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Research Integrity

World leading research quality remains at the heart of what St Andrews does, and we recognise that meeting this aim requires the highest standards of research integrity.

If researchers have any concerns relating to the integrity of any research with which they are involved, either directly or through third parties, they are encouraged to contact

Safeguarding good research practice

To support research integrity within the University, we have a 'Good Research Practice' policy that includes:

  • a statement defining good research practice;
  • the definition and identification of research misconduct; and
  • essential steps in making and handling allegations of research misconduct.

The policy and procedures contained within the document are currently under review. Comments and opinions are encouraged on this document (send to

Research Councils UK (RCUK) published guidance in 2013 (updated 2017) relating to good research practice. Universities UK published the Concordat to Support Research Integrity in 2012 (reviewed in 2016), which is a reference tool that provides principles and standards for researchers and research organisations.

Starting in 2016, the University publishes an annual statement on activity that has been undertaken to support and strengthen research integrity.

The policy on Good Academic Practice, which applies to students, defines academic misconduct and the process for making and handling allegations of such misconduct.


Contact: making enquiries, raising concerns or making a formal allegation

The University of St Andrews encourages individuals, including employees of the University, with questions or concerns about the research conduct of any individuals performing research under the auspices of our University to raise them. Further guidance is available at Appendix 6 of the 'Good Research Practice' policy.

The recommended and preferred first step is to get in contact with the senior member of staff with responsibility for overseeing research integrity:

Professor J. Derek Woollins FRSE FRSC CChem
Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation)
College Gate
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9AJ

Tel: (01334 46)2542

Although not the preferred route, individuals can get in contact in accordance with the University's Code on public interest disclosure ("Whistleblowing"); the designated recipient for information disclosed under this Code is the Convener of the Audit & Risk Committee of the University Court. For further details please see the relevant webpage.

Requirements associated with funding from the United States Public Health Services

Financial conflicts of interest

All researchers receiving this funding (including as a subrecipient) are bound by the relevant policy on financial conflicts of interest (FCOI), which can be found on this page.

Researchers applying for funding from, or funded by, the United States Public Health Services (e.g. NIH) must complete the following:

And pass the training certificate and disclosure form to, copying in your FAS and RBDC contacts.

Any allegations of research misconduct involving research supported by this funding must be reported to the Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation), as per the information above. The Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation) 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 (see Appendix 5 of the Good Research Practice policy).