Strategy & environment

Research Integrity

Developed by Universities UK in collaboration with the funding and research councils, the Wellcome Trust and various government departments, the Concordat to Support Research Integrity provides a national framework for good research conduct and its governance.

The Concordat to Support Research Integrity sets out five commitments that all those involved with research should make and will provide assurances to government, the wider public and the international community that research in the UK continues to be underpinned by the highest standards of rigour and integrity:

  • Commitment 1: To maintain the highest standards of rigour and integrity in all aspects of research.
  • Commitment 2: To ensure that research is conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal, and professional frameworks, obligations and standards.
  • Commitment 3: To support a research environment that is underpinned by a culture of integrity and based on good governance, best practice and support for the development of researchers.
  • Commitment 4: To use transparent, robust and fair processes to deal with allegations of research misconduct should they arise.
  • Commitment 5: To work together to strengthen the integrity of research and to review progress regularly and openly.

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) fully supports these commitments and believes that the high level aspirations outlined in the Concordat provide us with an excellent framework to review and, where necessary, strengthen our current policies and procedures regarding research integrity.

UCLan's Code of Practice for the Investigation of Allegations of Research Malpractice


Ethical policy and strategy is discussed at the University Ethics Committee. University Ethics Committee – Terms of Reference.

School related matters are referred and dealt with via three committees:

  • BAHSS (Business, Arts, Humanities and Social Science)
  • PSYSOC (Psychology and Social Work)
  • STEMH (Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Health)

Read the Terms of Reference for these committees.

Important Documents:

For queries relating to the work of these committees please email

UCLan Principles for Teaching, Research, Consultancy, Knowledge Transfer and Related Activities

UCLan Code of Conduct for Research

UCLan Concerns Procedure

For any external queries relating to ethical practices, please email Emma Sandon-Hesketh, University Officer for Ethics, Research & Innovation Office

e-Ethics System

UCLan commitment to efficient, effective and consistent Ethical review is further demonstrated by its development of an e-Ethics System. The rationale for this development was essentially three fold:

  1. To remove waiting times for ethics approval
  2. To align with other approval systems; and
  3. To increase consistency and equity of ethics approval across the University.

The UCLan e-Ethics system was nominated for a Times Higher Outstanding ICT Initiative award in 2012.

Download a copy of the Ethics Packs for Research Degree Students. For Staff Research (including commercial or other projects) if you are unsure whether your project needs ethical approval, go to the Ethics Checklist - Document B within the Ethics Pack – and following the relevant instructions (otherwise use the link below to access a word version of the Ethics Application Form).

Access UCLan's ethics application process (including downloadable copies of the relevant forms) [UCLan Staff/ Student access only]