Ethics and integrity guiding principles

Information on the School's research and integrity guiding principles, with further reference to College and University standards.


Informatics has a set of guiding principles on research ethics and integrity that are based on the Universities UK (UUK) Concordat to Support Research Integrity (2019). 

UUK Concordat to support research integrity (2019)

All researchers are responsible for keeping their awareness of legal and ethical frameworks, and good research practice, up to date; Principal investigators (PI) and supervisors maintain overall responsibility for the ethical conduct of all research and student projects.

Researchers within the School should:

  • pursue research of the highest standards of quality, rigour and integrity (UUK p. 7);
  • respect appropriate ethical, legal and professional expectations and standards, with ethical scrutiny embedded in the research planning process (UUK p. 8);
  • maintain awareness of up-to-date legal and ethical frameworks and good research practice (UUK p. 10);
  • guard against all forms of research misconduct, including but not limited to:
    • Fabrication
    • Falsification
    • Plagiarism
    • Failure to meet ethical, legal and professional obligations
    • Misrepresentation of data, attribution, interests, qualifications or publications
    • Improper dealing with allegations of misconduct (UUK p. 13);
  • exhibit care and respect for colleagues, and all participants in, and subjects of, research to contribute to a culture of integrity (UUK p. 16)

Any suspected research misconduct should be reported via the College reporting form (requires EASE login).

College research misconduct informal reporting form


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

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 UUK Concordat to support research integrity.

UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO)

UUK Concordat to support research integrity (2019)