Research Integrity

Aston University is committed to the highest standards of research integrity and compliance with the Universities UK concordat to support research integrity.  

The Concordat has five main commitments:

  1. Commitment to maintaining the highest standards of rigour and integrity in all aspects of research. 
  2. Commitment to ensuring that research is conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards. 
  3. Commitment to supporting a research environment that is underpinned by a culture of integrity and based on good governance, best practice and support for the development of researchers. 
  4. Commitment to using transparent, robust and fair processes to deal with allegations of misconduct should they arise. 
  5. Commitment to working together to strengthen the integrity of research and reviewing progress regularly and openly. 

Research at Aston University is undertaken in accordance with its Research Integrity: Code of Conduct which:

  • Prescribes standards of work performance and conduct expected by all staff and students engaged in research at the University
  • Nurtures a research environment that supports research of the highest standards of rigour and integrity   
  • Uses transparent, robust and fair processes to handle allegations of misconduct 
  • Uses a continuous improvement process to monitor, and where necessary improve, the suitability and appropriateness of the mechanisms in place to provide assurances over the integrity of research 

The code and concordat apply to all fields of research and recognise the different responsibilities of: researchers; the University as their employer; and other bodies involved in the research process in each of its commitments. 

Policies underpinning the Research Integrity Code of Conduct:
Research integrity code of conduct
Code of Practice for dealing with allegations of research misconduct 
Speak up policy

Annual Research Integrity Statements 
Annual Research Integrity Statement 2017 

For any enquiries in relation to Research Integrity at Aston University, please contact:
Dr Nichola Seare
Chair of the Aston University Research Ethics Committee
0116 2583325