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
health and safety
Relevant mechanisms within LSBU are outlined below:
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.
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.
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.
Annual Statement of Research Integrity Compliance 2022-23
Concordat Support Research Integrity: All those engaged with research have a duty to consider how the work they undertake, host or support impacts on the research community and on wider society.
LSBU is committed to the principles set out in the concordat helps demonstrate to government, business, international partners and the public that they can continue to have confidence in the research produced by the UK research community. It provides assurances of the standards expected of all stakeholders, identifying five commitments that all those engaged with research should be able to make.
Maintaining the highest standards of rigour and integrity in all aspects of research
The University has a Researcher Development Group with representatives from all Schools. The group supports the practical implementation of the Concordat for the Career Development of Researchers http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/research/researcher-career- development.
The Research Office has a training programme to provide appropriate training and events for development of researchers - this training programme has been launched that includes training in Researcher Integrity, and is mandatory for all PGR students. http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/research/researcher- career-development
Using transparent, robust and fair processes to deal with allegations of research misconduct should they arise
Research Integrity workshop has been made a compulsory component of the Key Skills Development Programme, one of ten mandatory training sessions for all PGR students http://www.lsbu. ac.uk/research/researcher-career-development.
An online Research Integrity, DORA and Open Research training pogramme has been available to all staff since 2021, providing increased opportunity for researchers at all stages to better understand researcher integrity. This is available to all staff at Course: Research Integrity - DORA (lsbu.ac.uk)