Research Integrity

The University of New England is proud of its research, which is world renowned in chosen fields. We take our role in leading research and training future researchers very seriously and we are committed to creating and maintaining an environment that promotes the responsible conduct of research.

The resources available through the Research Integrity web site are here to support researchers, research supervisors and research students in understanding the role they play in ensuring the responsible conduct of research. If you have any questions about these resources or research integrity more generally, please contact the Research Integrity Office at researchintegrity@une.edu.au.

Professor Heiko Daniel
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research)


UNE policies and further information

UNE’s transition to the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2018

In June 2018 the NHMRC, in conjunction with the ARC and Universities Australia, released a new Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2018 and a new Guide to Managing and Investigating Potential Breaches of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2018.  A revised UNE Code of Conduct for Research Rule (CCR) and a new UNE Procedures for Investigating Research Conduct Breaches or Related Complaints (Procedures) were approved on 22 June 2019.

During the remainder of 2019, the NHMRC and ARC will progressively release updated guidelines on the specific topics of Authorship, Management of Data and Information in Research, Conflicts of interest, Peer Review, Supervision, Collaborative Research and Dissemination of Research.  UNE procedures will be updated in line with these new guides.

Current rules, policies and procedures
The following are the current UNE rules, policies or procedures that relate to Research Conduct.
University of New England:

Research misconduct

Research misconduct is a serious breach of the UNE CCR which is also intentional or reckless or negligent.  This may include, but is not limited to, fabrication, falsification, misrepresentation, plagiarism or deception in proposing, carrying out or reporting the results of research, and failure to declare or manage a serious conflict of interest. Research misconduct may include avoidable failure to follow research proposals as approved by a research ethics committee, particularly where this failure may result in unreasonable risk or harm to humans, animals or the environment. It may also include, but is not limited to, the willful concealment or facilitation of research misconduct by others.

If you have concerns about possible research misconduct or simply wish to know more about correct procedures with regard to research misconduct, the following links will provide relevant information.

Research Integrity Advisors 

Who are the Research Integrity Advisors at UNE?

They are senior academic staff who have experience in the conduct of research and research administration. The Research Integrity Advisors are not discipline-based and are independent of the Schools. They all report directly to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research). The Research Integrity Advisors have analytical skills, empathy, good communication skills, a wide knowledge of University rules, policies and procedures, and a good understanding of accepted practice in research.

What do Research Integrity Advisors do?

Research Integrity Advisors can provide independent advice to a staff member, research student or member of the public if that person is:

  • in need of confidential advice about an issue of a potential breach of the UNE Code of Conduct for Research Rule (CCR)
  • unsure about a research conduct issue
  • in need information about UNE's research conduct rules, policies and procedures
  • in need of independent advice outside a School or department
  • considering whether or not to make a complaint about a potential breach of the UNE Code of Conduct for Research Rule (CCR).

Outcomes of a discussion with the Research Integrity Advisor may include:

  • not proceeding if the complaint is clearly not related to a breach of the CCR
  • proceeding under other University processes
  • making a complaint about a potential breach of the CCR in writing.

A Research Integrity Advisor will not:

  • investigate or assess the complaint
  • contact the person who is the subject of that complaint
  • be involved in any subsequent investigation other than a witness or to provide testimony
  • give advice on matters where they have potential, perceived or actual conflict of interest.

List of Research Integrity Advisors.

Research Integrity Office

The Research Integrity Office is part of the Research Services Directorate but located on the ground floor of the TC Lamble building. The primary role of the Research Integrity Office is to facilitate the University’s compliance with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct for Research 2018. This includes:

  • providing education and advice on responsible conduct of research to all staff, research students and Research Integrity Advisors,
  • supporting the network of Research Integrity Advisors,
  • developing and managing processes related to the responsible conduct of research,
  • receiving complaints about potential breaches of the UNE Code of Conduct for Research Rule (CCR),
  • supporting the conduct of preliminary assessments and investigations,
  • promoting a consistent and robust approach to managing and investigating potential breaches of the CCR.

Current Research Services staff are:

Margaret Lockyer
Project Manager – Research Integrity
Email: researchintegrity@une.edu.au
Phone: 02 6773 3496

Peta Lisle
Senior Project Officer – Research Integrity
Email: researchintegrity@une.edu.au
Phone: 02 6773 4249

Updated 2 August 2019