Research Governance

Concordat to Support Research Integrity.

All research carried out at the University of South Wales is underpinned with common values of rigour, integrity and professionalism.

As required by HEFCW, the University complies fully with the Universities UK Concordat to Support Research Integrity. Supplied here are our annual statements on compliance:

• Statement 17/18

Frameworks for Good Research Practice are not limited to Universities UK and HEFCW. The USW subscribes to the UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO) Code of Practice for Research, and all Health Research conducted by the University must comply with the Framework for Health and Social Care Research (UK Government).  

The Pro Vice Chancellor for Research, as Chair of the University Research Ethics Committee is responsible for ensuring that the University's environment promotes and nurtures a commitment to research integrity, and that suitable processes are in place to deal with misconduct and for ensuring that the correct steps are taken to remedy any situations arising out of an investigation.

The Pro Vice Chancellor for Research is the first point of contact for all allegations of research misconduct, and for whistle-blowers or for any other person wishing to raise concerns about the integrity of research being conducted under the auspices of the University of South Wales.

The university also has a Whistle-blowing policy for staff which can be found HERE (login required). 

The university Research Misconduct Policy can be found HERE (login required).

USW Research Good Practice Code of Conduct

The University is committed to the following principles of good research practice. These are laid out in our USW Research Good Practice Code of Conduct document which stipulate:

• That our research is underpinned with common values of rigour and integrity

• That we nurture a research environment that supports research of the highest standards of rigour and integrity

• That our research and innovation activity complies with all ethical, legal and professional obligations

• That we use transparent, robust and fair processes to handle allegations of misconduct

• That we continue to monitor, and where necessary improve, the suitability and appropriateness of the mechanisms in place to provide assurances over the integrity of research

The University has robust mechanisms in place for dealing with allegations of academic misconduct, and clearly defined ethical approval process for staff and students. 

USW Research Governance Checklist

The University has published a checklist for researchers that helps walk them through Research Governance checks that need to be carried out before, during and after a study has completed. The checklist can be located HERE (login required).

Research Ethics Approval

Where required, all academic staff and students are required to apply for research ethics approval prior to any related activity taking place. All faculties have Faculty Research Ethics Committees and these are led by a Faculty Research Ethics Chair. The Research Ethics arrangements can be accessed HERE.(login required).

USW Training 
Training on research ethics and integrity is available for all academic staff, and research students. 

Research Related Policies

• Whistle – blowing

• Research Misconduct 

• Research Data Management

• Open Access

• Publication and Authorship

• PREVENT process(security related studies)

• Data Protection & General Data Protection Regulation (2018)