Morning, Thursday, 11th October 2018
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This timely seminar examines the next steps for protecting research integrity in higher education - looking at ethics and best practice, reproducibility, the impact of the REF, and practical strategies for improving research integrity and governance.
It follows the recent report from the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee’s inquiry on research integrity, and delegates will discuss its recommendations, including:
- UKRI establishing a system to scrutinise the investigation of misconduct by research institutions; and
- Strengthening and updating the Concordat to support research integrity in relation to training, responding to allegations of misconduct, and the publication of ‘negative’ research results.
Overall, areas for discussion include:
- Latest evidence on the current state of research integrity and potential drivers of recent upward trends in misconduct and mistakes in publishing;
- The Concordat on research integrity - addressing the Select Committee’s challenges;
- Next steps for policy and practice in tackling the key challenges to research integrity including the ‘reproducibility crisis’ and ensuring high ethical standards;
- The role of the REF - both the impact of a ‘pressure to publish’ and the potential for the ‘Research Environment’ criteria to address integrity;
- for improving research governance at an institution-level;
- The impact on research integrity of the move to an ‘open data’ culture in academic publishing - and the preparedness of academics, institutions and publishers prepared; and
- effectiveness of existing regulations and whether further system-wide measures are needed.