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

Professor Heiko Daniel
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research)

Policies and guidelines

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
. Before 1 July 2019 all Australian Universities must be compliant with the
2018 Code and to have in place a process to manage potential breaches of the Code that aligns with
the Guide. Compliance with the 2018 Code is a requirement for the receipt of funding by NHMRC
and ARC.
The Research Integrity Office is currently developing and consulting on a revised Code of Conduct for
Research Rule (CCR) and a new Procedures for Investigating Research Conduct Breaches or Related
Complaints (new Procedures). Following consultation, these two documents will be considered by
both the UNE Research Committee and Academic Board prior to being approved before 1 July 2019.
The 2018 Code will be accompanied by a series of guides e.g. Authorship Guide. Once the NHMRC
and the ARC have released the guides, other relevant UNE policies and guidelines will be reviewed to
align with these guides.

During the current transition period the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
2007 (2007 Code) remains current.

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

*Transitional arrangements: Both the new CCR and the new Procedures will only apply to
investigations commencing after the date of approval. Current or ongoing investigations underway
at the date of approval of the new CCR or new Procedures will continue under the existing CCR or
UNE Research Related Complaints and Allegations Procedures.

Research misconduct

Research misconduct includes fabrication, falsification, plagiarism or deception in proposing, carrying out or reporting the results of research, and failure to declare or manage a serious conflict of interest. It includes 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 also includes the wilful concealment or facilitation of research misconduct by others; refer Section 10, Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.

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.

The Research Integrity Office is located in the Research Services Directorate in the TC Lamble building. The primary role of the Research Integrity Office is to facilitate the University’s compliance with the 2018 Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct for Research. 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

Peta Lisle
Senior Project Officer – Research Integrity

Updated 17 May 2019