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Research Integrity Statement

King’s College London is strongly committed to maintaining the highest standards of integrity and probity in the conduct of research, by both its staff and students.

The College is committed to embedding into its culture and practices the principles of the Concordat for Research Integrity in order to ensure this high level of integrity. As such we are committed to:

Maintaining the highest standards of rigour and integrity in all aspects of research

We are committed to supporting honesty and transparency in all aspects of research, and ensuring that the wellbeing, dignity and safety of research participants and our researchers is protected along with the reputation of the College.

King's has adopted the UKRIO Code of Good Practice with accompanying guidance on university specific expectations and requirements regarding good practice in research in order to ensure that research and the dissemination of the results of research are conducted properly, please visit our page on research integrity and good conduct for details.

Ensuring that research is conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards

King's has a strong and well developed set of structures and guidance to support research ethics, which aims to ensure that all human subject research is subjected to an appropriate level of ethical scrutiny. Further information can be found here.

All research which carries any risk is subject to a risk assessment at Faculty level or by the Health and Safety Department.

Our Information Compliance Team provide support to our researchers in ensuring they comply with legislation such as the Data Protection Act.

We provide training sessions through various programmes throughout the university, both online and face-to-face, which support our researchers to conduct their research with integrity.

Supporting a research environment that is underpinned by a culture of integrity and based on good governance, best practice and support for the development of researchers

King's has developed a set of policies and guidelines, based on national standards, all of which support research of the highest level of integrity. The Centre for Doctoral Studies and Centre for Research Staff Development provide training and support to both research staff and student researchers.

Using transparent, robust and fair processes to deal with allegations of research misconduct should they arise

The university has a formal policy and procedure to investigate allegations of research misconduct. This procedure is available, along with advice and support, to all staff, students and individuals external to the university who wish to raise an issue about research conduct on our 'Research Misconduct' webpage.

Working together to strengthen the integrity of research and to reviewing progress regularly and openly

The formal procedure is reviewed and updated every three years, or as required.

An annual report on Research Integrity is made to the College Research Committee.

We work closely with the UK Research Integrity Office. This enables us to both share best practice and gain support on best practice. We are an active member of the Russell Group Research Integrity Forum and the Association of Research Managers and Administrators. We are also one of the first UK universities to implement a fully integrated online research ethics management application system (REMAS), and we are advocates of this approach and support other universities by sharing good practice on how to improve their ethics processes.

Research Misconduct investigations 

The table below indicates the number of matters that have been referred to the university between 2012 and 2017 under the Research Misconduct procedure. Details of matters relating to 2018 will be published soon.

We have advised on three additional matters that have been raised over the past year relating to research integrity, but which did not fall under the remit of the research misconduct procedure.  

A report is made annually to the College Research Committee with information on the number of cases dealt with over the past year, as well as progress on developments and improvements to processes and guidance which supports research integrity. A similar report is made to the Audit and Compliance Committee.

Research Governance, Ethics and Integrity

January 2019

Research Misconduct Investigations
Date completed (month/year)Researcher statusAllegationOutcome
11/12 PhD Student Plagiarism/conflict of interest Unfounded
09/12 PhD Student

Misuse of data

Unfounded - somed remedial support and training to be provided for student, as part of ongoing supervision
07/13 Staff Authorship Unfounded
07/13 PhD Student Authorship Unfounded
04/14 Former Postdoc Misrepresentation of data and/or interests and or involvement Unfounded
05/14 PhD Student Plagiarism Allegation has substance, but due to its nature can be remedied at School level. Due to specific circumstances the student was given the opportunity to resubmit
06/14 Staff Misrepresentation of data and/or interests and or involvement Allegation has substance, but due to its nature can be remedied at School level. Staff member was provided with training
06/14 PhD Student Misrepresentation of data and/or interests - allegation that student did not write thesis Unfounded; however action taken due to lack of ethical approval of research undertaken
02/15 PhD Student  Plagiarism Allegation has substance, but due to its nature can be remedied at School level. The student was still within her submission timeframe and was given the opportunity to rectify and proceed with submission if no further issues were found
09/15 PhD Student Misrepresentation of data and/or interests and or involvement Unfounded – some remedial action to be taken by the faculty generally to prevent such an issue occurring again
03/17 PhD Student Plagiarism The allegation is sufficiently serious and there is sufficient evidence to merit further action by the College. Full formal investigation conducted and referral for disciplinary action