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Past Webinar Series 2020

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.

Wednesday 9 September, 2:00-4:00pm – UKRIO research integrity webinar: consent

This is 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 is 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, will talk about consent in health and biomedicine.
  • Professor Inke Näthke, Professor of Epithelial Biology, Interim Dean and Associate Dean for Professional Culture at the School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee will describe policies and processes in place to obtain consent from participants in research studies in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee.
  • David Carpenter,  Chair – HRA South Central-Berkshire NHS Research Ethics Committee; Trainer in Research Ethics (HRA, ARMA, UKRIO), will explore whether participant consent in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.


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.

This webinar also included discussions on use of the UKRIO/ARMA guidance Research Ethics Support and Review in Research Organisations and our training for members of research ethics committees.

  • David Carpenter, Chair – HRA South Central-Berkshire NHS Research Ethics Committee; Trainer in Research Ethics (HRA, ARMA, UKRIO). His presentation can be found here: COVID-19 and beyond: The virtuous researcher and the virtuous REC.
  • Professor John Oates, Professor of Developmental Psychology, The Open University. His presentation can be found here: Expanding ethics and integrity. 
  • 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.
  • Gail Seymour is the Head of Research Ethics and Governance at the University of Exeter, taking an institution-wide lead on all matters relating to research integrity and practice. The joint presentation from Rowena and Gail can be found here: Embedding research integrity in institutional research ethics framework.

See below for the opportunity to watch the webinar:

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.

Wednesday 10 June, 10:00-12:00 – UKRIO research integrity webinar: publication ethics

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.



UKRIO research integrity webinar: sector update, Wednesday 6 May 2020

Our May webinar gave a sector update on the ongoing work on research integrity and research culture in the UK.



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