Research Training and Advice

Research Training and Advice

To ensure that staff and students undertaking research observe highest ethical standards of research integrity, abide by the regulatory requirements of funding bodies and the 'Concordat to Support Research Integrity', the University provides an online training on research integrity (Epigeum) which is mandatory for all research staff. The online training is further supplemented by in house short courses on research governance provided through the Development & Training Services (DTS). 

Epigeum Research Integrity Course now open for all Staff engaged in research - sign up via ABW to access course in Blackboard

Contact resintegritytraining@swansea.ac.uk for further information

Subject area Course Code
Arts and Humanities 445
Social & Behavioural Sciences 446
Engineering & Technology 447
Natural & Physical Sciences 448
Biomedical Sciences 449

Researchers are responsible for the conduct and integrity of their resarch. Prior to embarking on a research project, it is advisable for a reseacher to assess whether they have the necessary skills, resources and training to conduct research to the highest ethical standards. The researchers should  ensure that they are well informed on the appropriate ethical, legal, institutional and sponsor/funder, requirements that provide assurance and compliance 

Funded Projects: The lead Researcher or Principal Investigator of a research project is expected to be responsible for, and encouraging to, all members of the research team in developing their skills, and to lead and foster open exchange of research ideas. They must also ensure that appropriate direction of research and supervision is provided at all stages of the research process, including the preparation of funding applications in accordance with the University’s financial regulations, regulations for data collection, storage, and analysis, and regulations for publication and dissemination of results.

Student Research: All students undertaking research should be made familiar with the appropriate principles and practices of research integrity, ethics and governance as part of their research training. For postgraduate research students, this is likely to be through a combination of online and subject-specific training, supervision, and the University’s Research Skills Development Programme. For other students, this is likely to be embedded within their module, and instilled during supervision.

Code of Practice: The UKRIO Checklist for Researchers lists the key points of good practice in research and is applicable to all subject areas.

Training:  The University provides an online training on research integrity (Epigeum) for it's staff and postgraduate students. Training events, conferences, seminars provided by the University and Colleges also cover the various aspects of research integrity, including:

  • principles of research ethics (e.g. publication ethics and informed consent);
  • relevant aspects of law (e.g. concerning data protection);
  • guidance on data management (e.g. secure storage of data);
  • guidance on procedures for applying for ethical approval both within the University and externally (e.g. through IRAS);
  • guidance regarding insurance and sponsorship;
  • guidance regarding handling of conflicts of interest; and
  • guidance and procedures for dealing with misconduct in research.

Safeguarding Awareness Training

A Safeguarding in HE awareness course is available to staff who may come into contact with or have occasional contact with children or vulnerable adults as part of their work/placement*. Access can be granted by contacting resintegritytraining@swansea.ac.uk

*Please note - staff whose research involves direct work with children or vulnerable adults should have in-depth training in safeguarding. 

Further links for training and advice:

EPIGEUM Research Integrity On-Line Training

Safeguarding in HE

UK Research Integrity Office

WMA Declaration of Helsinki – Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects

ESRC Framework for Research Ethics

Department of Health Research Governance Framework for Health and Social Care

Data Protection Principles

Research Governance Framework Resource Pack for Social Care