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‘No room for complacency’ on research integrity, warns UUK

The Universities UK Concordat on Research Integrity has been effective since it was agreed in 2012, but there is still work to do, a progress report has said.

The Concordat to Support Research Integrity: A progress report was published by the vice-chancellors’ group UUK on 23 November. The report said that based on indications from written submissions, interviews and qualitative descriptions of implementation activities, the concordat had been an effective mechanism for investment in, and awareness of, research integrity at UK institutions.

Since its creation in July 2012, the concordat has been downloaded 42,000 times and 2,500 hard copies have been circulated at UK universities. UUK said that links between the concordat and public research funders had been essential to ensuring that the concordat was “taken seriously”. It said that it would be important to retain such links with UK Research and Innovation when it is created, in order to preserve the importance of the concordat.

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