Responsible Conduct of Research

UNSW recognises the need for researchers to be informed on issues relating to research integrity and the responsible conduct of research including research ethics matters.

Research Integrity is UNSW’s commitment to creating and maintaining an environment that promotes the responsible conduct of research.  UNSW's research foundations are built upon standards of excellence, truthfulness, moralistic actions and legally permissible conduct and supporting these foundations through effective and proper procedures and policies.

Research Integrity is a commitment to:  

  • Intellectual integrity and honesty
  • Individual and collective responsibility;
  • Government legislature and statute; and
  • Responsible Research


UNSW Research Code of Conduct

This sets the guidelines on how our researchers must conduct their activities in an ethical and professional manner, ensuring validity and accuracy in the collection and reporting of data.  This Code applies to all researchers at UNSW, including research students as well as visiting and conjoint staff.

A copy of the Research Code of Conduct can be found here.

Research Policies and Procedures

The University has in place various polices that set out the guidelines with respect to responsible research practices.  The policies most relevant to Research at UNSW are available at the Research Integrity Policies and Procedures page.

Public Statements

From time to time the University may issue public statements related to the responsible conduct of research.

  1. Group of Eight (Go8) Statement on the Use of Animals in Research
  2. Professor Levon Khachigian
Making complaints

Allegations of non-compliance of the UNSW Research Code of Conduct are handling in accordance with UNSW Procedure for Handling Allegations of Research Misconduct.

If you have any concerns with respect to the responsible conduct of research please speak with:

  1. Your Research Integrity Advisor; or
  2. The Research Integrity Unit