Research governance

Research and governance

We’re committed to undertaking high-quality research through strict standards of research integrity and governance to help facilitate rigorous evidence-based practice.

Our research governance sets these standards, enhancing ethical and scientific quality and good practice. We seek to operate an open research environment, enabling access to, sharing and replication of our research to ensure maximum value.

Research ethics

Our research ethics are informed by the worldwide set of principles set out in our Code of Research Practice, governing the way our researchers interact with their subjects and data, as well as how they manage the research process.

Ethics Committee

This is overseen by our Ethics Committee, which exists to safeguard the rights, safety, dignity and wellbeing of research participants – people and animals. They will review research proposals and decide whether the research is ethical and therefore can be undertaken. If it isn’t, they will suggest amendments.

Research sponsors

Our committees will always be independent of our research sponsors (the organisations responsible for the management and undertaking of the research), funders and the researchers themselves. This enables them to put the participants at the centre of their decision-making.

Research integrity

We expect everybody undertaking academic research with us to abide by our standards of rigour and integrity, as outlined in our Code of Research Practice. This will facilitate confidence in findings and adoption of recommendations in real-world practice.

Annual statement

Our annual statement on research integrity describes the steps we take to meet the principles of the UK Concordat for Research Integrity.

Research governance committees

Our Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee, Research Degree Committee and Ethics Committee provide the governance framework through which we deliver our commitment to research integrity.

Code of practice

Our Code of Research Practice is an essential reference tool to support our researchers and partners to conduct research of the highest quality.

View our Code of Research Practice


We welcome enquiries and feedback on our research, practice and code of practice.

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