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Research policy statement

It is the policy of UKAEA / Culham Centre for Fusion Energy to seek to achieve the highest standards with regard to good research practice and the handling of potential scientific misconduct.

UKAEA’s employment conditions state that “Employees have a duty to recognise ethical standards governing particular professions”. While this clearly covers scientific professionalism, UKAEA’s system of internal refereeing of papers provides a further safeguard. To ensure the highest standards UKAEA has adopted all the principles in RCUK’s Policy and Guidelines on the Governance of Good Research Conduct.

All UKAEA staff who are involved in science and engineering research are expected to have read EPSRC’s Guide to Good Practice in Science and Engineering Research and to abide by it. The Guide to Good Practice will be made available to all new members of staff in research roles.

If a member of staff believes that he/she is being required to act in a way which is in breach of these principles, or has a concern about the conduct of others, he/she should raise the matter through his/her line management or, where appropriate, directly with UKAEA’s Chief Executive (the nominated ‘Senior Person’) who is responsible for overseeing and directing this process. The right of appeal will be to the Chairman of the UKAEA Board. These arrangements are consistent with UKAEA’s wider policy on Whistle Blowing.

Other staff involved in research work not funded by Research Councils, but which involve publications or reports to external bodies, will also be expected to comply with the spirit of RCUK’s policy and code of conduct, and any good scientific practice requirements specifically notified to UKAEA by the funding agency or external recipients of the work.

In establishing research collaborations, UKAEA researchers should be mindful of the RCUK’s policy and guidelines and ensure that research partners and their employing institutions are able to meet the required standards of research conduct.

Issued January 2019

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