Developed by Universities UK with the national higher education funding councils, Research Councils UK, Wellcome Trust and government, the concordat set out five broad commitments that institutions and organisations in receipt of public funding for research should make.
The progress report looked at how the concordat has been implemented in universities and the impact it has had across the sector. The report demonstrates the engaged community that has developed around the concordat and highlights the excellent work being done in universities to create a strong and supportive culture around research integrity. The report recommends that the concordat approach is both effective and proportionate and should continue to be supported. However, there remains more work to be done on enhancing openness and transparency, and the report also recommends creating a Research Integrity Forum that will bring together stakeholders from across the UK research community to improve coordination and sustain progress and momentum.
Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive of Universities UK said: “UK research is a global success story, and our world-class universities lie at the heart of this. Our success can only be sustained if the public can have confidence in our research, and trust that our universities uphold the very highest standards of rigour and integrity at all times.
“This progress report shows how our universities have taken their responsibilities seriously, and provides insights in to how the concordat has been implemented across the sector. But there can be no complacency, and the report sets out clearly areas where further work is needed. It identifies ways for the research community to come together to ensure that the integrity of UK research remains a priority in the years ahead.”