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 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 to the designated person ("Named Person") for the College of Science and Engineering, Professor Andy Mount (Chair of the CSE Research Ethics & Integrity Committee). The Named Person receives allegations of misconduct on behalf of the College and ensures that they are investigated appropriately. If you have an allegation of misconduct which you believe constitutes research misconduct according to the definition outlined above, and have read the full University Research Misconduct policy document so that you understand the process which will be followed in pursuing your allegation, then please submit your allegation to the College Named Person. The College procedures can be found here.
Within EPCC, as a first point of contact, you may also contact the Chair of the Research Ethics and Integrity Committee: Neil Chue Hong. Please note, this is not a requirement.
- EPCC Research Ethics, Integrity and Misconduct procedures (In our Staff Intranet - an EASE login is required to view this.)
- Research ethics & integrity in the College of Science & Engineering
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.