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.
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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
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.
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:
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
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 management, open access, copyright, bibliometric indicators and scholarly profiles (eg ORCID, Scopus). For information about the training sessions offered by the Team, see the Library Training webpage. Email email@example.com for one-to-one support or to arrange departmental training.
University of York has been a subscriber to the UK Research Integrity Office since 2017.
What is the UK Research Integrity Office?
The UK Research Integrity Office is an independent advisory body, offering support to the public, researchers, and organisations to further good practice in research. A registered charity, it was created in response to longstanding and growing concerns about the reliability of research.
UKRIO is the UK’s most experienced research integrity organisation. Since 2006, it has provided independent and expert support across all disciplines of research, from the arts and humanities to the life sciences. It works to enhance good research practice, address mistakes, questionable practices and fraud, and improve the culture and systems of UK research.
Research integrity is another name for ‘good research practice’. It’s the conduct of research in ways that promote trust and confidence in all aspects of the research process.
Research integrity covers all research and the whole lifecycle, from the initial idea and design of the project through the conduct of the research and its dissemination. It also covers making sure that environments and systems for research safeguard and enhance good research practice, rather than hinder it – often described as ‘research culture‘.
See here for more about research integrity.
What can UKRIO offer researchers?
Education – guidance and support through publications on research practice, training activities and a comprehensive events programme
Sharing best practice – clear and honest development for the research community through facilitated discussions about key issues, informing national and international initiatives, and working to improve research culture.
Expert guidance – confidential and expert advice and guidance, as a proactive service for both institutions and individual researchers, as well as in response to requests for assistance.
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.
- Identifying the appropriate route for ethical review (PDF , 235kb)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
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.
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).
The University has guidance on using social media for researchers. You may also find the following resources helpful:
University of York Research Integrity ForumDetails of the next Research Integrity Forum will follow once decided.
Research integrity and ethics
Further dates and information on booking can be found on the LMS (log-in required)
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Managing research data
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