The Faculty Executive Board recently established a working group to examine current practices regarding research culture and integrity within Medicine Dentistry and Health (MDH) and if required to make recommendations for change. The group is composed of academic staff (clinical and Non clinical), Early Career Researchers, Postgraduate Research students and professional services staff.
Research organisations are under growing sector pressure to demonstrate that they promote a positive research culture. Government and research funders are increasingly issuing policies and concordats to promote activity in priority areas, with compliance assessed through various formal means.
For example, the Concordat to Support Research and Integrity (https://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/policy-and-analysis/reports/Documents/2019/the-concordat-to-support-research-integrity.pdf) seeks to provide a national framework for good research conduct and its governance.
As signatories to the concordat to support research integrity, we are committed to:
- Upholding the highest standards of rigour and integrity in all aspects of research;
- Ensuring that research is conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards;
- Supporting a research environment that is underpinned by a culture of integrity and based on good governance, best practice, and support for the development of researchers;
- Using transparent, timely, robust and fair processes to deal with allegations of research misconduct should they arise;
- Working together to strengthen the integrity of research and to review progress regularly and openly.
As signatories to the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers (https://www.vitae.ac.uk/policy/concordat/Download_Concordat_PDF), we are committed to:
- Ensure that all relevant staff are aware of the Concordat;
- Ensure that institutional policies and practices relevant to researchers are inclusive, equitable and transparent, and are well-communicated to researchers and their managers;
- Promote good mental health and wellbeing through, for example, the effective management of workloads and people, and effective policies and practice for tackling discrimination, bullying and harassment, including providing appropriate support for those reporting issues;
- Ensure that managers of researchers are effectively trained in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion, wellbeing and mental health;
- Ensure researchers and their managers are aware of, and act in accordance with, the highest standards of research integrity;
- Regularly review and report on the quality of the research environment and culture, including seeking feedback from researchers, and use the outcomes to improve institutional practices.
To help inform the work of the MDH working group we would be grateful if you could complete a short survey. The answers collected will be completely anonymous.
The survey will be open for 4 weeks closing Monday 19th July 2021