Research Integrity encompasses responsible conduct of research, training of researchers at all levels, research data management and management of research misconduct. UCC is committed to ensuring the highest standards of integrity in all aspects of research, founded on basic principles of good research practice to be observed by all researchers and research organisations.
UCC’s is part of the National Forum on Research Integrity. The Forum membership is drawn from research funders, research performing organisations and other relevant organisations. It is coordinated by the Irish Universities Association and is chaired by Anita R Maguire (Vice President for Research and Innovation UCC). http://www.iua.ie/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Terms-of-Reference-RI-National-Forum-April-2016.pdf
Ireland is close to the world’s top research performing nations, in terms of research quality and impact related to its size. The National Policy statement (2014) aims to commit the main organisations in Irish research to the highest standards of integrity in carrying out their research so that partners and other stakeholders, and the international research community may have full confidence in the Irish research system. The Policy Statement provides a gold standard for researchers in Ireland.
The newly revised UCC Code of Research Conduct (June 2016) provides a robust framework for the proper conduct of research and provides guidance for researchers on the standards expected at UCC. The Code captures the responsibilies of the University and the research community with respect to the conduct of research including; principles of good practice, ethical approval, competence, responsibility, integrity, rights and dignity of research participants, data management and dissemination.
New additions to the Code regarding procedures in the event of suspected research misconduct are of particular note, as are the role and responsibilies of the Research Integrity Officer (Section 10).
UCC subscribes to the UKRIO who are experts in the field of Research Integrity and provide access to essential resources and services. The UKRIO help institutions achieve high standards when managing challenges to research integrity and supports individuals faced with bad practice. UKRIO advice and guidance emphasises the good practice that runs across all research disciplines and all regulatory remits.