Research governance

Research governance

Ethics. Safety. Good practice. Academic freedom. These are the pillars of the research that's being conducted here at the University of Hull.

Research governance is the framework of regulations, principles and standards of good practice that ensure a high quality of research. Our governance sets out the management of responsibilities and decision-making in relation to all aspects of research in the University. It applies to all members of staff and students that conduct or support research activities on behalf of the University.

At Hull, research governance is jointly managed by the University's Research Committee and Ethics Committee. It covers areas including research ethics, sponsorship, compliance (legal, regulatory and funder), licences and permits, and research practice.

Research governance aims to

  • ensure the safety of the participants and researchers involved;

  • ensure that research conducted is of high quality and of a high ethical standard;

  • consider ‘grey areas’ of questionable practice;

  • protect academic freedom;

  • clarify the expanding external governance of research;

  • monitor practice and performance.

For any enquiries or further information, please contact our research governance experts.

Ethics and Integrity

The University of Hull is internationally recognised for quality research. We are a member of UKRIO, and we are committed to generating robust and quality research supported by clear policies and guidance. The principles that the University upholds are defined in the Statement of Research Integrity, with the practical means to achieve this described in the Code of Good Research Practice and the Research Ethics Policy.

The University endorses the principles of the Concordat for Supporting Research Integrity. We thread the four core elements - honesty; rigour; transparency and communication; and care and respect - into every aspect of our research.

The University has a robust ethical review system delegated down from the University Ethics Committee to Faculty Ethics Committees. The Faculty Committees are supported by our institutional-level College of Reviewers, ensuring that each application is subject to appropriate scrutiny by the relevant members of staff. To support the continuation of high-quality and robust research, ethics and integrity training is available to staff and students.

For any enquiries regarding research integrity at the University, contact pvc-re@hull.ac.uk.

To report any concerns about research practices at the University, please contact registrar@hull.ac.uk. For further information about our whistleblowing policy, see here.

Concordats

Engaging the Public with Research

The concordat aims to create stronger ties with the public across all disciplines in the higher education sector. It sets out clear expectations for research organisations and, research managers, and supports researchers themselves to strengthen existing good practice in public engagement by ensuring that it’s valued, recognised and supported.

This will enhance the future of research to benefit the UK society and economy.

We commit to

  • ensuring the University has a strategic commitment to public engagement
  • ensuring that researchers are recognised and valued for their involvement with public engagement activities
  • ensuring that researchers are enabled to participate in public engagement activities through appropriate training, support and opportunities
  • undertaking regular reviews of researchers' and the wider research sector’s progress in fostering public engagement across the UK

What is public engagement?

The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement defines public engagement as

“The myriad of ways in which the activity and benefits of higher education and research can be shared with the public. Engagement is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening, with the goal of generating mutual benefit.”

The concordat describes the diversity of these activities to include

  • participating in festivals
  • working with museums/galleries/science centres and other cultural venues
  • creating opportunities for the public to inform the research questions being tackled
  • researchers and public working together to inform policy
  • presenting to the public (e.g. public lectures or talks)
  • involving the public as researchers (e.g. web-based experiments)
  • engaging with young people to inspire them about research (e.g. workshops in schools)
  • contributing to new media enabled discussion forums

Further information

Read the Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research

RCUK (Research Councils UK) support pages

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Supporting Research Integrity

The concordat sets out what is expected of researchers, their employers and the funders involved in research to ensure good practice and research of the highest standards. It was devised by the UK Government in collaboration with Universities UK and Wellcome Trust, with other key stakeholders.

We commit to

  • maintaining the highest standards of rigour and integrity in all aspects of research
  • ensuring that research is conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards
  • 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
  • using transparent, robust and fair processes to deal with allegations of research misconduct should they arise
  • working together to strengthen the integrity of research and to reviewing progress regularly and openly

Signatories

  • Department for Employment and Learning
  • Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)
  • Higher Education Funding Council for Wales
  • National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
  • Research Councils UK (RCUK)
  • Scottish Funding Council
  • Universities UK (UUK)
  • Wellcome Trust

Supporters

  • Academy of Medical Sciences
  • Association of Research Managers and Administrators
  • British Medical Journal
  • Council of University Classical Departments
  • CREST: Consortium for Research Excellence , Support and Training
  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Government Office for Science Medical Schools Council
  • Royal Musical Association
  • UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO)

Further information

Read the concordat to Support Research Integrity

Research action plan 2016-18

UKRIO (UK Research Integrity Office) concordat support

HEFCE concordat compliance support

Annual Statement of Research Integrity

For any enquiries or further information, please contact  our research governance experts.

Support the Career Development of Researchers

The concordat provides a clear set of principles for the future support and management of research careers and how to embed them into practice.

We commit to

  • recognising the importance of recruiting, selecting and retaining researchers with the highest potential to achieve excellence in research
  • recognising and valuing researchers as an essential part of their organisation's human resources and a key component of their overall strategy to develop and deliver world-class research
  • ensuring that researchers are equipped and supported to be adaptable and flexible in an increasingly diverse, mobile, global research environment
  • ensuring that the importance of researchers’ personal and career development, and lifelong learning, is clearly recognised and promoted at all stages of their career
  • encouraging individual researchers to share the responsibility for and need to proactively engage in their own personal and career development, and lifelong learning
  • ensuring that diversity and equality is promoted in all aspects of the recruitment and career management of researchers
  • undertaking regular and collective reviews of progress in strengthening the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK

HR Excellence in Research

The University of Hull has been recognised with a HR Excellence in Research badge for our commitment to supporting and developing our researchers.

HR Excellence in Research

Further information

Read the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

Action plans

2016-18: action plan

2014-15: action plan | updated action plan | commentary

2012: action plan | commentary

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