New chair for Research Integrity and Research Ethics Committee


August 7th, 2020

Professor Penny Gowland has been appointed as chair of the University Research Integrity and Research Ethics Committee.

Professor Gowland succeeds Professor Dame Jessica Corner in the role. Dame Jessica, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Research and Knowledge Exchange, said: “Penny brings a wealth of experience to this role and is highly regarded and respected as a scientist and a leader. She has chaired a wide range of committees within the School of Physics and Astronomy, the University, and national and international organisations.”

Professor Gowland said: “I am delighted to be appointed chair of the committee and thankful to Professor Dame Jessica Corner who chaired and led the establishment of this committee over the past year.  These are exciting and important times as the field of research integrity and ethics is evolving rapidly, both nationally and internationally.  I am looking forward to working with colleagues to strengthen the University’s research integrity and ethics infrastructure, building on existing resources and lessons learnt from the past.”

She added: “Research integrity must be embedded even further in the culture of our world-leading, research-intensive institution, and we have a responsibility to ensure that our alumni take this ethos forward into the world. I will take this opportunity to ensure a culture whereby all members of the University are actively engaged in this area.”

Find out more about research ethics and integrity, including:

  • updated contact information and resources for researchers
  • new Research Integrity Bytes (one pagers addressing common issues and questions raised by researchers in all fields)
  • two new video presentations for researchers on Introduction to the Code of Research Conduct and Research Ethics and Introduction to International Research and Research Ethics

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