Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is looking

- C.S. Lewis

UCD Research Integrity

University College Dublin is committed to the promotion of an environment which maintains the highest standards of integrity in relation to its educational mission and research activity. It is university policy that all those engaged with research in UCD, including all researchers, students, technical, administrative and research support staff:

- maintain the highest standards of rigour and integrity in all aspects of research; and

- ensure that research is conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal and professional obligations and standards.

UCD commits to


supporting a research environment that is underpinned by a culture of integrity and based on good governance, best practice and support for the development of researchers


working to strengthen the integrity of research and to review progress regularly and openly.


promoting research integrity and incorporating research integrity into learning, training and mentoring opportunities which support the development of researchers;


using transparent, robust and fair processes to deal with allegations of research misconduct should they arise;

In support of this UCD has an approved Research Integrity Policy and a Procedure for the Investigation of Misconduct in Research.

What can I do if I have any concerns related to Research Integrity?

We realise that often people have concerns and do not know where to turn to. These concerns may be serious or not, and you can find below some of the ways in which you can raise your concern with us. You can make informal contact with us - remembering that informal contact does not constitute raising a complaint. We welcome your contact and be assured that it will be treated confidentially.

What to do if you have a concern:

  • Talk to one of the RI Champions – not necessarily from your own School
  • Talk to your Head of School / Institute Director / College Principal
  • Send us an Email
  • Complete an official Research Integrity Complaint form
  • Make an anonymous report (Note: This will not result in the commencement of an investigation)

Policy and Procedures

Research Integrity Policy

UCD's Policy on Research Integrity can be found here.

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Procedure for the Investigation of Misconduct in Research

UCD's Procedure for the Investigation of Misconduct in Research can be found here.

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UCD Authorship Policy

UCD's Authorship Policy can be found here.

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Research Integrity Team

Professor Grace Mulcahy

Research Integrity Officer

Professor Adrian Ottewill

Deputy Research Integrity Officer

Professor Pat Guiry

Review Officer

Jill Boyle

Research Integrity Administrator

Contact UCD Research Integrity Officer (RIO)