to participants

Guidance for payments to people involved in research and similar studies is set out on page 31, section 11.17 of the University of York Financial Regulations.

Research data management

The University outlines good practice in research data management (RDM) and includes the Ethics of RDM and Storing Active Research Data.

There is a library of training resources, containing slide decks (and video recordings of training where available) for sessions provided by the Data Protection Office (sign-in required).

Social media

The University has guidance on using social media for researchers. You may also find the following resources helpful: 

Useful links

Animal Research Reporting in VIVO Experiments - ARRIVE

Animals Scientific Procedures Act 1986

Data Science Ethical Framework (UK Gov)

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Research Ethics Framework

Ethics and Research Integrity - UK Research and Innovation

Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource - Poor Settings

Institute of Business Ethics

Medical Research Council

Ministry of Defence Research Ethics Committee (MoDREC)

National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research

National Social Care Research Committee

Nuffield Council on Bioethics

Research Governance Framework for Health and Social Care

The International Compilation of Human Research Standards

UK Research Integrity Office Code of Practice

UKRIO Recommended Checklist for Researchers

UKRIO Webinars

University of York Guidance on Prevent Duty

UUK Oversight of Security-Sensitive Research Material in UK Universities

University of York Research Integrity Forum

Details of the next Research Integrity Forum will follow once decided.


Training courses

Research integrity and ethics

  • Thursday 10 February, 11am - 12.30pm, Zoom.
    Register by Tuesday 8 February, 11am

    Further dates and information on booking can be found on the LMS (log-in required)

Data protection

  • Date and Location TBC

Managing research data

  • Date and Location TBC