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.

Research Integrity Annual Statements

UCLan’s Research Integrity Annual Statement 2016-17 (.docx ) 161kb

UCLan's Code of Practice for the Investigation of Allegations of Research Malpractice (.docx) 290kb


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.

Important Documents:

For queries relating to the work of these panels 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 University Officer for Ethics, Research Services

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 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]