Governance and integrityThe means by which organisations and individuals ensure the delivery of high quality research
The importance of Research Governance
Research Governance aims to continuously improve standards and minimise unjustifiable variations in research practice. London South Bank University (LSBU) adheres to the UK Research Integrity Office's Code of Practice for Research (2009) in pursuing good Research Governance by:
- setting the principles, requirements and standards of good practice in research in our organisation
- defining mechanisms by which our organisation and individuals address the standards and obligations for undertaking research
- improving research quality by providing a framework for the conduct of research which should enhance ethical and scientific quality; promote good practice in research; reduce adverse incidents; ensure lessons are learned and prevent poor performance and misconduct
Who it applies to
Research Governance applies to LSBU as an organisation that hosts research. It also extends to all of our staff who undertake or manage research and is applicable to bodies that fund research proposals or infrastructure.
It is the responsibility of individuals to ensure they are aware of the standards they are expected to adhere to and maintain in carrying out research to the highest standard.
What it covers
Research Governance at LSBU involves the following five domains:
- research integrity and scientific practice
- research ethics
- research information
- health and safety
Relevant mechanisms within LSBU are outlined below:
- Scientific Practice
- The University adheres to the seven principles of the Concordat for Research Integrity (2009) which requires all research to be carried out with: Excellence; Honesty; Integrity; Cooperation; Accountability; the development of Training and Skills; and Safety.
The University's policy on Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice sets out the principles of Good Scientific Practice; the structure and environment requirements for research; the education and training needs of researchers; handling of primary research data; responsibility for publication and matters relating to Integrity and Standards in Public Life.
Professor Peter Doyle, Head of the Research Office, is the main point of contact for research integrity matters.
The University’s Annual Statements on Research Integrity can be downloaded here:
- Research Ethics
- The University takes research ethics very seriously in order to both respect the dignity and rights of participants to ensure their safety and well-being, and to protect the reputation of the University.
All research at LSBU involving human participants requires Ethics clearance BEFORE any research is undertaken.
- How to obtain Research Ethics Clearance
- There are two levels of Research Ethics Clearance currently in operation at LSBU for research involving human participants. Apply to the University Ethics Panel (UEP) for MRes, PhD, Professional Doctorate and staff research that falls within the following categories:
- NHS sponsored research
- Research that addresses: terrorism and radicalisation; administration of substances altered at LSBU
- Research that requires additional insurance cover over and above the University standard
- Research that involves human tissue in any form
- Additional guidance
- In some cases, particularly those involving research in or with the NHS, approval from an NHS Research Ethics Committee must be obtained in advance of any work being carried out.
- External researchers wishing to involve LSBU staff and/or students must apply to the University Ethics Panel.
- Apply to the School Ethics Panel for Undergraduate research and taught Masters dissertation studies and, with the exception of applications falling into the categories outlined above, research by MRes, PhD and Professional Doctorate students and members of staff.
There are many aspects of research information but the most common are data protection, confidentiality and intellectual property.
- Data Protection
- The University's overarching Data Protection Policy, as agreed by the Policy and Resources Committee of the Board of Governors in July 2010, is available on our Data Protection web page.
- Confidentiality and security of information is essential. Data used for research purposes should be dealt with in accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998). Advice is given on our Data Protection web page.
There are also likely to be contractual requirements around confidentiality and the storage/security of information associated with individual research contracts that must be adhered to. Contact the Research, Enterprise and Innovation department via firstname.lastname@example.org if you need further guidance.
- Intellectual Property
- Consideration must be given to the appropriate protection and exploitation of any Intellectual Property Rights derived from research. For further information please contact Syeda Rahimunnessa on 020 7815 6910 or email email@example.com.
Here are some of the key issues/points relevant to research proposals and awards at LSBU:
- Research Proposals should set out the funding arrangements for the research. Costing of proposals must be made in consultation with Research, Enterprise and Innovation (REI).
- School approval is required for all externally-funded research applications
- Costs in relation to research projects must not be incurred until a fully signed contract is in place.
- Research Contracts can only be signed by a member of the University's Executive.
Responsible Use of Research Metrics
- LSBU issued its statement on the responsible use of research metrics in 2019 in Annex XIII of its REF 2021 Code of Practice (PDF File 2,926 KB) and is proud, since 2020, to be a signatory of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment. All research assessment using metrics at LSBU will be informed by the five dimensions articulated in the Metric Tide report - robustness, humility, transparency, diversity and reflexivity. In the evaluation of research, LSBU considers the value and impact of all research outputs (including datasets, software and the products of creative practice) and also, it considers a broad range of measures, including indicators of research impact.
As part of its commitment to widening the availability of academic research, LSBU has adopted the Open Access policy. This policy allows those without privileged access to academic publications to reach prestigious research findings for free. This way, important new sector knowledge can be shared further at no extra cost.
LSBU's Open Access policy includes LSBU's Research Open repository of academic research. Find out more about the University's Open Access policy.
Health and Safety
The Health and Safety of Participants, researchers and other staff must be given priority at all times. It is a legal requirement under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) that health and safety guidelines must be strictly observed.
Research is subject to the University's overall Health and Safety Policy and Procedures which is available to LSBU researchers on our staff intranet.
This includes guidance on matters that may relate to research, such as, lone working; risk assessment; accident and incident reporting; and Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH).
Good financial management and procedures are necessary to ensure financial probity and compliance with the law.
Information on Financial Regulations are provided for all LSBU staff in the Research section of the staff intranet. There, you'll also find a copy of LSBU's University Research Handbook.
Professor Peter Doyle - Head of the Research Office - is the main point of contact for research integrity.
Anyone wishing to raise concerns about the integrity of research being conducted should in the first instance contact their School's Dean.