The University considers institutional registration of research projects as essential to its achieving the highest standards of research governance. Registration of research facilitates quality assurance, monitoring, audit and reporting procedures, and ensures that a record of essential information is stored and can be retrieved when required.
As noted in the Standards and Expectations section, the University defines research as:
"Any form of disciplined enquiry which aims to contribute towards a body of knowledge or theory".
The University registers and retains records of all research applications for external funding channelled (and approved) through the University’s central sections, Research and Innovation (R&I) and Research Financial Services (RFS). This research grants database is managed by RFS and contains details of all applications regardless of whether an application for funding is or is not successful.
Other areas across the University operate local arrangements for registering unfunded research projects (for example, the Division of Applied Health Sciences). In addition to these, the University intends to register all unfunded research projects through the University’s new Research Information System - Pure, when it is fully enabled.