Research Governance

Research Integrity


All research carried out at the University of South Wales is underpinned with common values of rigour, integrity and professionalism.


As required by HEFCW, the University is committed to complying fully with the Universities UK Concordat to Support Research Integrity. Supplied here are our annual statements on compliance.

Frameworks for Good Research Practice are not limited to Universities UK and HEFCW.

The USW subscribes to the UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO) Code of Practice for Research, and all Health Research conducted by the University must comply with the Framework for Health and Social Care Research (UK Government). 

The Pro Vice Chancellor for Research is the first point of contact for all allegations of research misconduct, and for whistle-blowers or for any other person wishing to raise concerns about the integrity of research being conducted under the auspices of the University of South Wales.

The Pro Vice Chancellor for Research is the first point of contact for all allegations of research misconduct, and for whistle-blowers or for any other person wishing to raise concerns about the integrity of research being conducted under the auspices of the University of South Wales.

    USW's whistle-blowing policy for staff

    USW's research misconduct policy

The University is committed to the following principles of good research practice.


These are laid out in our USW Research Good Practice Code of Conduct which stipulates:


  • That our research is underpinned with common values of rigour and integrity

  • That we nurture a research environment that supports research of the highest standards of rigour and integrity

  • That our research and innovation activity complies with all ethical, legal and professional obligations

  • That we use transparent, robust and fair processes to handle allegations of misconduct

  • That we continue to monitor, and where necessary improve, the suitability and appropriateness of the mechanisms in place to provide assurances over the integrity of research
The University has robust mechanisms in place for dealing with allegations of academic misconduct, and clearly defined ethical approval process for staff and students.

The University has a research governance checklist for researchers that identifies the checks that need to be carried out before, during and after a study has completed.

Where required, all academic staff and students are required to apply for research ethics approval prior to any related activity taking place.

All faculties have Faculty Research Ethics Committees and these are led by a Faculty Research Ethics Chair. The Research Ethics arrangements can be accessed on our staff intranet.

Training on research ethics and integrity is available for all academic staff, and research students.

Please contact Jonathan Sinfield, the Research Governance Manager, to discuss further.

The University also stipulates and enforces high research standards via a number of additional documents.


These include: Preliminary approval for research that poses risk / or intends to take place overseas; adverse event reporting; research data management; health and safety, open access; publication and authorship; PREVENT guidance for security related studies; data protection and general data protection regulation (2018). 

If you would like further details on any of the policies and procedures mentioned here, please contact Jonathan Sinfield, Research Governance Manager.