The University of Lincoln is committed to encouraging research of the highest quality by supporting good conduct and helping to prevent misconduct.
It aims to uphold the following commitments outlined in the UUK Concordat to support Research Integrity (the concordat), which provide a comprehensive national framework for good research conduct and its governance:
The University of Lincoln’s Code of Practice for Research provides a comprehensive framework for good research conduct and the governance of all research carried out across the University.
The Code of Practice for Research sets out the principles governing the conduct of research by individual researchers and the University; and lists the fundamental standards for good practice in research with which both researchers and the institution should comply.
The University of Lincoln’s Research Ethics Policy is intended to support good conduct in research, in order to encourage research of the highest quality. It provides general principles and standards for good ethical practice in research, for the individual researcher (staff member or student) and the institution as a whole.
The University of Lincoln seeks to:
The University Research Ethics Committee (UREC) has oversight of the principles and practices of ethical research conduct across the University, specifically the Human and Non-Human Research Ethics Committees. It works in unison with the Research Committee to ensure that the Human/Non-Human Research Ethics Committees are supported to implement, monitor, and report on the ethical research conduct in their respective disciplines.
The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) was set up to regulate the removal, storage, use, and disposal of human bodies, organs, and tissue for a number of scheduled purposes. These include research, education, and training, and are set out in the Human Tissue Act 2004 (HT Act).
In order for the University to store human tissue or hold human tissue material for research purposes, including cadaveric material, or to hold material for anatomical examination or teaching purposes, the institution requires a licence. The University of Lincoln holds a Human Tissue Authority Licence (Research #12678).
The Corporate Licence holder is the University of Lincoln. The Designated Individual (DI) is Professor Jon Whitehead
The Human Tissue Oversight Group (HTOG) ensures its compliance with the Act under the terms and conditions of its license.
The University of Lincoln expects all staff, students, and non-members conducting research on University premises to observe the highest standards of ethics and integrity. The Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation has overall responsibility for research integrity, and the University’s Procedure for the Investigation of Misconduct of Research (UKRIO) outlines the steps to follow in potential cases of research misconduct.
Anyone wishing to raise concerns about the integrity of research can do so in confidence by contacting:
In accordance with recommendations in the Concordat, you can view the university’s Annual Misconduct Statement 2017/18.