Research excellence and integrity

At LSBU, research excellence and integrity are at the heart of what we do

Research excellence

Achieving high quality is a research priority for us. One way this is measured is through the national review of research carried out in UK universities by the UK funding councils, which is performed every six or seven years. The latest exercise was the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF2021).

The REF2021 results (published on 12 May 2022) showed that 68% of the research submitted by LSBU to REF was world leading or internationally excellent. This is a 14 percentage point rise from the last time REF results were published in 2014. LSBU submitted 199 research staff to REF2021, which is a 72% increase on the REF2014 figure.

All enquiries regarding REF at LSBU should be made to Karl Smith, Research Impact Manager and REF Coordinator

Research governance and integrity

Our research excellence is built on a firm foundation of governance and integrity. Research Governance aims to continuously improve standards and minimise unjustifiable variations in research practice. 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
  • finance

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.

When things go wrong, LSBU has a procedure to investigate cases of misconduct in research: Anyone wishing to raise concerns about the integrity of research being conducted should in the first instance contact their School's Dean.

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.

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 2,109 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.

Open Access

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.


Professor Peter Doyle - Head of the Research Office - is the main point of contact for research integrity.