Research Ethics & Integrity
All research conducted under the auspices of the University must be ethically sound and comply with all relevant standards for good research practice.
At Falmouth, this is considered integral to good research project design and not a separate activity. Ultimately, the responsibility for research integrity lies with the individual researchers concerned, but the University provides a supportive environment for this to happen. This is expressed in relevant governance, management and procedures, as well as the provision of training and awareness.
Falmouth acknowledges the existence of many codes of practice and certain laws that are used by professional bodies or which have been developed by organisations with a specific interest in research. The ethical and research integrity provisions made at the University are intended to assure such codes and legislation are observed and complemented. The University keeps a watching brief on developments in the area and specifically supports the following:
- The Concordat to Support Research Integrity (UniversitiesUK)
- Code of Practice for Research: Promoting good practice and preventing misconduct (UK Research Integrity Office)
- Policy and Code of Conduct on the Governance of Good Research Conduct (RCUK)
The University's key policies, procedures and guidelines relevant to this area are:
- Research Ethics Policy (currently under review)
- Research Ethics Guidance and Procedures
Case studies, guidance and procedures are available to staff on the Research & Innovation pages on the University intranet.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Professor Alan Murray, is responsible for ensuring that Falmouth University is compliant with all aspects of the Concordat to Support Research Integrity. If you have any concerns regarding the integrity of research being undertaken at Falmouth University, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) can be contacted via the Research & Development Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The University's Whistleblowing Policy outlines the policy and procedural framework of Falmouth University in respect of the reporting of concerns of wrongdoing in the public interest, and the investigation and management of such concerns. A copy of the policy can be found on the University's intranet page. Anyone wishing to disclose information relating to concerns about research related activities can contact the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Professor Alan Murray.