Research Ethics and Integrity

EPCC is a part of the University of Edinburgh, which has a commitment to promote and facilitate the conduct of ethical research. Attention to the ethical and legal implications of research for researchers, research subjects, sponsors and collaborators is an intrinsic part of good research practice.

To ensure the highest standards of research, EPCC implements the College of Science and Engineering research ethics framework, which adopts and embeds the UK Research Integrity Office's Code of Practice for Research and the Concordat to Support Research Integrity.

Research Ethics and Integrity

All staff and students engaged in research at EPCC should pursue research of the highest standards of quality, rigour and integrity, whilst exhibiting care and respect for colleagues, and all participants in, and subjects of, research. All appropriate ethical, legal and professional expectations and standards should be respected, and ethical scrutiny of research should be embedded in the research planning process. All staff and students are responsible for keeping their awareness of legal and ethical frameworks, and good research practice, up to date.

While the framework applies to any person who conducts research at the College, including research and teaching staff, undergraduate honours students, postgraduate students or visiting scholars and collaborators, it is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator (PI) or Supervisor to secure Ethics approval. Where students might bring forward their own research proposals, they will seek Ethics approval under the guidance of their supervisors.

Research Misconduct

Research Misconduct includes any of the following:

"Fabrication, falsification, plagiarism or deception in proposing, carrying out or reporting the results of research, as well as deliberate, dangerous or negligent deviation from accepted practice or agreed protocols

Allegations of research misconduct should be made in writing to the designated Research Misconduct contact (for EPCC, Neil Chue Hong as Ethics Officer). If the allegations concern the aforementioned parties, research misconduct can be reported to the Head of the College of Science and Engineering. All allegations of research misconduct will be treated in confidence and in accordance with the University's Research Misconduct Policy.

Further information


The key research ethics and integrity point of contact is the Chair of EPCC’s Research Ethics and Integrity Committee / Ethics Officer, currently Neil Chue Hong.

Contact details for Neil Chue Hong

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