The University of Canberra is committed to promoting and ensuring the responsible conduct of research. This includes fostering an environment characterised by the following principles:
- Intellectual honesty in undertaking and reporting research;
- Respect for all participants in and subjects of research, including humans, animals and the environment;
- Accuracy in representing contributions to research;
- Collegiality and fairness in interactions, including communications and sharing of resources with other researchers; and
- Transparency in declaring conflicts of interest.
To that end, it is important that researchers and research students meet their obligations in maintaining high standards of responsible research and adhere to regulations and policies relating to the conduct of research.
Responsible Conduct of Research
The UC Responsible Conduct of Research Policy sets out the University of Canberra's guidelines on the responsible practice of research, and steps to be followed to deal with allegations regarding research misconduct. The policy applies to all members of the University community who are undertaking research. The policy is underpinned by the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research which provides guidance around:
- Management of research data and primary materials;
- Supervision of research trainees;
- Publication and dissemination of research findings;
- Peer review;
- Conflict of interest; and
- Collaborative research across institutions
Supporting Research Integrity
As part of its commitment to supporting high standards of research integrity, all members of the UC community are able to access discipline specific training modules that provide guidance on principles of robust research practices and advice on solving complex ethical and integrity issues that they may encounter. In addition, they are designed to ensure researchers fully understand their professional responsibilities.
Completion of the discipline-specific training modules is mandatory for all Higher Degree by Research students prior to confirmation of candidature as well as new, incoming academic staff.
The Research Integrity Modules are now available online to staff and students. Alternatively, training may be undertaken by means of a two hour face-to-face workshop that is offered on a regular basis as part of the UCRed programme. Following the online or face-to-face training, participants must complete the short online test (available in the Research Integrity Modules) and achieve a score of 80% or more to be deemed to have successfully completed the course.
Research Integrity Advisers
The University has appointed Advisers on Integrity in Research to guide UC staff and students/trainees who may have concerns about research conduct issues. This could include providing assistance in the interpretation of misconduct in research as detailed in the UC Responsible Conduct of Research Policy as well as the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, providing confidential advice in instances where staff or students/trainees are considering reporting research misconduct, and explaining options available in the event that an allegation of misconduct is to be pursued. The Advisers are not faculty or research institute specific, and staff and students are free to consult any of the Advisers.
Research Integrity Advisers:
- Professor Ross Thompson
- Professor Deborah Davis