Are you planning to do research in developing countries?

Then plan for the risks involved – to help ensure quality, excellence & maximise impact Post-BREXIT, the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) offers the promise of a really significant new chunk of research funding and, as the UK Gov. Department of Business Industry & Skills indicates below, GCRF funding is forecast to rise. GCRF is designed to support cutting-edge research … Read More

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Let’s better recognise and reward ‘team effort’ in research.

A healthy competitive research environment is an outward-facing, open, inclusive place. Of course, it’s a place where researchers are incredibly talented, with the energy, creativity and disciplinary or cross-disciplinary expertise needed to develop new knowledge and understanding of excellent quality, and where researchers undertake research rigorously and uphold expected standards of good practice. But something else is happening too. In … Read More

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Instances of unacceptable research practice

UK Universities need to re-double efforts to foster research integrity – further demonstrate the rigor of research outputs + safeguard reputation. The UK Government needs to be assured that institutions and individual researchers receiving publicly-funded research are upholding high standards of research integrity.   We also heard from Dr Phil Campbell, Editor-in-Chief of NATURE Publishing Group, on the pressures and perils that … Read More

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Show me data

Where is your data? How would you feel if somebody contacted you and asked to see it? Public access to research data is an initiative being driven forward by big research funders, influential societies and government. In essence the aim is to ensure transparency and reflect the right to access information through the Freedom of Information Act. Data Management Plans … Read More

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Upholding research standards in UK higher education: A workshop on 10th February organised by the Westminster Forum.

The public (and the taxpayer) expect to be reassured that research is being undertaken to high standards of practice. Against a climate of increasingly tight controls on UK Government spending the importance of research integrity continues to grow. We heard from Universities UK… The state of the HE sector’s compliance with the UK Research Integrity Concordat, published back in 2012, ... Read More
ad6resinUpholding research standards in UK higher education: A workshop on 10th February organised by the Westminster Forum.

“Much to be gained, many ways to get into trouble?” How we can get it right with collaborative research.

Workshop held on 20 January 2015, The University of Sheffield Professor Paul Martin (Sociological Studies) introduced the workshop by inviting us to think about collaboration in terms of a relationship type. Are interdisciplinary projects like an established marriage? Do we think of them more like a business contract? Can they operate more like a dysfunctional family? This provided an interesting ... Read More
ad6resin“Much to be gained, many ways to get into trouble?” How we can get it right with collaborative research.

Ethical Practice in producing Research Ethics Videos?!

  So, it sounds like an easy job: The University Research Ethics Committee (UREC) recommended the production of some new digital resources to promote the issues relating to Research Ethics within the University. In conjunction with the University Careers Service a high quality student with Digital Media skills had been appointed for a 100 hour ‘On Campus’ placement and we ... Read More
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Ipsos Mori Trust in Professions Survey published 5 January 2015

  The latest UK national public opinion from Ipsos Mori about who do people most trust (and not trust) shows that public trust in scientists not only remains high but has increased in recent years. Doctors and teachers top the poll. To see the findings go to: https://www.ipsos-mori.com/researchpublications/researcharchive/3504/Politicians-trusted-less-than-estate-agents-bankers-and-journalists.aspx Researchers are in a privileged position in society and the general public ... Read More
ad6resinIpsos Mori Trust in Professions Survey published 5 January 2015

Much to be gained, many ways to get into trouble?

On 20th January the University of Sheffield is running an event that will look at the ethical challenges that arise when undertaking collaborative research: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ris/other/gov-ethics/ethicspolicy/educationresources/collaboration   Smooth collaboration depends on strong relationships based on openness and trust and on open-mindedness, a willingness to understand others’ perspectives, disciplinary norms and ways of working. But collaborators also need to be able to agree on fundamental issues such as what constitutes acceptable … Read More

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The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has published a Report on the ‘Culture of Scientific Research in the UK’ (December 2014)

58% of survey respondents were aware of scientists feeling tempted or under pressure to compromise on research integrity and standards The University supported the project which led to this report. In June we hosted a workshop, and were one of 15 UK universities to do so. The project and its report are available from: http://nuffieldbioethics.org/project/research-culture/ report makes recommendations for universities … Read More

ad6resinThe Nuffield Council on Bioethics has published a Report on the ‘Culture of Scientific Research in the UK’ (December 2014)