Westminster Higher Education Forum

Protecting research integrity: reproducibility, the impact of the REF and improving governance

Morning, Thursday, 11th October 2018

Central London


This timely seminar examines the next steps for protecting research integrity in higher education.

It follows the recent publication of the report from the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry on research integrity.

Delegates will consider the inquiry’s key findings which identified that progress to implement the Concordat to Support Research Integrity had been slow and recommended that UKRI establish a national committee to independently verify whether a research institution had followed appropriate process to investigate misconduct.

Those attending will also look at the upcoming response to the Committee’s report from the Concordat, in light of recommendations that signatories strengthen and update the Concordat in relation to training; processes for responding to allegations of misconduct; and the publication of ‘negative’ research results by making the requirements and expectations of higher education institutions clearer.

Planned sessions will also discuss the steps that might be taken to overcome issues around the reproducibility of research, as well as consider the impact of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) on the research environment and what might be done to avoid creating a ‘publish or perish’ culture.

Discussion will also take place on practical strategies for supporting research integrity and governance - including the potential use of open data.

Guest of Honour

James Parry

Chief Executive, UK Research Integrity Office

Guest of Honour

James Parry

Chief Executive, UK Research Integrity Office

Keynote Speaker

Dr Elaine Morley

Senior Policy Advisor, UK Research and Innovation


Baroness Young of Old Scone

Member, House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee

Rt Hon the Baroness Neville-Jones

Member, House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee


Dr Stephen Eglen

Reader in Computational Neuroscience, University of Cambridge and Member, Bullied Into Bad Science Campaign

Wouter Haak

Vice President, Research Data Management Solutions, Elsevier

Dr Stephanie Mathisen

Campaigns and Policy Officer, Sense about Science

Dr Richard Watermeyer

Reader, Department of Education, University of Bath

Iain Hrynaszkiewicz

Head of Data Publishing, Springer Nature

Professor Nick Plant

Dean, Research Quality and Impact, University of Leeds

Dr Daniel Hook

Chief Executive Officer, Digital Science

Dr Annie Gibney

Senior Research Portfolio Manager, Economic and Social Research Council

Samuel Roseveare

Policy Manager, Universities UK