Research integrity and governance
The University of Surrey is proud to undertake excellent research to the highest level of integrity and ethical responsibility, working closely with its students, businesses, government and civil society to transition knowledge to the benefit of humanity.
Acting with integrity
Every member of the University is expected to act with integrity in their work, and this is endorsed in the code on good research practice (PDF) which provide a guide for all research throughout the University.
View all our research-related policies on the University of Surrey's policies page, including:
Concordat to support research integrity
We are committed to delivering the principles set out in the concordat to support research integrity (PDF), launched in 2012. As part of this commitment, the University maintains an action plan highlighting where improvements to existing process and training could be made.
Annual research integrity statement 2021/22 (PDF)
Previous published statements
Research Integrity and Governance Office (RIGO)
Research Integrity and Governance Office (RIGO)
Research and Innovation Services
- Phone: +44 (0)1483 683490 / 683890
- Fax: +44 (0)1483 683791.
Research integrity queries and allegations of research misconduct
Ethical review queries
We resolve to be an honest and ethical institution in the way we conduct our business and discharge our responsibilities. With the University aiming to promote and support an organisational culture in which high standards of personal and professional conduct in teaching and research are expected and achieved.
To that end, the University will oppose academic misconduct and will take appropriate and robust action in instances where misconduct or fraud is discovered. Research misconduct is such a serious matter, those responsible for staff and postgraduate research students conducting research have a particular duty to ensure that those new to research, or to the University, receive appropriate training in the ethical, legal and other conventions concerning the conduct of research.
The University seeks to sustain this approach by providing a research environment that fosters and supports honesty in research, and also discourages unacceptable behaviour, by dealing seriously and sensitively with all allegations of misconduct in research.
It is a condition of conducting research under the auspices of the University that practice conforms to the University’s code on good research practice (PDF). Our code of practice on handling allegations of research misconduct (PDF) describes Surrey's approach to identifying and managing misconduct.
Academic misconduct is defined as any breach of the University’s code on good research practice (PDF), or other practices that seriously deviate from those that are commonly accepted within the research communities for proposing, conducting and/or reporting research.
It specifically encompasses, but is not restricted to:
- Plagiarism – misrepresentation of the work, ideas and or concepts of others as one’s own without permission or acknowledgement
- Fabrication and/or misappropriation of data, including the creation of false data or other aspects of research, including documentation and participant consent
- Falsification including the inappropriate manipulation and/or selection of data, imagery and/or consents
- Misrepresentation of interests and/or data and/or involvement regarding, for example, qualifications and/or authorship
- Intentional mismanagement or inadequate preservation of data and/or primary materials
- Cheating or otherwise disclosing information with the intent of gaining for oneself or for another an unfair advantage
- Intentional damage to, or removal of, the research-related property of another
- Intentional non-compliance with legal, ethical and professional obligations, for example legal, ethical and other requirements for research involving human research participants, animal subjects, their tissue or data. This includes breaches in duty of care and data protection. It also covers improper peer review of research proposals, results or manuscripts for publication as well as failure to adhere to the terms and conditions governing the award of external funding for research or to the University’s policies and procedures relating to research. Improper dealing with allegations of misconduct: Failing to address possible infringements, such as attempts to cover up misconduct and reprisals against whistleblowers, or failing to adhere appropriately to agreed procedures in the investigation of alleged research misconduct accepted as a condition of funding.
Misconduct in research would not normally include professional/academic differences in interpretation or judgment of data.
For the avoidance of doubt, misconduct in research includes acts of omission as well as acts of commission.
In addition, the standards by which allegations of misconduct in research should be judged should be those prevailing at the date that the behaviour under investigation took place.
Allegations of academic misconduct concerning the actions of a member of staff of the University must be reported to an associate dean for research and innovation. Such allegations can be reported to any of the associate dean's, not necessarily of a particular faculty.
Allegations of misconduct regarding the actions of a postgraduate student must be reported to the Director of the Doctoral College.
In making an allegation of academic misconduct, please complete a written report detailing the nature of the suspected misconduct. The report should be made using the standard pro-forma (doc).
It is expected that, in normal circumstances, the individual reporting the suspected academic misconduct would be willing to be named and provide evidence. However, where an individual has reservations about reporting suspected academic misconduct directly, they may opt to do so through their head of department or line manager.
If the individual wishing to make the allegation is a postgraduate research student, then they may opt to report their suspicion through their supervisor, postgraduate research director or the Students’ Union.
The University of Surrey is a subscriber to the United Kingdom’s Research Integrity Office (UKRIO). UKRIO is an independent charity, offering support to the public, researchers and organisations to further good practice in academic, scientific and medical research. Visit the UKRIO website for more information.
