School of Informatics

Research ethics and integrity code

The code provides guidelines for conducting research of the highest scientific and ethical standards, lays out responsibilities for researchers and outlines procedures for reporting research misconduct.


The School of Informatics has a code of research ethics and integrity that is strongly based on the Concordat to support research integrity.

In particular:

  • Researchers within the School should pursue research of the highest standards of quality, rigour and integrity, whilst exhibiting care and respect for colleagues, and all participants in, and subjects of, research. 
  • All appropriate ethical, legal and professional expectations and standards should be respected, and ethical scrutiny of research should be embedded in the research planning process (see ethics procedures). 
  • The responsibility for training postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers in research integrity lies with the supervisor or principal investigator, and all researchers are responsible for keeping their awareness of legal and ethical frameworks, and good research practice, up to date.
  • Researchers also have a responsibility to guard against all forms of research misconduct, including but not limited to:
    • Fabrication
    • Falsification
    • Plagiarism
    • Failure to meet ethical, legal and professional obligations
    • Improper dealing with allegations of misconduct.

Any staff with concerns about research misconduct should discuss them with the Director of Research. All allegations of research misconduct will be treated in confidence and in accordance with the University's Research Misconduct Policy

Online training is available from IAD.


To ensure the highest standards of research, the School follows College of Science and Engineering research ethics.


The School of Informatics, as part of the University of Edinburgh, requires that all research carried out by its members is of the highest scientific and ethical standards, and follows the University's guidelines which are based on those issued by the UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO) and the Concordat to support research integrity.