The University defines research as:
"Any form of disciplined enquiry which aims to contribute towards a body of knowledge or theory".
In ensuring that the University achieves the highest standards of research governance, accountability and responsibility, the University seeks to conform to all relevant external research governance guidelines and codes of practice, including those issued by the various research councils.
The University expects the highest standards of integrity, quality and transparency to be adhered to by its researchers. Its Policy and Guidelines on Good Research Practice and related document, the Statement on the Handling of Allegations of Unacceptable Research Conduct (Appendix 3) indicate the standards of good practice required to be adopted by researchers throughout the University, and which are intended to satisfy the requirements of the various funding authorities and professional bodies.
Researchers are required to adhere to the highest levels of research ethics in accordance with the University’s Research Ethics Framework (Appendix 4) and also to conform to the research governance and ethics requirements set out by national and international regulatory and professional bodies (e.g. the NHS).
The University promotes and disseminates guidance on best practice in research governance and ethical review, through senior management and policies and procedures. Promotion of best practice in research governance is overseen by the Advisory Group for Research Ethics and Governance.