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Ensuring Research Integrity and Effective Misconduct Investigations

further & higher education Training

09:15 - 16:15

Thursday 14 November 2019

Cavendish Conference Centre, Central London

 

The research community is already doing much to ensure research excellence in the UK. However, with growing internationalisation, REF 2021 on the horizon and the changing nature of research it is becoming increasingly important that research institutions make a further commitment to ensure research they are supporting is transparent, ethical and compliant. The purpose of the revised Concordat to Support Research Integrity is to provide clear guidance on how this can be achieved.

Join this training course to receive an update on the next steps in improving research integrity and implementing a culture of integrity in your institution. It will also provide you with the tools to respond to allegations of misconduct and lead the investigation in a professional, confidential and timely manner.

Learning Objectives:
  • Discover the next steps for improving research integrity –Concordat to Support Research Integrity and Research Excellence Framework 2021
  • Take away the knowledge on how to build a culture of integrity in your institution
  • Learn about the different forms misconduct can take and methods of detection
  • Find out how to deal with misconduct allegations and lead on the subsequent investigations
Confirmed:

Trainer

Nicole Palmer, Research Ethics & Governance Manager, Research Services, University of Kent

As lead for research ethics and governance at the University of Kent, Nicole is responsible for overseeing the University’s research ethics review procedures and ensuring all staff and student research is carried out in compliance with legal and policy requirements.  In this role, she is responsible for developing University policy and procedure on good practice and misconduct, and working to enhance the culture of research integrity at the University by providing advice, guidance and training to staff and students.

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Nicole Palmer

Research Ethics & Governance Officer, Research Services, University of Kent

As lead for research ethics and governance at the University of Kent, Nicole is responsible for overseeing the University’s research ethics review procedures and ensuring all staff and student research is carried out in compliance with legal and policy requirements.  In this role, she is responsible for developing University policy and procedure on good practice and misconduct, and working to enhance the culture of research integrity at the University by providing advice, guidance and training to staff and students.  Prior to joining the University, Nicole worked in a number of different roles including clinical governance and communications in the NHS.  She has an MA in Research Ethics (Keele) and has recently completed a PG Cert in Social Science Research Methods (Kent).  Alongside her professional role Nicole is currently studying part-time towards a PhD in Research Ethics and Integrity at the University of Kent.

Nicole is a founding member of the University of Kent Research Cluster: Applied Research Ethics & Integrity. https://www.kent.ac.uk/sspssr/research/clusters/areai.html

 

 

Anna Ramberg

Research Integrity Manager, City, University of London

As the Research Integrity Manager for City, University of London, Anna leads on development and implementation of policies and procedures to promote research integrity and ensure compliance with the Concordat to Support Research Integrity. As part of her role she develops and delivers training to staff and students on research integrity and ethics, including UK and international regulatory compliance and frameworks, application processes and procedures, and codes of practice in research.  Anna has represented City at conferences both in the UK and internationally. Anna is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Outside of work, she writes fiction (currently working on her second novel) and act as a mentor for aspiring writers.

09:15

Registration


09:45

Trainer’s Welcome & Introduction

Nicole Palmer, Research Ethics & Governance Manager, Research Services, University of Kent (CONFIRMED)


10:00

Outlining the Next Steps in Improving Research Integrity Across the UK Research Community

  • Overview of sector developments and update on research integrity in UK and the wider international research community
  • Discussing updates and next steps for the review of the Concordat to Support Research Integrity
  • Providing further information on the Research Excellence Framework 2021 and how it will support research integrity
  • Analysing what are the most recurring trends in problems with research integrity – analysing examples of misconduct in UK research


11:00

Morning Break


11:15

Building a Culture of Research Integrity within Your Own Organisation

  • Analysing strategies designed to embed a culture of integrity including ‘top down’ and ‘bottom up’ approaches
  • Establishing successful training and development programmes for researchers on preventing misconduct and applying research integrity
  • Discussing and celebrating examples of best practice from across the research community
  • How to embed research integrity in your organisation – developing an in-house programme


12:30

Lunch


13:30

Case Study: Developing Research Integrity Through the Commitments to the Concordat

  • Continuing the development of the institutional research integrity and research ethics agenda, including providing researchers with clear policies and procedures
  • Establishing appropriate training to foster good practice in research and to ensure those involved in research are aware of internal and external requirements
  • Creating a supportive environment and raising awareness
  • Establishing and implementing effective procedures for detecting and investigating misconduct
  • Demonstrating the commitment to meeting the requirements of the Research Integrity Concordat

Anna Ramberg, Research Integrity Manager, City, University of London (CONFIRMED)


14:15

Afternoon Break


14:30

Investigating Misconduct – Responsibilities and Recommendations

  • Defining misconduct – outlining what does and does not fall within the definition
  • Reporting concerns of research misconduct, examining options and assessing potential for informal resolution
  • Receiving a formal allegation of research misconduct, and discussing what happens next
  • Outlining the process for investigation of allegations of research misconduct, collection of evidence and timeframes
  • Dealing with appeals and analysing what penalties and corrective actions can be implemented within your organisation
  • Discussing confidentiality and safeguarding arrangements for those involved
  • Carrying out cross-institutional investigations and discussing challenges associated with such investigations


16:00

Feedback, Evaluation & Close

*Programme subject to change


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