Research Governance

Research Governance can be defined as the broad range of principles, standards and regulations of good practice that exist to achieve, and continuously improve, research quality across all aspects of research. The University seeks to comply with the Concordat to Support Research Integrity, Universities UK.

Research governance is needed to:

  • Safeguard all participants in research
  • Protect researchers and investigators by providing a clear framework within which to work
  • Monitor practice and performance to ensure and enhance ethical and scientific quality
  • Minimise risk and promote good practice
  • Prevent poor performance and misconduct

The University has adopted the UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO) Code of Practice for Research as its own. All Researchers will find the UKRIO Recommended Checklist for Researchers a valuable resource when planning, conducting and disseminating their research.

This web site links you to key University contacts, policies, procedures and codes of conduct that define the research governance framework at the University of Portsmouth.


If you have any concerns relating to Research Integrity at the University of Portsmouth, please contact Professor Bob Nichol, Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation
( 023 9284 4472)

If you have any questions regarding Research Governance at the University of Portsmouth you should contact Denise Teasdale, Research Manager in Research and Innovation Services ( 023 9284 6196).

If you wish to report a matter relating to research misconduct or make a complaint using the University’s Whistleblowing Policy, please contact Adrian Parry, Director of Corporate Governance 023 9284 3195.


The University Ethics Policy provides a general framework for professional practice and decision making on ethical issues as they arise in the work of the University. More information on the process can be found on the ethics web pages. For ethics queries and concerns please contact Dr Simon Kolstoe, University Ethics Adviser (, 023 9284 6206) or Denise Teasdale as above.

Quality Research Culture

The University is committed to promoting high standards in the conduct of research through the implementation of a number of policies and procedures, these include:

Financial Probity

The University’s activities are governed by our financial regulations and procedures, the relevant policies are detailed below:

Research Information

We promote and protect access to our research information, through the implementation of policies and procedures, these include:

European Commission HR Excellence in Research award

The University has been awarded the EC Human Resources Excellence in Research Award. The Award is given to organisations which have a robust strategy for improving the career development and management of its researchers.

Four year review

In May 2017, as part of the four-year review, we updated our action plan, developed new actions and produced a report highlighting the main achievements. To highlight the work of the Researchers’ Network we have also developed a case study. Below are the documents produced from this process.

Original action plan and two year review

In 2012 the University conducted a review of its policies and practices comparing them to the principles of the concordat. Subsequently a gap analysis was created highlighting the support that the University already provides as well as bringing to prominence the areas in which the institution can improve. Below are the documents produced from this process.

Health and Safety

The University is committed to ensuring that its research is undertaken in a safe manner, the following policies guide our work in this area:

Funders Terms and Conditions

External funders of research are increasingly seeking assurances from researchers and their institutions that their research is of the appropriate quality, some terms of our funders are detailed below:

Key links and references

The University, where relevant, commits to external governance standards and requirements: