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.

Research Integrity Annual Statements


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

Applications for staff and postgraduate research students are referred and dealt with via three Ethics Review Panels:

  • 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 panels.

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught student projects are normally dealt with via School processes/committees. Faculty Ethics Committees have an oversight of the school ethics processes/committees.

For queries relating to the work of these panels please email

Important Documents:

For any external queries relating to ethical practices, please email University Officer for Ethics, Research Services

Ethics System

Please note, as part of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) requirements, where the university is working with the NHS / HRA:-

As a university we use personally-identifiable information to conduct research to improve health, care and services. As a publicly-funded organisation, we have to ensure that it is in the public interest when we use personally-identifiable information from people who have agreed to take part in research.  This means that when you agree to take part in a research study, we will use your data in the ways needed to conduct and analyse the research study. Your rights to access, change or move your information are limited, as we need to manage your information in specific ways in order for the research to be reliable and accurate. If you withdraw from the study, we will keep the information about you that we have already obtained. To safeguard your rights, we will use the minimum personally-identifiable information possible.

Health and care research should serve the public interest, which means that we have to demonstrate that our research serves the interests of society as a whole. We do this by following the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research.

If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you can contact our Data Protection Officer who will investigate the matter. If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are processing your personal data in a way that is not lawful you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

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 at our Policies and Regulations page, under 'Research Specific Policies'. 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]