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Good research practice

Code of Practice

The University's guideline on good research practice and the reasonable expectations of:

  • students
  • the staff who teach them
  • the University generally

for graduate research degrees and certificates of postgraduate studies is detailed in the Code of Practice. Any departures from the Code by any party require evidence of good reason.

Although it is a large document, it is worth reading and contains a lot of very useful information that can help you during your studies.



It is your responsibility to ensure that you are working within the ethical guidelines the affect your research. These range from recommendations right through the Acts of Parliament that issue laws on what you can and cannot do.

The University has a website on Ethics in Research


Intellectual Property

It is essential that you have a grasp of the issues of intellectual property that affect your research. This is especially important if you are working:

  • in collaboration
  • with industry
  • on a project that may have commercial potential

A broad introduction to IP in academia can be found in a Report to the Strategy Advisory Board for Intellectual Property Policy (SABIP).


The University's website on IP is at:

And the University's specific guidelines  on IP are also detailed.


Falsification and Plagiarism

Details on these topics can be found on a separate website by clicking on the title above.


Further Information

Further resources on can be found on the University's pages on good research practice.