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Research integrity

​​Universities UK has worked with funders of research, government departments and other stakeholders to develop the concordat to support research integrity. It sets out five commitments that all those involved with research should make.

The concordat provides assurances that the UK research community continues to ground its work in the highest standards of rigour and integrity. It makes a clear statement that research integrity is a primary concern of all those involved with research, and that the UK continues to have robust and effective processes in place for dealing with allegations of misconduct.

The importance of research integrity

High quality research and innovation is vital to our competitiveness in the global knowledge economy. UK research enjoys a global reputation for excellence, and our researchers and institutions punch above their weight. The research base is an asset to the nation.

If we are to maintain our position, we must be confident that our research continues to reflect the highest standards. We must also make sure that others share our confidence in the quality of UK research. The concordat is one way in which we are working to provide these assurances.


Please see the Publications section to download a copy of the 2012 concordat to support research integrity.

​Please also see the Publications section to download a copy of the 2016 progress report of the concordat to support research integrity.

Signatories of the concordat

Department for Employment and Learning 
Higher Education Funding Council for Wales 
National Institute for Health Research
Scottish Funding Council 
Universities UK 
Wellcome Trust

Supporters of the concordat

We welcome enquiries from new organisations that would like to recognise the concordat. For more information on how to join the supporters' network, please email info@universitiesuk.ac.uk

List of supporters:

Academy of Medical Sciences
Association of Research Managers and Administrators
British Medical Journal
British Psychological Society
Cancer Research UK
Committee on Publication Ethics
Council of University Classical Departments
CREST: Consortium for Research Excellence, Support and Training
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Government Office for Science
Improving Dispute Resolution Advisory Service for Further and Higher Education
Medical Schools Council
Royal Musical Association
UK Research Integrity Office


Response to UK government position on Brexit and EU research & innovation collaboration

6 September 2017
Universities UK responded today to the UK government’s position on continued collaboration in research and innovation with the EU as part of the Brexit process.

Concordat to support research integrity making progress

23 November 2016
Universities UK has published a progress report on the Concordat to support research integrity.


Lab research

UK research integrity – how to maintain the UK's reputation for high standards

13 July 2018
UUK’s Sam Roseveare explains how UUK is taking the lead to ensure UK research is carried out to the very highest standards.

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.

Research misconduct: how universities are addressing the issue

30 March 2017
Jamie Arrowsmith, Programme Manager at Universities UK, discusses the progress universities have made in addressing research misconduct.