Governance and compliance: protecting yourself, your research and your university

Research is bound by significant governance expectations, responsible research practices and the need to comply with statutes and regulations. This module examines the policy and risk management context in which research operates and the resultant requirements for research practice.


This module considers responsible conduct in research and how you can take maximum advantage of your university's governance and compliance requirements to build research strength and leadership. It aims to give you an understanding of the trust placed in people and in institutions that conduct research. You will also gain an appreciation that robust research requires integrity embodied in a commitment to intellectual honesty and personal responsibility for one's action.

Learning outcomes

After completing this module you should be able to:

  • Locate and recognise the Codes of Conduct for Research that prescribe standards of work performance and ethical conduct expected of all persons engaged in research
  • Describe the situations where research requires approval by an ethics committee, safety committee or other regulatory committee or authority
  • Recognise the obligations to the university and community in undertaking publicly-funded and -sponsored research
  • Define what constitutes a failure to conduct research responsibly and major forms of misconduct
  • Identify key sources of information, advice and further education on specific issues relating to research conduct

Content overview

The module comprises the following topics:

  1. The research context
  2. Leading ethical research communities
  3. Grant holder responsibilities
  4. Research integrity
  5. Knowledge capture and preservation
  6. Other governance and compliance issues

Workshop details

There will be a 4-hour workshop associated with this module.

The first hour allows consideration of some high-profile cases for discussion.

The second 3-hour part of the workshop will cover the background and issues stemming from consideration of the scenarios proposed in many of the activities that are distributed through this module. These open-ended scenarios, with the common theme How would you choose and defend your point of view? are expected to lead to some interesting points of view and debate.


  • Dr Stephen Assinder, School of Medical Sciences, Chair of Human Ethics Committee
  • Dr Rebecca Halligan, Director Research Integrity, Research and Innovation




9.00am - 1.00pm

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