Bournemouth University (BU) recognises its responsibility to researchers and the wider community to ensure the highest standards of integrity and professionalism are observed in the conduct of research. This Code of Good Research Practice (henceforth referred to as the Code) provides guiding principles and standards of good practice in research across all subject disciplines and fields of study in the University. It requires all those undertaking and/or contributing to research to adhere to the highest standards of performance and ethical conduct, and embed good practice in all aspects of their work. They must operate honestly and openly in respect of their own actions and in response to the actions of others involved in research.
BU requires all staff (including PTHP), students and visiting faculty (henceforth referred to as researchers) involved in research to abide by the Code. Where any other individual who collaborates in research with BU staff and students is not bound by an equivalent Code through their employer or other organisation, the individual shall be expected to abide by the Code when working with the University unless otherwise agreed.
These principles of good practice underpin the University’s commitment to effective research governance, the pursuit of excellence and the highest quality research.
The Code draws on a number of sources of guidance and good practice available to the research sector in the UK and internationally, including:
- RCUK Policy and Guidelines on Governance of Good Research Practice, February 2013 (updated April 2017);
- The Concordat to Support Research Integrity, July 2012;
- UKRIO Code of Practice for Research: Promoting Good Practice and Preventing Misconduct
The Code and its implementation will be reviewed by the Research & Knowledge Exchange Office (RKEO) on an annual basis at the end of the academic year in consultation as appropriate with relevant individuals or groups and will be approved by the University Research & Knowledge Exchange Committee (URKEC). The review will take into account changes and recommendations from external research funders, Acts of Parliament and other regulations.
Failure to comply with the Code or any actions that may be deemed to constitute research misconduct, under the University’s 6M Research Misconduct: Policy and Procedure document may be grounds for instigating disciplinary proceedings.
The University recognises and protects the principle of academic freedom in its ordinances and the Code is not intended to restrict the academic freedom of staff. However, each member of staff is expected to exercise their academic freedom in a manner consistent with the Code.
BU Code of Good Research Practice is available here and includes sections on the following areas:
- PRINCIPLES OF GOOD PRACTICE IN RESEARCH
- LEADERSHIP & SUPERVISION
- RESEARCH DESIGN
- COLLABORATIVE WORKING & INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH
- RESEARCH ETHICS
- HEALTH & SAFETY
- RESEARCH DATA MANAGEMENT
- PUBLICATION, AUTHORSHIP & OPEN ACCESS
- PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT
- RESEARCH MISCONDUCT
- UKRIO RESEARCHER CHECKLIST