This area of the website provides information and advice for staff and students on the policies and procedures for governing good research practice and for investigating and reporting misconduct in research.
Research governance ensures that all research, undertaken by both staff and students, is carried out to the highest standards.
All members of the University of Sunderland research community are expected to adhere to the highest professional standards of research integrity.
As a University, we are committed to ensuring that our researchers know and understand what is expected of them.
At the University of Sunderland we comply with the formal agreement or ‘concordat’ about standards and integrity in UK research. The concordat embodies commitments that will assure Government, the wider public and the international community that research in the UK continues to be underpinned by the highest standards or rigour and integrity.
Read more about the Research Integrity Concordat .
Research integrity is about honesty and transparency in how you conceive, conduct and report your research. You want to be fair and accurate in your presentation of interactions with peers, open about any (potential) conflicts of interest within your research and ensure your research participant is protected, maintaining their dignity and rights at all times.
We also operate strict policies and procedures and comply with relevant guidelines.
We comply with the formal agreement of the concordat concerning standards and integrity in research.
Read more about the University of Sunderland’s Research Code of Practice.
The University is fully committed to supporting and developing our research staff and adheres to the seven key principles of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers:
Read the full concordat.
In order to underline and reinforce our commitment to the Concordat and to ensure that we are adhering to, and applying the principles embodied therein, we have undertaken a full and comprehensive review of our processes and procedures with respect to our recruitment, support and development of researchers. This has included a gap analysis undertaken during the academic year 2012/13. Where it was felt that improvements could be made, these have been included within an Action Plan. Our actions are:
Two-year review process (2015)
The review group agreed the scope of the internal review, structure of the report and process for updating the action plan. The report will be received and considered by the University's Research and Innovation Committee and will continue to monitor progress throughout the duration of the action plan:
Four-year review process (2017)
A Research Concordat Steering Group was formed in 2013 to guide, monitor and review the implementation of the Action Plan. The group meets on an annual basis to assess and update the action plan and reports to the Research and Innovation Group, a sub-group of the Academic Board. The evaluation of the implementation plan including revised action plan is detailed below:
Since 2018, the University Staff Development Group has overseen responsibility for the delivery of the HR Excellence Action Plan. Reporting to the Research and Innovation Strategy Project Group and Operations Board, the University Staff Development Group oversees implementation of the University Staff Development Framework and includes representation from the research community. The Research and Innovation Strategy group review and monitor implementation of the delivery plan and is chaired by members of the University Executive. The year 6 review document and updated action plan is available via the links below.
The University is a signatory of the San Francisco Declaration of Research Assessment (DORA).
DORA is an international declaration on the responsible use of ‘metrics’ or research indicators. It’s principles are:
The University of Sunderland supports a dynamic research environment, we recognise that sector leading, applied research will be adaptive, agile enough to respond to the demands of a changing world and always focussing on areas of need. We ensure equality and diversity is embedded in all aspects of our research practice, support and recognition, measured against benchmarks. We feel that the mission of DORA strongly aligns with our own.
Having signed DORA the University will now work toward fully implementing its principles.
Throughout 2020-21 we will review our existing practices, provide education to members of staff and create a responsible metrics policy to underpin all our research assessment considerations.