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Research governance the context richard bond assistant director and

Research Governance:

The Context

Richard Bond

Assistant Director and

Head of Research & Development

Research, Business and Innovation


Research governance the context richard bond assistant director and

  • Research Governance

  • What is it?

  • A process which seeks to safeguard standards in research, defines mechanisms to ensure standards and describes monitoring and assessment arrangements

  • Why?

  • To assure ethical and scientific quality

  • Promote good practice

  • Reduce adverse incidents and ensure lessons are learned

  • Prevent poor performance and misconduct

Research, Business and Innovation


Research governance the context richard bond assistant director and

  • Research Governance

  • What does it cover?

  • ethics

  • scientific quality

  • information issues

  • health, safety and employment

  • finance and insurance issues

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Research governance the context richard bond assistant director and

  • Research Governance

  • What does it cover?

  • Ethics – including

    • the dignity, rights, safety and well-being of participants

    • issues of informed consent

    • use of human tissues and organs

    • use of personal data etc

Research, Business and Innovation


Research governance the context richard bond assistant director and

  • Research Governance

  • What does it cover?

  • Scientific quality – including

    • assessment of quality eg peer review

    • appropriate use of research methods

    • avoiding duplication etc

Research, Business and Innovation


Research governance the context richard bond assistant director and

  • Research Governance

  • What does it cover?

  • Information issues – including

    • recording project information

    • access to results

    • publication and dissemination

    • data protection

    • intellectual property protection etc

Research, Business and Innovation


Research governance the context richard bond assistant director and

  • Research Governance

  • What does it cover?

  • Health, safety and employment – including

    • adherence to health & safety and employment law and institutional policies

  • Finance and insurance issues – including

    • financial probity

    • compensation arrangements

    • insurance arrangements

    • liability/negligence etc

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Research governance the context richard bond assistant director and

Research Governance at UWE

Pre 2004 – covered by general UWE general governance policies and procedures

April 2004 – Introduction of NHS Research Governance Framework

April 2004 – Introduction of RCUK Research Misconduct procedure requirement

Wider expectation that HEIS have Research Governance policies and procedures (including Ethics)

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Research governance the context richard bond assistant director and

Research Governance at UWE

Research Governance Task Group (2003/4) - Compliance with HNS Research Governance Framework (2004)

R&KE Committee - Code of Good Conduct (2007?)

Directorate – new University ethics policy (2007)

UREC – new University Research ethics policies and procedures (early 2008?)

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Research governance the context richard bond assistant director and

Research Governance

Research Misconduct

Based on deliberate deception and dishonesty

“Fabrication, falsification, plagiarism or deception in proposing, carrying out or reporting results of research and deliberate, dangerous or negligent deviation from accepted practice in carrying out research”.

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Research governance the context richard bond assistant director and

  • Research Misconduct

  • Includes –

  • failure to follow established protocols, if this results in unacceptable risk or harm to humans, other vertebrates or the environment

  • facilitating of misconduct in research by collusion in, or concealment of, such actions by others

  • intentional, unauthorised use, disclosure or removal of, or damage to, research-related property of another (including apparatus, writings, data, hardware, software etc)

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Research governance the context richard bond assistant director and

  • Research Misconduct

  • Does not include –

  • honest error

  • honest differences in the design, execution, interpretation or judgment in evaluating research methods or results

  • misconduct unrelated to the research process

  • poor research (unless this encompasses the intention to deceive)

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Research governance the context richard bond assistant director and

Personal liability - cover

Staff are generally protected as employees by the University’s insurance cover

Staff relationship with the institution as employees is covered by their Contract of Employment

Staff not covered if working in a private capacity (eg as private consultants or if they have entered a contract in a personal capacity)

Students should be covered if working under direct supervision of a member of staff

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Research governance the context richard bond assistant director and

Responsibilities

To comply with policies and codes eg research governance, ethics, research conduct etc

Sanctions

Disciplinary proceedings

Dismissal

Financial claim (in extremis)

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Research governance the context richard bond assistant director and

Research Governance

More information:

crigs.uwe.ac.uk/intranet/research/researchPolicy/governUWE.asp

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