Research excellence

Research England supports the continuation of a world-class, dynamic, responsive research base across the full academic spectrum within UK higher education. To do this, we draw on evidence of the wider higher education provider (HEP) system to inform our policy and funding interventions.

We monitor issues affecting the higher education sector to develop and implement approaches that drive increased effectiveness, efficiency and continuous improvement by incentivising good practice and enhancing performance. We encourage HEPs to: cultivate and implement an open research agenda; foster the development of early-career research talent; promote equality, diversity and inclusion; and broaden the skills of the next generation.

Supporting research integrity

Our support for research integrity is enshrined in the Concordat to Support Research Integrity, which was launched in 2012. The concordat outlines five important commitments that those engaged in research can make to help ensure that the highest standards of rigour and integrity are maintained. It also makes a clear statement about the responsibilities of researchers, employers and funders of research in maintaining high standards in research.

Commitment 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 in research should be able to make.

Five commitments that demonstrate research integrity

  1. maintaining the highest standards of rigour and integrity in all aspects of research
  2. ensuring that research is conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards
  3. supporting 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
  4. using transparent, robust and fair processes to deal with allegations of research misconduct should they arise
  5. working together to strengthen the integrity of research and to reviewing progress regularly and openly.

Read more on the Concordat to Support Research Integrity.

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