As a high-performing research institution, we uphold the highest standards of research integrity within the framework of our policies and procedures.
The University Research Integrity Committee (URIC)
The University Research & Innovation Committee (UR&IC) – which has overall responsibility for research integrity at NTU – has delegated powers to the University Research Integrity Committee (URIC) to provide strategic oversight and leadership of research integrity and the ecosystem which supports it. You can find out more about the URIC’s Terms of Reference and Committee membership from the drop-down sections below.
URIC Terms of Reference
- To oversee and support the development, review and evaluation of robust research integrity policies, procedures and systems.
- To consider the implications for NTU of any changes in the research integrity policy and regulatory landscape.
- To identify and direct research integrity training resources and provision.
- To receive and consider annual reports from Research Ethics Committees (RECs) reporting to URIC.
- To promote good practice and identify opportunities to enhance a research culture underpinned by high standards of research integrity.
- To provide advice to RECs or individuals on matters of research integrity.
- To act as a point of arbitration on matters arising in RECs.
- To oversee an annual process of audit of research projects approved by RECs reporting to URIC.
- To produce the Annual Statement on Research Integrity for consideration and ratification by URC.
- Research Governance and Policy Manager (Chair)
- Chairs of NTU Research Ethics Committees reporting directly to URIC
- An external member from outside academia
- Doctoral School Manager
- Research Data Management Officer
- Research and Business Manager, John van Geest Cancer Research Centre
- A School Associate Dean for Research
- Research Governance and REF Coordinator (Secretariat)
All individuals involved in research in the name of University are expected to be aware of and uphold the standards required of them when conducting research. Allegations of unacceptable behaviour in the conduct of research by staff or students will be managed in a consistent, transparent, and equitable manner within the framework of our policies and procedures.
- For staff undertaking research at, or in the name of, the University any allegations of research misconduct are dealt with through the University’s Disciplinary Policy and Procedure.
- For research students undertaking research in the name of University, allegations of misconduct are dealt with through the University’s Academic Standards and Quality Handbook (Section 17D: University Procedure for Investigating Alleged Research Misconduct).
- For taught students at the University, allegations relating to research misconduct are dealt through the University’s Academic Standards and Quality Handbook (Section 17C: Academic Irregularities).
Annual Statement on Research Integrity
In line with the Concordat to support research integrity, a short statement on research integrity and misconduct is produced annually and presented to the University’s Academic Board and Board of Governors. The annual statement for 2019/2020 is published below, along with statements from previous years:
- Annual Statement on Research Integrity 2019/20
- Annual Statement on Research Integrity 2018/19
- Annual Statement on Research Integrity 2017/18
- Annual Statement on Research Integrity 2016/17
- Annual Statement on Research Integrity 2015/16
- Annual Statement on Research Integrity 2014/15
- Annual Statement on Research Integrity 2013/14
Code of Practice
Our Code of Practice for Research is relevant to all individuals involved in research in the name of the University irrespective of the discipline or field of research. The document outlines the principles of practice and conduct by which the University expects research to be carried out in the name of the University.
NTU is committed to protecting the rights, dignity, safety, and the privacy of research subjects; the wellbeing of animals; the environment; minimising the risks to the health and safety of researchers, as well as maintaining academic freedom. To ensure this commitment is realised, NTU operates a Research Ethics Policy and Procedure, which is applicable to all those conducting research within or on behalf of the University. This requires an ethical review of all research projects involving primary research with human beings or their data, irrespective of funding source.
Research ethics exist to promote high standards of behaviour in the conduct of research involving humans and animals through an awareness of relevant values, principles and rules. NTU’s research ethics seek to protect the interest of participants whilst facilitating research with legitimate social value, and to ensure the burdens and benefits of the research are fairly distributed.
Research Ethics Committees
Numerous Research Ethics Committees (RECs) currently exist at NTU to review and provide an ethics opinion on prospective research projects. Where a project requires review by an REC, no data collection should commence until a favourable opinion has been provided. However, even when a favourable ethics opinion has been received, researchers are encouraged to ensure other necessary governance agreements are in place before data collection begins. Failure to do so may constitute a breach of integrity.
Our RECs currently in operation at NTU can be found in the drop-down section below. These RECs review applications from staff and doctoral candidates. Information on RECs receiving applications from undergraduate and taught postgraduate students is provided below as well.
Schools of Business, Law and Social Sciences
Chair: Dr Imad El-Anis
Administrator: Annabel Cali
This committee accepts applications from staff and doctoral candidates based in Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Law School, and the School of Social Sciences including the Nottingham Institute of Education.
Schools of Art and Design, Arts and Humanities, and Architecture, Design and the Bult Environment
School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
Human Invasive Research
Chair: Professor Craig Sale
Administrator: Dianne Levey
This committee accepts applications from staff, doctoral candidates, postgraduate taught and undergraduate students from across the University who are undertaking research requiring invasive sample collection procedures.
School of Science and Technology Non-Invasive Human Research
Chair: Dr Ruth James
Administrator: Georgina Green-Stone
This committee accepts applications from staff, doctoral candidates, postgraduate taught and undergraduate students from the School of Science and Technology who are undertaking research which does not require invasive sample collection procedures. Applications from researchers in other Schools may, at the request of other REC chairs, be referred to the committee for review.
More about Research at NTU
Our Research Office oversees the development of research policies and strategy and ensures that our research meets the highest ethical standards
Support for researchers at NTU
Details about training support, Worktribe and other professional development opportunities for our researchers.