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​Research Governance

General information


Research governance applies to all types of research and sets out principles, regulations and standards of good practice to ensure high-quality research.


It involves enhancing ethical and scientific quality, promoting good practice, reducing adverse incidents, ensuring lessons are learnt and preventing poor performance and misconduct. It also covers:

  • Protect researchers and investigators by providing a clear framework within which to work
  • Ensuring our research meets legal and funder requirements including due diligence and risk assessment
  • Monitor practice and performance to ensure and enhance ethical and scientific quality



If you need advice on any of these aspects please contact:

Research Data Management - RDM@Napier.ac.uk
Research Integrity - Research Integrity webpages​ or Grainne Barkess
GDPR for Researchers - RDM@Napier.ac.uk or dataprotection@napier.ac.uk
GCRF Due Dilligence - your school External Funding Manager
Nagoya Protocol - Joanne Douglas​ 
NHS Ethics (section 4, page 10 of the handbook - contact email: ethics.shsc@napier.ac.uk​​​​)​​


Selected funder requirement

UKRI (Research Councils UK) Policy and Code of Conduct on the Governance of Good Research Conduct
UKRI Due Diligence
MRC Good Research Practice, Principles and Guidelines
BBSRC Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice
Wellcome Guidelines on Good Research Practice