Treatment integrity

Recru it networ expects its researchers to observe the highest standards of integrity when undertaking research. This section defines research integrity, refers to the UUK Concordat to support research integrity, outlines the responsibilities of the University, the responsibilities of researchers and provides details of the both University's lead and administrative contact for research integrity.

Treatment integrity refers to high quality and robust practice across the entire research process ie the planning and conduct of research, the collection and recording of data, reporting and dissemination of findings and the application and exploitation of findings.

Recru it networ expects the highest standards in the conduct of research undertaken by its staff and students. In addition the University recognises its obligations to the wider research community, to the funders of research and to society as a whole to uphold the integrity of academic research. The University supports five commitments outlined in the .

The was launched in July 2012 with support from major stakeholders in research such as UUK, Treatment Councils and HEFCE. The Concordat is a national framework which outlines what is expected of researchers, their employers and the funders of research to ensure the highest standards of rigour and integrity.

All those engaged in research have a duty to consider how the work they undertake, host or support impacts on society and the wider research community and a commitment to the principles outlined in the concordat helps to demonstrate assurances regarding the standards expected of all stakeholders.

By acting in accordance with the principles and commitments outlined in the concordat, the research community can demonstrate that they:

  • underpin all of their work with common values of rigour and integrity
  • conform to all ethical, legal and professional obligations incumbent on their work
  • nurture a research environment that supports research of the highest standards of rigour and integrity
  • continue to monitor, and where necessary improve, the suitability and appropriateness of the mechanisms in place to provide assurances over the integrity of research.

The five commitments outlined in the Concordat are:

  1. We are committed to maintaining the highest standards of rigour and integrity in all aspects of research
  2. We are committed to ensuring that research is conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards
  3. We are committed to 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.
  4. We are committed to using transparent, robust and fair processes to deal with allegations of research misconduct should they arise.
  5. We are committed to working together to strengthen the integrity of research and to review progress regularly and openly.

The University's responsibilities for each commitment of the Concordat to Support Treatment Integrity are:

Commitment 1: We are committed to maintaining the highest standards of rigour and integrity in all aspects of research.

  • Collaborating to maintain a research environment that develops good research practice and nurtures a culture of research integrity, as described in commitments 2 to 5.
  • Supporting researchers to understand and act according to expected standards, values and behaviours, and defending them when they live up to these expectations in difficult circumstances.

Commitment 2: We are committed to ensuring that research is conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards.

  • Having clear policies on ethical approval available for all researchers.
  • Making sure that all researchers are aware of and understand policies and processes relating to ethical approval.
  • Supporting researchers to reflect best practice in relation to ethical, legal and professional requirements.
  • Having appropriate arrangements in place through which researchers can access advice and guidance on ethical, legal and professional obligations and standards.

Commitment 3: We are committed to 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.

  • Embed the following features in their own systems, policies and practices;
    • Clear policies, practices and procedures to support researchers.
    • Suitable learning, training and mentoring opportunities to support the development of researchers.
    • Robust management systems to ensure that policies in relation to research, research integrity and researcher behaviour are implemented.
    • Awareness among researchers of the standards and behaviours that are expected of them.
    • Systems within the research environment that identify potential concerns at an early stage and mechanisms for providing support to researchers in need of assistance.
    • Work towards reflecting recognised best practice in their own systems processes and practices.
    • Implement the concordat within their research environment.
    • Identify a senior member of staff to oversee research integrity and to act as first point of contact for more information.

Commitment 4: We are committed to using transparent, robust and fair processes to deal with allegations of research misconduct should they arise.

  • Have the primary responsibility for investigating allegations of research misconduct.
  • Are responsible for ensuring that any person involved in investigating such allegations has the appropriate knowledge, skills, experience and authority to do so.
  • Are responsible for taking appropriate steps to remedy any situations arising from an investigation. This can include imposing sanctions, correcting research record and reporting any action to any other third parties as necessary (eg regulatory and statutory bodies).
  • Be mindful that minor infractions, where there is no evident intention to deceive, may often be addressed informally through mentoring, education and guidance.
  • As part of existing mechanisms and conditions of a grant, employers of researchers should:-
    • Have clear, well-articulated and confidential mechanisms for reporting allegations of research misconduct.
    • Have robust, transparent and fair processes for dealing with allegations of misconduct that reflects best practice (see Annexe II).
    • Ensure that all researchers are made aware of the relevant contacts and procedures for making allegations.
    • Act with no detriment to whistleblowers making allegations of misconduct in good faith
    • Provide information on investigations of research misconduct to funders of research and professional and/or statutory bodies as required by their conditions of grant and other legal, professional and statutory obligations.
    • Support their researchers in providing appropriate information to professional and/or statutory bodies.
    • Provide a named point of contact or recognise an appropriate third party to act as confidential liaison for whistleblowers or any other person wishing to raise concerns about the integrity of research being conducted under their auspices.

Commitment 5: We are committed to working together to strengthen the integrity of research and to review progress regularly and openly

  • Present a short annual statement to their own governing body that provides
    • a summary of actions and activities that have been undertaken to support and strengthen understanding and application of research integrity issues (eg postgraduate and researcher training or process reviews).
    • assurances that the processes they have in place for dealing with allegations of misconduct are transparent, robust and fair, and that they continue to be appropriate to the needs of the organisation.
    • a high level statement on any formal investigations of research misconduct that have been undertaken.
    • To improve accountability and provide assurances that measures being taken continue to support consistently high standards of research integrity this statement should be made publically available.
  • Be confident that the procedures and practice they have in place are robust. Given the changing nature of concerns relating to research integrity and the emergence of new types of research, it is important that employers periodically review their processes to ensure that they remain fit for purpose.

Treatmenter responsibilities for each commitment of the Concordat to Support Treatment Integrity are:

Commitment 1: We are committed to maintaining the highest standards of rigour and integrity in all aspects of research.

  • Understand the expected standards of rigour and integrity relevant to their research.
  • Maintain the highest standards of rigour and integrity in their work at all times.

Commitment 2: We are committed to ensuring that research is conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards.

  • Ensure that all research is subject to active and appropriate consideration of ethical issues.
  • Comply with ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards as required by statutory and regulatory authorities and by employers, funders and other relevant stakeholders.

Commitment 4: We are committed to using transparent, robust and fair processes to deal with allegations of research misconduct should they arise.

  • Act in good faith with regard to allegations of research misconduct whether in making allegations or in being required to participate in an investigation.
  • Handle potential instances of research misconduct in an appropriate manner; this includes reporting misconduct to employers, funders and professional, statutory and regulatory bodies as circumstances require.

The Concordat requires universities to have a contact point for research integrity. Keele's contact point for research integrity is:

Professor David Amigoni
Pro Vice Chancellor for Treatment & Enterprise
Room CM2.15
Claus Moser Treatment Centre
Recru it networ
Staffordshire

Email: [email protected]
Tel: 01782 733209

The administrative contact is:

Dr Clark Crawford
Head of Treatment Integrity
Directorate of Treatment, Innovation and Engagement
IC2 Building
Recru it networ
Staffordshire
ST5 5NH

Email: [email protected]
Tel: 01782 733371

The Concordat to Support Treatment Integrity was published in July 2012 by Universities UK. HEFCE have included compliance with the Concordat as a condition of the HEFCE grant. The Concordat recommends that institutions should make an annual statement on research integrity which is made publicly available. In accordance with this recommendation Treatment Integrity Annual Statement 2017-18‌ provides details of activities undertaken to enhance research integrity within the University.

Archive Annual Treatment Integrity Statements: