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Research Integrity

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The Open University expects that all research carried out in its name is conducted to the highest standards of excellence, rigour and integrity and is fully committed to the principles set out in the Concordat to Support Research Integrity (2019). We publish an Annual Statement on Research Integrity.

The Open University Code of Practice for Research sets out the standards that govern research at The Open University.

Research integrity at the OU

Who is responsible for the conduct of research at The Open University?

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research, Enterprise and Scholarship oversees the conduct of research at The Open University. He is the first point of contact for information on research integrity and is responsible for the investigation of allegations of research malpractice or misconduct.

For contact details, refer to our research conduct page.

Support for researchers

The Open University is committed to supporting its academics and researchers in maintaining the highest research standards. 

We provide training on various aspects of research integrity, including ethics, research data management and broader research conduct.

What to do if you have concerns about research conduct

If you are you are worried about something relating to the way research is being carried out at The Open University, it is important to raise your concerns as soon as possible. 

Learn more about research conduct.