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Research Governance, Ethics & Integrity

Enabling researchers to achieve research excellence.

The three teams with our department are committed to enabling researchers to achieve research excellence. We support the King’s research community to ensure that all research conducted is safe, lawful, and of the highest standards of integrity and rigour. 

These standards are based on principles and professional responsibilities that are central to the protection of the research community, research participants, and to ensure public trust in the research that we produce.

The Department is responsible for developing and monitoring relevant College policies. We also provide guidance and training to all researchers across the university in governance, ethics, and integrity matters. Visit our training page for further details. 

Research Governance

The Research Governance Office provides high-level support to researchers conducting KCL sponsored research projects (both those under the College REMAS System and those under the HRA NHS/HSC approvals) with a focus on data protection requirements under the UK General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018. 

The team supports staff and students in determining what the research governance requirements are for their research projects and how further support can be accessed where it is required.

Research Ethics

All human subject research is subject to a proportionate level of ethical scrutiny. The Research Ethics Office manages the College-wide ethical clearance process which is designed to ensure that all research activities involving human subjects undertaken by King’s staff and students are carried out in a way that safeguards the dignity, rights, health, safety, and privacy of those involved.

The team are available to provide advice or training on applying for and obtaining ethical clearance at King’s. 

Research Integrity

The Research Integrity Office is committed to excellence in research and the promotion of good conduct in research within the King’s community. This is to ensure that the academic community, funding bodies, and the public can have confidence that any research data, findings, and results produced by members of the university are reliable and trustworthy. The Research Integrity Office is also responsible for dealing with queries about appropriate research conduct, and is responsible for investigating allegations of research misconduct robustly and fairly.

Internal and external queries relating to research integrity or misconduct should be directed to the Research Integrity Office in the first instance.

International Regulations Team

The International Regulations Team provides high-level support to researchers with a focus on military and “dual use” export controls under the UK Export Control Act and certain extraterritorial regulations, the requirements of the new UK National Security and Investments Act, and various international sanctions. 

The Team supports staff and students in determining whether Government authorisation is required for their research projects and documenting our due diligence that research is compliant to these Regulations.


The department is led by Director of Research Governance, Ethics and Integrity, Miss Marice Lunny, with senior academic guidance provided by the Dean of Research Culture, Professor Tim Newton.

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Research Ethics

Research Ethics

King's is committed to ensuring its researchers adhere to high ethical standards in order to protect…



Research Governance, Ethics and Integrity training