Research Governance

The research governance and clinical trials insurance team is responsible for the process by which the university sponsors research and establishes sound governing arrangements for the research that the university sponsors.

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Research Governance:

  • Is a wide ranging term denoting the way that the University manages the research process from the  initial project inception, through to the execution of the research project, and ultimately to the dissemination and exploitation of the research results.
  • Describes the way in which standards are set in order to achieve and improve research quality.
  • Involves proper planning and resourcing of activities, securing the necessary authorisations for research work, enhancing the ethical and scientific quality of research, maintaining the safety of University researchers and third parties, ensuring high quality in research procedures and practices, identifying possible routes for the exploitation of research, reducing adverse incidents, ensuring lessons are learned and preventing poor performance and misconduct.

Many research funders and research partners are now looking to Universities to ensure suitably high standards of research governance, and to comply with the funder’s own codes of practice.

The Department of Health’s Research Governance Framework, for instance, lays down strict standards for research and defines mechanism for assessing whether standards are achieved.  Much of this is merely a matter of codifying what is accepted good practice in particular research fields, and is routinely practiced by staff in the course of their research.

The research governance team is responsible for the process by which the university sponsors research and establishes sound governing arrangements for the research that the university sponsors.

Research Integrity

The named person within the University responsible for research integrity is the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer, Professor Malcolm Press. The administrative lead for research integrity is the Research Governance and Ethics Manager, Dr Sean Jennings.

The University of Birmingham is committed to research excellence and to the rigorous pursuit of new knowledge. As such it is committed to maintaining the highest standards of scholarly and scientific integrity in its research. It expects all students, members of staff, and other researchers using University facilities or researching under the auspices of the University of Birmingham to work to these standards.