April 21, 2022, by Lisa Chin

Research Integrity Week

20-24 June 2022

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Research Integrity is the professional commitment to conduct all research according to the appropriate legal, ethical and professional frameworks, obligations and standards. There are five core elements of research integrity: honesty, rigour, transparency and open communication, care and respect, and accountability.

Awareness of research integrity helps protect and value individual researchers, research participants and the research organisation and contributes to the quality and excellence of research. Researchers have a responsibility to ensure that all research is subject to appropriate consideration of professional, ethical, and legal issues.

The University of Nottingham is celebrating its commitment to ‘THE CONCORDAT TO SUPPORT RESEARCH INTEGRITY’ and its values through which trust and confidence in research stem, and from which the value and benefits of research flow.

As part of our commitment to strengthen the integrity of research carried out across the University, the University of Nottingham Research Integrity and Research Ethics Committee, have organised Research Integrity Week (w/c 20 June 2022) for the second year.

The Research Integrity Week intends to highlight many aspects, including ethical, where researchers will immensely benefit in delivering their research. We are inviting all members of staff and students to utilise this opportunity.

​​​​​​​To register for any of the sessions below please complete and submit this form.

*Please note that the session times are based on UK daylight saving.

**You will be required to request for access to the SharePoint folders so please do so accordingly.

Monday 20 June 2022

Introduction to the Code of Research Conduct and Research Ethics
10:30am – 1pm*

The University of Nottingham’s Code of Research Conduct and Research Ethics provides a comprehensive framework for good research conduct and the governance of all research carried out across the University, including the University’s international campuses. The Code underpins the University’s commitment to maintaining the highest standards of integrity, rigour and excellence in all aspects of our research and for all research to be conducted according to the appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks and standards.

The Code is a fundamental component of the research environment, which is characterised by our culture of research integrity, good research practice, and the development and training of researchers at all stages of their careers. The Code outlines the duty of researchers including their responsibilities towards all participants of research including humans, animals, the environment and cultural materials, and it provides a basis for the transparent and appropriate communication and dissemination of research findings.

Ali Alshukry, Head of Research Integrity will introduce researchers to the University’s Code of Research Conduct and Research Ethics and provide an overview of Research Integrity and what it entails.​​​​​​​

Tuesday 21 June 2022

a) Good research practice and a healthy research culture (UKRIO)
10am – 11.30am*

The standards for research seem to be fairly straightforward: be honest, take care of research participants, and don’t steal the work of others.

James Parry, Chief Executive of the UK Research Integrity Office will explore whether these assumptions are correct or if we need to think a bit more about what ethics and integrity mean for our research. What impact can ‘research culture’ – the environment and ethos of research organisations – have on the quality and ethical standards of research? Do incentives and competition improve the conduct of research or increase mistakes and other problems?

The session will look at the challenges involved in ensuring that research is high quality and of high ethical standards, discuss the pressures faced by researchers and explore what researchers and organisations can do to safeguard and enhance good research practice. Includes a Q&A session at the end.

b) Papers, Publications and Retractions
12pm – 1.30pm*

Dr Jessica Butler will explore academic research culture and how institutional rewards shape it. We will discuss questions such as: What type of research is rewarded in academic hiring and promotions? Do we value research that is very rigorous? How can we shape our rewards system to improve the quality of our research?

Dr Jessica Butler is the Co-Director and Lead Analyst for the Networked Data Lab with the Health Foundation at the Centre for Health Data Science at the University of Aberdeen. The Networked Data Lab is a five-site collaboration working to improve NHS & government analytics and share the resulting software & data. She is also the University of Aberdeen Lead for UK Reproducibility Network and is passionate about improving research culture to reward scientist for doing rigorous and useful science.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Wednesday 22 June 2022

a) Trusted Research
11am – 12pm*

Trusted Research** and Knowledge Exchange is concerned with security in international collaboration and ensuring your research and knowledge exchange activities are fully protected.

Trusted Research is applicable to anyone who has international collaborations but is particularly relevant to researchers in STEM subjects, dual-use technologies, emerging technologies and commercially sensitive research areas.

b) Gathering Research Data Online: Ethical Considerations
1pm – 2.30pm*

Internet Mediated Research covers a wide range of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods approaches to research involving, or about human participants. Dr Hewson, will explore ethical considerations and pitfalls around Internet Mediated Research and discuss research methods broader than the use of social media sites, e.g. online surveys, online published documents, webpages, etc.

Dr Claire Hewson; Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Chair of Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC), Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, School of Psychology & Counselling, The Open University. Dr Hewson was the convenor and editor for BPS guidelines on Ethics in Internet-mediated research (published November 2013, 2017, 2021). Also, see the recent relevant book Dr Hewson’s and colleagues have authored: “Internet Research Methods” https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/internet-research-methods/book237314 ​​​​​​​

Thursday 23 June 2022

Digital Research and Libraries supporting Research Integrity
12pm – 1.30pm*

Digital Research** and Libraries Research Support Team support you and your research at every stage; from grant applications, planning and costing your project, through collecting, storing and analysing your findings to publishing and archiving your research.

How you can request access to digital services, find guidance and tips for getting the most from digital technology, and contact for specialist expertise and support. Includes a Q&A session at the end.

Dr Beth Montague-Hellen

Beth is a Senior Research Librarian in the Libraries’ Research Support Team. Beth has an overall responsibility for Engineering & the Libraries’ Research Data Management Service.

Libraries’ Research Support Team

The Libraries’ Research Support Team can provide support though out the research lifecycle. Services particularly revolve around Research Data Management, Publishing and Open Access, and Systematic Review. We can also provide advice and guidance on copyright, use of metrics and sharing your research.

Jasper Donelan

Digital Research Specialist since 2019. I have a particular interest in using technology to support good data management practice. I also manage the University’s Research Data User Group as well as the Compute Service User Group.

Information about our team can be found here**, but generally we offer advice and guidance to all researchers looking to use digital technology as part of the research life cycle. We sporadically blog here, and colleagues can Twitter follow us on @UoNDigiResearch.

Friday 24 June 2022

Research Ethics and Big Data
10am – 11.30am*

Professor Brusic will explore the legal and ethical complexities of data safety and security with focus on UNNC and will highlight some of differences between UK and China regarding data management. He will also explore the Ethics of Big Data and Information in software development and health applications.

Professor Vladimir Brusic (University of Nottingham Ningbo, China) research expertise is interdisciplinary: bioinformatics, health informatics, mathematical modelling, predictive analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. He is a member of the University of Nottingham’s Research Integrity and Research Ethics Committee and leads the research ethics at UNNC, a section editor of journal PLoS ONE, an associate editor Frontiers in Immunology, and a member of the editorial board of Briefings in Bioinformatics.  He has served on funding review panels in USA, Europe, and several other countries.

To register for any of the sessions please complete and submit this form.

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