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The concordat to support research integrity

Report page All those engaged with research have a duty to consider how the work they undertake, host or support impacts on the research community and on wider society.

This concordat helps to ensure that research produced by or in collaboration with the UK research community is underpinned by the highest standards of rigour and integrity.

Commitment to the principles set out in the concordat helps demonstrate to government, business, international partners and the public that they can continue to have confidence in the research produced by the UK research community. It provides assurances of the standards expected of all stakeholders, identifying five commitments that all those engaged with research should be able to make.

The research community is already doing much to ensure that the integrity of research and scholarship in the UK is beyond reproach. The concordat represents a chance to celebrate our achievements. But it must also be used as an opportunity to reflect on where we can improve.

Revised Concordat to Support Research Integrity: 2019 Consultation 

The signatories of the Concordat to Support Research Integrity would like to invite you to participate in a consultation on a revised version of the concordat.

The consultation will close on Friday 5th April 2019.

The consultation can be accessed here: https://uuk-surveys.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/research-integrity-concordat-consultation
Please note that we will only accept responses provided via this online platform.

To complete the consultation, you will need access to the following:

The context for this work: A report into research integrity published by the Commons Science and Technology Committee recognised the value of the concordat to support research integrity but concluded that the concordat to support research integrity should be tightened so that compliance can be more easily assessed, with a timetabled route-map to securing 100% compliance.

Since the publication of the report in July 2018, the signatories of the concordat have met to consider how to clarify the existing principles and commitments of the concordat.

A key weakness of the existing concordat is the sector’s inability to demonstrate that it has met the requirements of the  concordat. The  revised concordat makes expectations clearer and requires institutions to submit information to the secretariat. Going forward, implementation of the commitments will be monitored. The commitments of the concordat are intended to be proportionate, addressing legitimate concerns about transparency while recognising that universities are operating in an increasingly challenging environment. The commitments are suitable to a range of institutions of different sizes and level of resource.

The consultation focusses on whether the expectations set out in the concordat are clear and whether they are proportionate. Further information about the consultation is provided after you follow the link.

If you have any questions, please email Leonie Shanks: leonie.shanks@universitiesuk.ac.uk

The team

portrait of charlie coyte

Charlotte Coyte

Policy Analyst
Universities UK

Samuel Roseveare

Samuel Roseveare

Policy Manager
Universities UK

Leonie Shanks

Leonie Shanks

Policy Researcher
Universities UK


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