Our Research Office provides administrative and practical assistance for researchers, ensuring high quality support and development of our research activity.

Research Innovation and Enterprise Strategy

The 2018-2021 Strategy sets out the role of people, place and partnerships in achieving the University vision as a catalyst for individual and regional prosperity and pride with national and international relevance, reach and impact, through research, innovation and enterprise. It sets out how the university’s academic community will focus on practice-based activity grounded in the real world in key disciplinary areas. This will be achieved through impact, excellence in postgraduate and doctoral education, knowledge exchange, building capacity and capability, collaborative partnership and external engagement.

For further information about innovation and enterprise, please see our Business pages.

Research Innovation and Enterprise Strategy

Research Ethics

Ethical research practice is a fundamental principle at the University. All researchers undertaking research at or with the University are expected to refer to the Research Ethics Policy and Code of Practice for Research prior to the research taking place. An application must be made for ethical approval for any research project including human participants or other live subjects.

Any projects involving research within the NHS in England must be undertaken through the Health Research Authority (HRA). Where this is required for a project, this supersedes the University ethics process. Details on HRA application can be found on the HRA website.

Ethics for staff and postgraduate research students

Ethics forms for staff and postgraduate research students to be submitted to research.office@cumbria.ac.uk:

Ethics for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students

For undergraduate students and those on postgraduate taught programmes, ethical approval should be sought by submitting the form below through relevant departmental procedures (usually via programme lecturers or dissertation supervisor):

ResearchEthicsHumanApplicationTaughtDegreeStudents.doc

For animal research, taught students should use the main Research Ethics (Animals) application form.

Other Policies and Guidance for Researchers

The Code of Practice for Research applies to all researchers undertaking research at the University. For Postgraduate Research students, this must be read in conjunction with the Postgraduate Research Code of Practice.

The Research Office supports the principles of the University Lone Worker Policy. These should be read in conjunction with the Lone Worker Procedures for Researchers, which consider issues specific to undertaking research.The University also supports the principles of open access.

Research Integrity

The Code of Practice for Research sets out the principles of good conduct in research to be adhered by, and directly supports the University’s commitment to the Concordat to Support Research Integrity (Universities UK, 2012). It also reflects our commitment to the principles of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers (2011).

The senior member of staff overseeing research integrity and first point of contact for anyone wanting more information on matters of research integrity is Director of Research, Professor Diane Cox. Professor Cox is also the confidential liaison for whistleblowers or any other person wishing to raise concerns about the integrity of research being conducted at the University, as set out in our process for dealing with allegations of research misconduct (section 5.1 of the Code of Practice for Research). In the case that an allegation of misconduct was received, a statement would be provided to the University Board following conclusion of the investigation process. This would be reflected in publically available University Board records, to improve accountability, and provide assurances that measures being taken continue to support consistently high standards of research integrity.

Open Access

The Open Access Policy sets the University’s expectation in relation to open access, and the requirements for eligibility for outputs in the next Research Excellence Framework (REF). Use our research repository, Insight, to make your research openly accessible: submit your author accepted manuscript as soon as it's been accepted for publication.

Contact

For any enquiries related to your research at the University of Cumbria, please get in touch with our Research Office:

Tel: 01524 590804

Email: research.office@cumbria.ac.uk