A9 - Complementary approaches to training researchers on research integrity

Day 1 at 15:20 - Complementary approaches to training researchers on research integrity
Day Day 1
Session A
Start time 15:20
Strand Researcher developers
Code A9

Dr Sandra Oza, Researcher Developer and Projects Officer, University of Dundee

Michelle Paterson, Staff Developer (Research Staff), University of St Andrews

Dr Jane Alfred, Director, Catalyst Editorial

Workshop overview: 

This workshop will explore two approaches to research integrity, with two case studies on research integrity training, an e-learning approach and a face to face approach. The aim is to discuss the strengths of each approach, what has been learnt from developing these different training programs that might be of use to other trainers, and how these two approaches complement each other.

Workshop topics covered:

University of Dundee

The University of Dundee’s online resource for research integrity has been developed in partnership with an independent consultant and is in line with the University’s ongoing commitment to the Concordat to Support Research Integrity to provide suitable training to support the development of researchers.  This resource comprises 6 short films (20-25 min), each with an associated quiz, case studies, moderators’ notes and further reading resources, which provide a general overview of responsible and ethical practice in research and publication and complement the face-to-face training that takes place in Schools.

The topics covered are as follows:

  • Introduction to research integrity and the responsible and ethical conduct of research
  • Ethical approval and practice
  • Plagiarism and recycling of text and research outputs
  • Authorship
  • Collaborative research and data management and integrity
  • Peer review and publication ethics.

This talk will take you from proof of concept to licencing this online resource from the perspective of a researcher developer. There will be a demonstration of the resource and discussion on how this sort of learning can be embedded across an institution.

Catalyst Editorial

Catalyst Editorial works initially with institute and lab leaders, to stimulate discussions on lab research culture and practice, and to review current practices and policies. This initial work identifies the particular needs of individual institutes and informs the tailoring of workshops for their early career researchers. The workshops themselves are evidence- and discussion-based, feature peer-to-peer learning, case studies, and quizzes, and participants’ views on training are solicited in follow up surveys online.

The topics covered are as follows:

  • Research integrity and publication ethics training for early career researchers
  • Strengths of face-to-face, interactive workshops as a training tool
  • Training as an opportunity to engage with institute and lab leaders to embed research integrity training in a supportive research culture
  • Research integrity training as an opportunity for leadership development of early career researchers
  • Effective training approaches for early career researchers

This talk will demonstrate the strengths of face-to-face, interactive workshops as a training tool and will present a case study that illustrates the importance of involving institute and lab leaders in developing training workshops on research integrity for early career researchers, to ensure lab and organisational culture support research integrity and good research practice.

Themes covered:

  • Engaging research leaders, principal investigators and supervisors to transform professional development of researchers and embed professional development in the research environment
  • Leadership development of early career researchers including researchers’ as leaders in different disciplines
  • Researcher development across boundaries including international collaborations, inter-cultural competences, international researchers’ experiences, business/industry collaborations and engaging society through open research.

Workshop outcomes:

  • Develop awareness of the importance of research culture and practice for supporting research integrity training
  • Develop awareness of the role of supervisors, principal investigators and institute leaders in establishing a supportive research culture
  • Consider benefits of tailoring training tools and approaches specifically for early career researchers to encourage their engagement
  • An opportunity to consider the current and potential research integrity training provision for researchers at your institution
  • Explore the different ways both the individuals conducting the research and the research organisation can be supported in this area
  • Consider how researcher developers can support integrating research integrity training into research culture


Interactive workshop