Research Integrity advisers

As a University researcher, you could benefit from talking to a Research Integrity Advisor (RIA) if you are:

  • Confused about what is, or isn’t, responsible research practice
  • Unsure about a research conduct issue
  • Uncomfortable talking about potential research misconduct with your supervisor
  • Considering whether or not you should make an allegation, and need some confidential advice on what could happen next

RIAs are a group of experienced academics from across the University with a broad range of knowledge about the areas of conduct that make up responsible research practice. Their roles are not discipline-specific and you can choose who to consult. The RIAs have research experience, wisdom, analytical skills, empathy, policy knowledge and familiarity with the accepted practices in research.

How RIAs can help you

If you have a burning question about responsible research practice, an RIA may be able to quickly and easily answer your question. If you are considering making an allegation of research misconduct, RIAs can explain your available options including:

  • To refer the matter directly to the person against whom the allegation is being made
  • To not proceed or withdraw the allegation if discussion resolves your concerns
  • To refer the allegation to a person in a supervisory capacity for resolution at the local level
  • To make an allegation of research misconduct in writing to the designated person.

It is important to understand that RIAs DO NOT investigate or assess the allegation, or make contact with the person who is the subject of the allegation.

Contacting an RIA

If you are a staff member or a student at the University of Sydney and you are involved in research, you can consult an RIA. View the current list of RIAs on the right of this page, or read their detailed profiles. You can email or phone the RIA of your choice and make an appointment to see them. RIA meetings are confidential.

In the past, RIAs have advised University research staff and students on issues such as authorship disputes, plagiarism, and conducting research without ethics approval. Some researchers just needed to talk about their questions or concerns, while others wanted advice about the allegation process.