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Research Integrity

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 (PDF, 263 KB) policy 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 for academic year 2016 ‐ 17 (PDF, 152 KB)

Researchers can find additional guidance on good research conduct 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, PHS FCOI Policy (PDF, 471 KB).

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, 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,  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.


This is led by the Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation), who chairs the University’s Ethics and Research Integrity Assurance Group (EARIAG), which meets 2 times annually. The EARIAG comprises the Vice-Principal (Governance) and Convenor of UTREC, a General Council Assessor to Court and a Non-executive member of Court. The EARIAG reports to the Audit and Risk Committee of University Court.

This is led by the Senior Research Policy and Integrity Manager, who convenes a Research Integrity Working Group (RIWG), which meets 6 times annually. The RIWG comprises professional services staff from CAPOD, UTREC, AWEC, and academic representatives from Sciences and Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences. The RIWG reports to the EARIAG. Members of the RIWG attend other University committees/working groups, including the: Research Committee, Research Excellence Board, Research and Teaching Staff Forum, Open Research Steering Group, and HR Excellence in Research Award working group.


Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation)
Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2542

Senior Research Policy and Integrity Manager
Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2550

Related documents

Research integrity statements