Research Support | Research Integrity

Research Integrity at DCU

Research integrity is about knowing and meeting your responsibilities as a researcher. It means performing research to the highest standards of professionalism, at all points of the research process – from design through to dissemination. DCU is committed to ensuring the highest standards of integrity in all aspects of our research, as outlined in the National Policy Statement on Ensuring Research Integrity in Ireland, HEA Principles of Good Practice in Research within Irish Higher Education Institutions, and the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity.  

Research integrity is a key component in the induction of graduate students and research supervisors. In order to promote best practice in responsible research behaviour, DCU provide training on Research Integrity. Useful resources are also listed in the sections below.

 Research Integrity Training at DCU

Research Integrity Online Training for Experienced Researchers

Research Integrity Concise is an online course targeted at experienced researchers. Completion of the course will assist researchers in fulfilling their research integrity training obligations under the terms of their funded research projects from our national agencies. The core course takes approximately 60-75 minutes to complete, with optional modules, each of 15 mins duration.

This course is delivered via the external Epigeum portal. To access the course, please complete the Google Form and we pre-register you for the course - click here for account activation instructions

Research Integrity Online Training for Early Stage Researchers

Research Integrity is an introductory online course delivered in five subject tracks, each tailored to a specific research disciplinary area. The course takes approximately 4.5 - 5 hours to complete. It is designed to enable researchers to conduct research of the highest quality, helping them meet the criteria for key funding bodies and updating them on best practice in responsible research behaviour. The course provides postgraduate students and early stage research staff with a basic understanding of responsible research practices in their area of study. This includes the obligations and responsibilities that today’s researchers have, along with practical advice on how to deal with the complex situations in which they may find themselves. It features practical information that users can quickly apply to their own situations, and that captures the complexity of real-life situations. A range of interactive activities and video are used to promote an engaging learning experience, and case studies are used throughout to help ground the material in practice. By the end of the course, researchers should be able to:

  • Know, understand and explain the key responsibilities they have as a researcher
  • Identify the challenges they could face in meeting those responsibilities
  • Be aware of strategies for dealing with pressures and difficult situations.

Early stage researchers take the course via the external Epigeum portal. To access the course, please complete the Google Form and we will issue the course registration instructions.  Graduate research students take the course via LOOP (they can self-register).

DCU Research Integrity Training Programme

This training programme for graduate research students has been jointly developed by Research Support and the Graduate Studies Office. Over the academic year, a number of face-to-face sessions are delivered by DCU staff with expertise in the issues surrounding research integrity - see the GSO webpage for details. Previous presentations are accessible via our Events page

 Research Integrity Case Studies and Resources

Dilemma Game; Professionalism and integrity in Research - ethical dilemma game developed by Erasmus University Rotterdam. This game contains many common integrity scenarios and encourages discussion and formulation of solutions.

ORI Responsible Conduct of Research Casebook - examples of ethical dilemmas that researchers are liable to encounter across research integrity related topics.

Ethics CORE - this is a hub for training resources on responsible conduct of research topics, hosted at the University of Illinois

The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct - Become the lead characters in this ORI interactive movie and make decisions about integrity in research that can have long-term consequences. The simulation addresses responsible conduct of research topics such as avoiding research misconduct, mentorship responsibilities, handling of data, responsible authorship, and questionable research practices.

On Being a Scientist - This fictional film from the University of Leiden aims to raise students' awareness of academic integrity.

The Embassy of Good Scienceonline platform on research integrity and research ethics (containing institutional, national and international research integrity/ethics guidelines, misconduct cases and cases of good practice, case analyses, training resources etc.)