QMU is committed to maintaining the highest standards of research integrity and therefore complies with the Universities UK Concordat to Support Research Integrity. This concordat seeks to provide a comprehensive national framework for good research conduct and its governance.

The Concordat sets out five commitments, laying out expectations upon researchers and the institution. The Concordat will also provide assurances to government, the wider public and the international community that research in the UK continues to be underpinned by the highest standards of rigour and integrity. 

All researchers at QMU should be familiar with the principles found within the Concordat and take advantage of opportunities provided by QMU to further enhance and embed these skills into day-to-day teaching and research activities.

Research Councils UK (RCUK) published guidance in 2013 (updated 2017) relating to good research practice. Universities UK published the Concordat to Support Research Integrity in 2012 (reviewed in 2016), which is a reference tool that provides principles and standards for researchers and research organisations.

As supporters of the concordat to support research integrity, QMU is committed to:

  1. Maintaining the highest standards of rigour and integrity in all aspects of research
  2. Ensuring that research is conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards
  3. Supporting a research environment that is underpinned by a culture of integrity and based on good governance, best practice and support for the development of researchers
  4. Using transparent, robust and fair processes to deal with allegations of research misconduct should they arise
  5. Working together to strengthen the integrity of research and to reviewing progress regularly and openly

Named Institutional Contacts

The Concordat requires that a senior member of staff is identified to oversee research integrity and to act as the first point of contact for anyone wanting more information on matters of research integrity. That named person is Kim Stuart, Head of Research and KE Development kstuart@qmu.ac.uk

The Concordat requires a named point of contact or appropriate third party to act as confidential liaison for whistleblowers or any other person wishing to raise concerns about the integrity of research conducted under their auspices. That named person is Kim Stuart, Head of Research and KE Development kstuart@qmu.ac.uk

Research Code of Practice

QMU’s principal vehicle for managing compliance is its Research Code of Practice.

 Research Ethics Policy

In addition to managing research integrity issues QMU also has formal management structures, processes and procedures relating to other ethical issues in the research domain. These are set out in our Research ethics: regulations, procedures and guidelines (revised October 2010) which relate to such matters as Human Participants, Human Tissue, Children and Vulnerable Adults, etc.

See our: Annual High Level Statement on Compliance with the Concordat for Research Integrity 2017 

Research and Knowledge Exchange Development Unit

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Research and Knowledge Exchange Development Unit

Kim Stuart Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange Development Unit
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Vivian Rutherford Research and Knowledge Exchange Officer
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