If you would like to discuss or seek advice on research misconduct, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Governance of research
The Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation is responsible for leading the University’s research strategy and performance, providing leadership to the Universities Research Excellence Framework (REF) submission, and ambition to maximise income through grant awards and outcomes through impact and knowledge transfer activities.
To support the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Research and Innovation, each faculty has an appointed Associate Dean for Research (ADR), aligning the University and faculty approaches.
To drive research strategy forward, the University is facilitated by the University Research and Innovation Committee (URI) chaired by the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation.
The Committee has oversight of research strategies and policies and reviews the University’s performance against its research aims and objectives. It considers external and internal factors that will enhance or limit the University’s ability to deliver high quality research.
The Committee is supported by two sub-committees:
Research Integrity and Governance Committee
To ensure that research activity at the University of Surrey is carried out to the highest standards of rigour and integrity; and to provide strategic direction on the development, implementation and evaluation of the concordat to support research integrity.
Doctoral College Board
The Doctoral College Board is responsible for formulating policy and strategy that will support the Doctoral College in meeting its objectives. The Doctoral College Board will oversee key aspects of the postgraduate researcher and early career researcher experience with a particular focus on building a cohesive community and research environment, providing first class training, facilitating excellent supervision, and enhancing employability skills.
Who to contact
The Associate Deans for Research and Innovation and Director of the Doctoral College may be contacted with any issue related to research integrity, or to report a concern of research misconduct.
They are supported by the Research Integrity and Governance Committee and the Research Integrity and Governance Office (RIGO).
Professor Rachel Brooks
Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
I am currently Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean for Research and Innovation for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. I have previously held roles as Head of the Department of Sociology (2012-16) and Associate Dean for the Doctoral College (2017-19). I am editor-in-chief of Sociology, an executive editor of the British Journal of Sociology of Education, co-editor of the 'Research into Higher Education' book series, a member of Governing Council of the Society for Research into Higher Education, and a member of ESRC Council. I was also a member of the education sub-panel for REF 2021.
Professor Julie Yeomans
Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Professor Julie Yeomans is the Associate Dean, Research and Innovation, for the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Previously, she undertook a two-year secondment as the first academic Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), having been Head of the School of Mechanical Engineering Sciences and Director of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Centre for Doctoral Training in Micro- and NanoMaterials and Technologies.
She is a materials engineer specialising in ceramics and for the last thirty five years she has worked on a wide variety of ceramic and ceramic matrix composite systems, always with an interest in the microstructural characterisation of materials before and after fracture as a result of exposure to demanding environments such as those experienced in wear, thermal shock, joining and most recently ballistic and nuclear applications. In 2008, in recognition of her contribution to ceramics, she was awarded the Veralum Medal and Prize from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
Currently, Julie is a member of the EPSRC Strategic Advisory Network and the Strategic Facilities Advisory Board of the Henry Royce Institute, which is the result of a £235 million investment in materials research. Previously, she was the academic leader of the Materials and Manufacturing theme within the Advanced Materials Leadership Council, which ran from 2014-2016, to provide strategic advice to the Minister of State for Universities and Science. She has also served as an elected member of the Council of the Institute of Materials and an editor of the Journal of Materials Science.
Professor Daniel Horton
Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Dan graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Cambridge, UK, with an intercalated MA in zoology in 2002. After a period in mixed and second opinion exotic animal veterinary practice he completed an MSc in Wild Animal Health in London in 2005. He then undertook a PhD working at Cambridge University, the APHA and CDC Atlanta USA, on zoonotic viral diseases of wildlife.
He completed his PhD in 2009 and joined the Virology Department at APHA Weybridge, undertaking surveillance and research programs for viral diseases of wildlife. Since February 2014 he has been at the School of Veterinary Medicine as a Lecturer, promoted to Senior Lecturer, Reader and then Professor of Veterinary Virology, continuing research into zoonotic viral diseases and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is Associate Dean Research and Innovation for the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, an elected representative of Senate on the University Council, an Editor for PloS Neglected Tropical Diseases and a Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine.
The Academic Lead for Research Culture and Integrity seeks to develop and promote a positive culture of research integrity and improve research practice across the University, including acting as liaison with the UK Reproducibility Network, which investigates and safeguards the robustness of UK research.
Professor Emily Farran
Academic Lead for Research Culture and Integrity
I completed my PhD at the University of Bristol in 2001. I then took on a lectureship position at the University of Reading. I then moved to the UCL Institute of Education in 2008, before joining the University of Surrey in 2018. My research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, the Nuffield Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, the Education Endowment Fund, the Waterloo Foundation, Autour des Williams, the Williams Syndrome Foundation, and Fondation Jerome Lejeune.