|The results show a generally high level of awareness of research integrity across each discipline, providing a strong basis for future work.
||With the publication of the Concordat to support research integrity a Working Group was established to consider UCL's approach to compliance, focussing on both the short and long term. From January 2015 a dedicated post (Cultures of Integrity Co-ordinator) has been in place to develop and deliver a broad cultures of integrity initiative. A UCL Statement on Research Integrity was published setting out the standards expected of all those involved in research at UCL, as well as defining the UCL principles of integrity; honesty, rigour, transparency and open communication, care and respect.
A clear communications strategy for awareness raising is underway, including the creation of a dedicated research integrity website to bring together information from across UCL on all elements of research integrity, including ethical funding, research ethics and the relevant policies and guidelines, such as research data management, open access and conflicts of interests. Additional guidance has been written on areas such as overseas research and publication and authorship, and will continue to be written and published on other areas. Hard copy and digital literature on 'Understanding Research Integrity at UCL' is also available. All of this is equally directed at and available to Doctoral students across UCL.
Update Jan 2017
The website was published during 2015 and is continually updated. Additional guidance has been added on the Nagoya Protocol, and further guidance such as on sensitive research is planned. There is now an additional hardcopy 'business card' style quick reference guide available for staff and students to highlight what research integrity covers as well as what guidance can be found on the website. (www.ucl.ac.uk/research/integrity)
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OVPR has and continues to work with Faculties to encourage a discipline led approach to awareness raising activities, such as seminars, and supports a similar approach to the embedding of research integrity into all levels of teaching, starting from undergraduate level to enable a progressive learning approach based on a strong foundation. Examples of good practice will be highlighted with the potential for them to be used in other areas.
Update Jan 2017
A survey of faculty based research integrity activities in 2015-16 was undertaken which highlighted a wide range of actions and areas of good practice. A detailed summary of these has been provided in the Research Integrity Annual Statement 2015-16 which will be made publicly available on the research integrity website (due March 2017). In addition, examples of good practice will be followed-up over time to feed into other activities, including the creation of a framework for research integrity training for UCL (see below).
The following is a summary of some of the awareness raising activities that took place during 2015-16: -- the UCL Statement on Research Integrity and the principles of integrity have been embedded within UCL in a variety of ways, including as part of local discussions around research integrity (including at research planning and strategy meetings), within PhD supervision, and referenced within department and student handbooks. It has also been used as a starting point for local postgraduate researcher inductions (including use of the research integrity website). -- There are a number of staff across UCL, for example designated Research Integrity Champions, Chairs of local Research Ethics Committees, Ethics Co-ordinators, Faculty Graduate Tutors, Vice-Deans (Research) who provide guidance and advice on research integrity matters. Examples range from answering queries, creating local intranet resources and other communications, to providing statements around the significant of research integrity. -- Awareness raising activities ranged from discussions and interactive ethics and integrity 'Dilemma Game' sessions at faculty research away days, to discussions at staff and student research committees, departmental monthly meetings, informal discussions, supervision, and consideration of ways to improve communication for students, to discussions of discipline-focused dilemmas, through to the revision of ethical codes and the creation of local intranet or Moodle pages.
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OVPR is currently working with all areas of UCL, such as UCL Museums and Collections to bring together existing methods and resources and to generate new ways of awareness raising and teaching and to encourage engagement not only with the elements of research integrity, but with other disciplines and other areas of UCL. Again, good practice examples from this work will be highlighted for use in other areas.
Update Jan 2017
This work is continuing in a variety of ways and through different projects. A new course for PhD students entitled 'Introduction to Research Support & Integrity' was created for 2016-17 as part of the Doctoral Skill Development Programme. The workshop is open to postgraduate researchers across all disciplines and provides a broad view of research integrity and the culture of research integrity at UCL, as well as some of the elements of integrity including research data management, data protection, research ethics and open access.
The focus for the next academic year will be the creation of a framework for research integrity training that will provide a clear pathway for both staff and students in relation to training on research integrity generally, as well as the detailed elements of integrity. OVPR is part of the Integrity Training Working Group set up by the Research Degrees Committee and the framework will be part of the recommendations due to be presented in full this academic year.
Within the research ethics pilot that is currently underway, work is being done on embedding ethics and integrity training into taught courses and modules at a local level, as well as looking at protocols and guidance that can be used both across disciplines.
A research integrity video series has been filmed and is being edited. This series will act as one of the main awareness raising activities for staff and students. Five academic members of staff were involved, each representing different disciplines, including mathematics, law, geology, social science and physics.
|OVPR Research Integrity Team
Mr Andrew Cooper