Home > News and blog > Concordat to support research integrity making progress

Concordat to support research integrity making progress

Concordat progress review

​​Universities UK has published today a progress report on the c​oncordat to support research integrity. The concordat, launched in July 2012, was established to help assure government, business, international partners and the public that they can continue to have confidence in the research produced in the UK.

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.”



  1. Today's report, The Concordat to Support Research Integrity – a progress report, is available to download

Key Contacts

Gareth Morgan

Gareth Morgan

Media Relations Manager
Universities UK

Clara Plackett

Clara Plackett

Press and Social Media Officer
Universities UK


How open and accessible is university research? – An update

27 October 2017
As Open Access Week draws to a close, Professor Adam Tickell analyses the university sector's recent activities and achievements in the field of open access.

Setting up the Office for Students: what's new?

19 October 2017
UUK's William Hammonds highlights key points for the higher education sector in the consulation for the new regulatory framework for the Office for Students.


Universities UK President conference speech: having policies and strategies in place to address harassment is not enough

8 November 2017
Professor Janet Beer, President of Universities UK, has said that all strategies designed to address harassment must be accompanied by activities to support cultural change in our universities.

Response to consultation on the Office for Students

19 October 2017
A statement from Janet Beer, President of Universities UK, in response to the consultation on the shape of the new Office for Students.