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Research Integrity


Internal Courses

An Introduction to Research Integrity at Cambridge

This course will be delivered by the University’s Research Governance and Integrity Officer and will introduce researchers to research integrity and ethics at Cambridge. The course will:

  • explore the issue of research misconduct in academia and facilitate discussion of why and how it occurs
  • explain the recent research integrity agenda and examine how this effects researchers
  • discuss some of the challenges to the integrity of research and ask what individuals, groups and institutions can do to tackle them
  • introduce the University’s research ethics system
  • use case studies and discussion exercises to examine key issues

The course lasts two hours and his held twice per term. Departments and Faculties may also request that sessions be offered within the their Department or Faculty by contacting

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UK Research Integrity Office Research Integrity Workshop

Good practice in research: Authorship
19 December 2016, 14:00-15:30, Maxwell Centre, JJ Thomson/Rayleigh Seminar Rooms

How does authorship 'work' in your discipline? How should authorship be determined? Can a supervisor demand authorship on a publication coming out of a research degree? Is it ethical to exchange authorship favours with colleagues? In what circumstances will a paper be retracted from a journal?

In the first of a new series of research integrity workshops at Cambridge, James Parry, Chief Executive of the UK Research Integrity Office will explore what best practice should be and the way in which researchers at all levels can avoid authorship disputes and ensure published work is of the highest standard.

Using case studies and group discussion, this session will explore the ‘grey areas’ that researchers may face when trying to meet ethical standards for authorship and publication.  Discussions will include common issues and pitfalls, and you will be given the opportunity to share your experiences and perspectives.

Places are limited and will be provided on a first come-first served basis, to register please contact Dr Rhys Morgan, Research Governance and Integrity Officer (

External Courses

Health Research Authority Training Days

The Health Research Authority provides a comprehensive programme of training days many of which are open to researchers. These courses are primarily concerned with clinical research ethics and cover issues including: applying for ethical approval from an NHS REC; the Human Tissue Act; and research involving vulnerable groups. For details see the Human Research Authority website.

MRC Regulatory Support Centre

The MRC Regulatory Support Centre provides training on regulation, ethics and governance topics for MRC funded researchers. They will also tailor and deliver training in these topcis on request. For details of their current courses see the Support Centre website.