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Research Integrity


Edinburgh Napier University is committed to providing an environment that recognises and supports research excellence. Research should be conducted to the highest levels of integrity, including appropriate research design and frameworks, to ensure that findings are robust and defensible. Researchers should also adhere to the highest level of research ethics, in line with requirements set out by national and international regulatory bodies.

All staff and students should be familiar with the Universities Policies and procedures that govern the research process.

​In addition, the university expects researchers to observe the standards and practice set out in any regulation and guidelines published by funders and relevant professional bodies.

Code of Practice on Research  Integrity

In keeping in with this commitment, Edinburgh Napier University operates a code of practice. The Edinburgh Napier University Code of Practice on Research Integrity defines the research principles and practices to which all students and staff at the University must adhere.

The Code should be read by all University staff and registered students who are conducting, or planning to conduct, research of any type which must be appropriately governed. Ethical issues also come into play wherever research involves human participants, personal data and human tissue. The Code also applies to any research partners who may be conducting research on Edinburgh Napier University premises.

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Informed Consent

Prior to participating, an individual should be fully informed about all aspects of the research project that might influence their decision to participate. This information should be written in simple language that is easily comprehensible by any potential research participants. Participants should be given sufficient time to study any information and to ask questions from relevant parties as needed. A copy of the information should be provided for the participant to retain. 

Below are two examples of generic forms for informed consent that illustrate the type of information often required (for illustration only):


 Futher exemplar documents can be found below: