Good research conduct
World leading research quality remains at the heart of what St Andrews does, and meeting this aim requires the highest standards of research integrity.
Policy and guidance
To support research integrity, the University has a Good Research Practice Policy (PDF) which includes:
- guidelines on good research practice
- a definition of research misconduct
- a description of the essential steps taken by the University in handling allegations of research misconduct
- guidance for those considering making an allegation of research misconduct relating to a researcher operating under the auspices of the University (Appendix 6).
The University publishes an annual statement on activity that has been undertaken to support and strengthen research integrity. See the Research Integrity Statement 2016-2017 (PDF) .
Researchers can find additional guidance on good research conduct from research funders and their professional organisations, for example:
Questions or concerns about research conduct
The University encourages individuals, including employees of the University, with questions or concerns about the research conduct of any individuals performing research under the auspices of the University to raise them.
The recommended and preferred first step is to get in contact with the senior member of staff with responsibility for overseeing research integrity:
Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation)
Professor J Derek Woollins
Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2542
Although not the preferred route, individuals can get in contact in accordance with the University's Code on Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblowing).
Financial conflicts of interest: funding from the United States Public Health Services
All researchers receiving funding from the United States Public Health Services (including as a subrecipient) are bound by the relevant financial conflict of interest policy (PDF) .
Researchers applying for funding from, or funded by, the United States Public Health Services (for example, NIH) must complete the following:
Researchers must submit the training certificate and disclosure form to email@example.com, copying in their RBDC (Research Business Development and Contracts) contact. Current staff can review the current list of RBDC contacts.
Any allegations of research misconduct involving research supported by this funding must be reported to the University (via email at firstname.lastname@example.org), who will then notify the United States Office of Research Integrity and work with them to ensure that the process for responding to the allegation of research misconduct is consistent with US federal regulations.
Oversight of research integrity activity
At an institutional level, oversight of research integrity activity is led by the Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation), who chairs the University’s Ethics and Research Integrity Assurance Group (EARIAG). This group meets twice annually and comprises:
- the Vice-Principal (Governance) and convenor of the University Teaching and Research Ethics Committee (UTREC)
- a General Council Assessor to Court
- a non-executive member of Court.
The EARIAG reports to the Audit and Risk Committee of University Court.
At an operational level, oversight of research integrity activity is led by the senior research policy and integrity manager, who convenes the Research Integrity Working Group (RIWG), which meets six times annually.
The RIWG comprises professional services staff from CAPOD, UTREC, AWEC, an academic representative from the Sciences, and an academic representative from Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. The RIWG reports to the EARIAG. Members of the RIWG attend other University committees and working groups, including the:
- Research Committee
- Research Excellence Board
- Research and Teaching Staff Forum
- Open Research Steering Group
- HR Excellence in Research Award working group.