Research Integrity means conducting research in a way that allows others to have confidence and trust in the methods and findings of the research. It relates to both the integrity of the research process and to the professional integrity of researchers. Core elements of research integrity (as set out in the UK Concordat to Support Research Integrity) are: honesty, rigour, transparency and open communication, care and respect, and accountability.
Research ethics is a key part of research integrity which aims to safeguard the interests and well-being of researchers, participants and others impacted by the research (whether human or non-human), as well the environment and wider society.
Research governance relates to the processes which underpin integrity and ethics, and compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements.
This page provides links to key policies and other information relating to research integrity, ethics and governance.
Durham University is a signatory to the Concordat on Openness in Animal Research. The linked pages provide information on animal research undertaken by the University.
Policy on Engagement of the Public in Research
Policy on Ethics in Research and Scholarship
Research Integrity Policy and Code of Good Practice
Research Publications Policy
Research Misconduct Policy
Responsible Use of Metrics Policy
Responsible Use of Metrics Statement
2022 Research Integrity Statement
2022 Research Integrity assurance report
2021 Research Integrity Statement
2021 Research Integrity assurance report
2020 Research Integrity Statement
2020 Research Integrity assurance report
2019 Research Integrity assurance report
2018 Research Integrity assurance report
2017 Research Integrity assurance report
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Colin Bain, has responsibility for overseeing Research Integrity within Durham University. Anyone wishing to raise a concern regarding matters of Research Integrity at the University should write in confidence to the PVC Research (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Enquiries regarding Research Integrity at the University can be sent to Catherine Brewer, Research Policy Adviser in Research and Innovation Services. Email email@example.com
Toolkits for our researchers (internal links)