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Research Integrity and Ethics Support

Research Integrity and Ethics Training

Research integrity means conducting research in a way which allows others to have trust and confidence in the methods used and the findings of research. It refers to the behaviours and values of researchers that result in high quality, ethical and rigorous research.

To help support you in conducting research to the highest standards of integrity we have developed online resources in Minerva that will introduce you to the standards required, the procedures that need to be followed and the ethical considerations when undertaking your research at the University of Leeds.

The online resource has two sections:

  • Research Integrity involves planning, conducting and disseminating your research in accordance with the Concordat to Support Research Integrity, which sets out five fundamental commitments to support good research practice.  This resource gives you practical guidance to apply these principles and signposts to further resources to develop your practice.
  • Research Ethics covers key ethical principles, your responsibilities as a researcher and helps you consider the ethical implications of your research. The resource also highlights relevant University policy and guidance, including the ethical review process and how to write a good ethics application.

NEW UKRIO Research Integrity online training: For a limited time only 

The University of Leeds is a subscriber to the UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO) and has joined a national pilot of their NEW online training in research integrity.  

IMPORTANT: We have access to the materials for a limited time. If you would like to complete the training, you will need to ‘launch’ and start the course by clicking the SCORM link within our Minerva Organisation before Friday 7th June 2024.  You do not need to complete the entire course before this date, simply launch it for the first time to grant access to the materials for the next 12 months.  To access the materials, please request enrolment to our Research Integrity organisation in Minerva via THIS LINK, and you will receive an email with further instructions.  

For more information about research integrity and ethics at the University of Leeds, please visit the Secretariat ethics pages and Research and Innovation services website.

Key resources

Research Integrity and Ethics Training

Training in research integrity and research ethics is highly recommended for all staff, PGRs and students involved in, or supporting, research at Leeds.  The resources are self-paced and have been designed for you to revisit as and when you need to.  Click the link to enrol via the training catalogue, and once signed up, we will give you access to the courses via Minerva.

UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO)

The University of Leeds is a subscriber to the UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO), a registered charity that provides independent and expert support on good research practice. UKRIO supports the research community through a range of resources, events and an expert advisory service for all matters relating to research integrity and good research practice.

Further resources

Safeguarding in Research training: Safeguarding is the action taken to promote the welfare of people and protect them from harm.  When dealing with research projects this may include staff, students and collaborators, external partners, participants in research as well as their families/households, and communities involved in, or affected by, the research.  We have developed this safeguarding course for researchers to take you through the main considerations, and help you identify and mitigate, any risks.

Open Research embodies ideas of best research practice by increasing the transparency, rigour, honesty and accountability of the research process itself. It is about extending the principles of openness to the whole research cycle, from project design through to dissemination of outcomes.  Our institutional commitment to open research is outlined in the UoL Open Research Statement.

Inclusive Research online training: This free course is aimed at anyone with an interest in health research, inclusivity and the research lifecycle. To access the course you will need to register for NIHR Learn, and anyone employed by the NIHR, NHS or a UK university or other publicly funded organisation conducting and supporting clinical research can do so.

UK Collaborative on Development Research (UKCDR): A group of government departments and research funders working in international development. Their vision is to accelerate global development through the power of research and knowledge. To achieve this, they have generated useful resource hubs for Equitable partnerships, Research capacity strengthening and Safeguarding.