College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

Research ethics and integrity

The College is committed to ensuring that research ethics, integrity and governance are firmly embedded in our ethos and culture.

The College fosters a culture of responsible research conduct as part of our commitment to excellent research, in line with the University's policies and the Universities UK Concordat. We encourage an ethics-aware culture and support all our researchers to consider ethics at the outset of the research process.

University of Edinburgh Research Integrity policies

Universities UK Concordat

Decision flowchart

A decision flowchart summarising sponsorship and ethics procedures for College research staff and students is available to illustrate the processes in place.


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Directors of Research Ethics

In 2021, the College appointed two co-directors of Research Ethics who are responsible for oversight of research ethics in College research, including development of an overarching strategy and oversight of its implementation.

They will also provide input to University research ethics and research integrity policy and processes. If you have any questions or concerns about research ethics within the College, feel free to contact the directors  or email

Professor Sue Fletcher-Watson

Dr Christine Campbell



Research integrity

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The University's research integrity and data governance policies, including researcher responsibilities and how to deal with research misconduct.

Sponsorship and governance

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Key governance procedures and contacts for research studies involving animals, or humans, their tissue and/or data.

Research ethics support

Key ethics procedures and contacts for obtaining ethical opinion for research studies conducted by CMVM researchers

Research ethics in the international context

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Additional ethics, governance and management information for international research.

Policies and training

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Links to key policy documents and training resources.

Contact us

If you have any questions about research ethics or integrity, please contact Lena Lorenz (