Since May 2020, UKRIO began holding monthly webinars on research integrity and related issues. Speakers from UKRIO and invited experts will explore topics such as publication ethics and authorship; research data; implementation of the Concordat to Support Research Integrity; research ethics; consent in research; and research integrity training.
Selected presentations and recordings (where available) from previous webinars are available below.
Please note that speakers have requested that their presentations are not hosted on any institutional websites. Copyright of the presentation rests with the speaker and/or their institution, unless otherwise stated. Use of any presentation for commercial gain or purposes requires the prior permission of the speaker. Disclaimer: the views represented are not necessarily those of the UK Research Integrity Office.
UKRIO research integrity webinar: data sharing and ethics10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Wednesday 11 November 2020
This was the seventh in the series of monthly webinars from the UK Research Integrity Office on research integrity and related issues. The focus of this webinar was data sharing and ethics.
Kahryn Hughes and Anna Tarrant reflected on the ethical value of qualitative data preservation and archiving as part of a broader ethical temporal sensibility towards social research data and integrity. In conversation, they considered the re-use of qualitative data in the context of the ‘data turn’ and discussed examples of good practice in a current climate characterised by data protectionism. They also considered how social and qualitative researchers can achieve good practice by attending to questions of data integrity and legacy in the context of data preservation and archiving. Their slides can be found here.
Louise Corti discussed some of the governance measures used to accredit the research projects and the researchers themselves. Ethics assessment plays a strong role here, as successful projects require a strong public good element, ethical conduct and realistic scope and methodological approach. The excellent new UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) Ethical self-assessment tool and supporting materials was highlighted. Louise also touched on reproducibility from research undertaken in safe havens. Access restrictions, as for the DEA data, mean that ‘reproducers’ also need to meet any access requirements. The UK Statistics Authority ‘Accredited Researcher’ model helps create a trusted network of researchers with the training and skills to both undertake analysis and check and rerun other’s code. Louise’s slides can be found here.
Wednesday 14 October 2020, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, UKRIO research integrity webinar: Clinical Trials
This was the sixth in the series of monthly webinars from the UK Research Integrity Office on research integrity and related issues.
In 2019, the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee asked more than forty UK universities to ensure they were complying with clinical trials transparency requirements. UKRIO agrees with the Committee that ‘selective non-publication of the results of research distorts the published evidence base and is a threat to research integrity.’
UKRIO has promoted and supported transparency in research through our practical advisory service, our education and training, and the other services we provide to the research community. A key standard in our Code of Practice for Research is that ‘researchers have a duty to publish the findings of all clinical research involving human participants.’
In this webinar, the speakers addressed the complex issues surrounding transparent and timely reporting of results from clinical trials.
Patricia Burns discussed how the University of Dundee approached the challenge of improving clinical trials transparency and reporting, including publishing results on public databases. Sharing her experiences and lessons learnt, she described the changing landscape of research in Dundee. Moving from the original rush of activity to upload results to evidence compliance, to the less frenetic but no less challenging situation of today, where the involvement of patients and public is building trust and creating a more transparent environment across all areas. Her presentation can be found here.
Dr Birgit Whitman talked about clinical trial registration and reporting of results. HEIs are committed to transparency and public accountability and it is central to their mission to generate new knowledge through research. Despite best efforts, legacy issues can hinder the 100% upload of results. Expert support for investigators is essential to navigate the current registry requirements. Her presentation can be found here.
Marc Taylor drew on experience with the registration and reporting of clinical trials to invite discussion of the oversight of health research in British universities. What conclusions should we draw from British academics’ preference for registration with ClinicalTrials.gov, and their poor record in reporting results? How should we view the many coronavirus studies reporting preliminary results on Medrxiv, and the very few reporting verified results to registries in the World Health Organization network? In the aftermath of the pandemic, will the governance of health research in British universities fit them to be world-beating? His presentation can be found here.
Wednesday 9 September, 2:00-4:00pm – UKRIO research integrity webinar: consent
This was the fifth in the series of monthly webinars from the UK Research Integrity Office on research integrity and related issues.
The focus of this webinar was consent. Informed consent is an essential element of research integrity and one of the founding principles of research ethics. It is a communication process between the researcher and the research participant. For a human participant to voluntarily enter research they must have the full information about what it means for them to take part. Only then can they give consent before they enter the research. The speakers will discuss best practice in obtaining consent in different research disciplines.
Professor Margaret Rees, Reader Emeritus in Reproductive Medicine at the University of Oxford, talked about consent in health and biomedicine. Her presentation can be found here.
Professor Inke Näthke, Professor of Epithelial Biology, Interim Dean and Associate Dean for Professional Culture at the School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee described policies and processes in place to obtain consent from participants in research studies in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee. Her presentation can be found here.
David Carpenter, Chair – HRA South Central-Berkshire NHS Research Ethics Committee; Trainer in Research Ethics (HRA, ARMA, UKRIO), explored the concept of participant consent in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. His presentation can be found here.
Wednesday 5 August, 10:00-12:00 – UKRIO research integrity webinar: research ethics
This was the fourth in the series of monthly webinars from the UK Research Integrity Office on research integrity and related issues.
The focus of the webinar was research ethics. The speakers discussed their experiences with current themes that are challenging for research ethic committees (RECs) as well as reflecting on the ethical review process to facilitate a culture of good research practice.
Their presentations were informative for persons in policy and management roles, along with chairs and members of RECs and for researchers to aid a better understanding of the role of their institution and RECs in supporting ethical practice.
Rowena Lamb is the Head of Research Integrity for University College London, leading on the development, delivery and oversight of a broad Cultures of Integrity initiative underpinning all research integrity matters.
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Wednesday 8 July, 14:00-16:00 – UKRIO research integrity webinar: Research Integrity: a landscape study
This webinar brought together representatives from the sector to discuss a new report, Research Integrity: a landscape study, that was published in June 2020 by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
The study, carried out by Vitae with support from the UK Research Integrity Office and the UK Reproducibility Network, sort to understand what different pressures and incentives (positive and negative) exist in the research ecosystem, and how they affect researchers’ behaviour in the context of research integrity.
Dr Janet Metcalfe and Dr Katie Wheat discussed the approach to, and the findings of, the recently published report ‘Research integrity: a landscape study’. Their presentation can be found here.
Dr Karen Salt talked about research integrity in the context of research culture, UKRI’s activities in this area, and how the landscape study may be used to inform future UKRI strategy. Dr Helen Munn talked about the Research Integrity Committee, a new arms-length body with a remit to adopt a leadership role in this area, which will commence work later in the year. Their presentation can be found here.
Professor Marcus Munafo talked about the work of the UK Reproducibility Network (UKRN), a national peer-led consortium that investigates the factors that contribute to robust research. Professor Munafo talked about the work carried out across the UK through researcher-led networks and discussed what research integrity means at local level. Professor Munafo also talked about the potential impact of COVID-19 on research integrity. His presentation can be found here.
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Publication ethics involves many different areas. In this webinar, our speakers focused on three of the most pressing and problematic, outlining issues researchers and their institutions need to be aware of, discussing problems that can arise, and providing guidance on how to address these.
Dr Irene Hames discussed the issues researchers face in getting appropriate credit for their research contributions, the impact problems and disputes can have on their lives, professional and personal, and what can be done to help avoid problems arising. Responsible, ethical and fair authorship
Rebecca Veitch, Head of Research Integrity, UK Research and Innovation; Dr Frances Downey, Head of Research Culture, UKRI; Neil Jacobs, Senior Strategy Advisor, Research Integrity Team, UKRI: Research Culture and Integrity
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