Supporting research development at Keele University
26 February 2019
Research Ethics, Integrity and Governance: What is the difference?
Dr Simon Kolstoe - Senior Fellow & University Ethics Advisor (University of Portsmouth) and Chair of the Ministry of Defence Research Ethics Committe (MODREC)
Examining the role of Ethics, Integrity and Governance and how they relate to each other.
A culture of integrity is vital for society to trust research and researchers. If discoveries cannot be trusted there can be no innovation or impact, and no justification for funding. In 2014 the Nuffield Council on Bioethics published an influential report examining the culture of scientific research. The report concluded that while the virtues most people associate with research are "rigour, accuracy, originality, honesty and transparency", high levels of competition and limited resources create incentives for "poor quality research practices, less collaboration, and headline chasing". This report was one of the factors motivating a UK Science and Technology Select Committee (Commons) inquiry into research integrity.
Their reports (June & October 2018) concluded that more could be done to reduce misconduct and promote integrity. Recommendations included strengthening the Universities UK Concordat on Research Integrity, creating a national Research Integrity Committee, and increasing the powers of the Health Research Authority to regulate research (especially around Transparency).
This workshop will propose that "Good Research" has three important components: Ethics, Integrity and Governance. It will examine the role of each, how they relate to each other, and given upcoming changes who within the research environment should take responsibility.
Venue: Room 0.21, Dorothy Hodgkin Building, Keele University