Good Practice in the Conduct of Academic Research

What does this mean at GCU?
  • The highest possible standards of honesty, confidentiality and care. Regardless of discipline or institution, researchers need to be honest in respect of their own actions in research and in their responses to the actions of other researchers. This applies to the whole range of research, including development of research proposals, experimental design, generating and analysing data, publishing results and acknowledging the direct and indirect contribution of colleagues, collaborators and others. All individuals in the University’s employment and all University students must refrain from plagiarism, piracy or the fabrication of results. The committing any of these actions is regarded as gross misconduct. 
  • A continuing endeavour to keep abreast of developments in the relevant subjects and disciplines, including their methodologies.
  • A critical approach to one’s own research results. An openness and responsiveness to reasoned criticism by colleagues.
  • Observance of the standards of practice and codes of conduct set out in guidelines published by funding bodies, scientific societies, government bodies, GCU and other relevant professional and statutory bodies, where appropriate.
  • Positive and fair leadership in contexts where work is carried out by teams. 
  • Integrity in applying for public or private sources of funding and probity in using the funds only for purposes for which they are given. 
  • The strict adherence to the best contemporary legal, administrative and ethical practices in research that involves human or animal subjects. 

Glasgow Caledonian is committed to working towards the establishment of the features of good practice listed above.

These pages have been adapted from the GCU code of good practice in research, the GCU research ethics booklet, and the BPS code of human research ethics.