Research Integrity

Everyone engaged with research has a duty to consider how their work impacts on society and on the wider research community. UCL seeks to ensure that all of its academic research is underpinned by the highest standards of rigour and integrity to maintain the continued trust and confidence in research, individual researchers, UCL as an institution and the research community as a whole.

It is a fundamental part of the training of research students to ensure that their research is conducted, and the results of the research disseminated, honestly, accurately and in accordance with best standards. Research integrity covers all stages of research lifecycle: planning your research, obtaining funding and all relevant approvals, managing your data throughout and how you deal with the data and any results after you have finished.

Supervisory Teams and other specialists at UCL assist students in gaining the knowledge and confidence needed for their particular project and future aspirations. All researchers need to keep up to date with the latest standards throughout their research careers.

Research Integrity at UCL

Integrity pyramid
Integrity pyramid. How different elements of integrity work within UCL.

UCL’s mission statement outlines our aspirations, what we want to achieve as an institution. UCL Statement on Research Integrity sets out the principles of integrity which provide the guiding values for all UCL researchers:

  • Honesty
  • Rigour
  • Transparency and open communication
  • Care and Respect
  • Personal responsibility

UCL Code of Conduct for Research provides out general expectations of those conducting research in the name of UCL in terms of the management of research and standards of behaviour and integrity. All researchers at UCL need to read and abide by the expectations they contain.

The Research Integrity website acts as UCL’s living Framework for Research Integrity and is a hub for all researchers providing guidance, support and training. Familiarise yourself with these pages.