Research at Westminster is managed and conducted within a framework of policy, regulation and good practice for which the Research Committee is responsible. This framework consists of a suite of inter-related documents that should be read in conjunction with each other. The University has produced an Annual Narrative Statement focused on its work in the area of research integrity which provides useful information to both researchers and the public who are interested in finding out how the University conducts its research to the highest standards:
The University point of contact for research governance-related policies and codes is Huzma Kelly at [email protected].
Key documents 2018–19
This document aims to set out the overarching Framework for Research Governance at the University. Compliance with supporting policies, codes and regulations is the responsibility of individual researchers.
- Research Strategy 2015–2020 (PDF) Updated on August 2016
- University Code of Research Good Practice (PDF) Updated October 2017
The University expects all those engaged in research to observe these principles and comply with the requirements of the University Framework for Research Governance.
- Code of Practice Governing the Ethical Conduct of Research (PDF) Updated August 2017
The University is guided by the fundamental principle that research involving humans and/or animals and/or the environment should involve no more than minimal risk of harm to physical or psychological wellbeing.
The University Research Ethics Committee oversees the ethical conduct of research, in line with the University’s Code of Practice Governing the Ethical Conduct of Research.
- Academic Regulations for Research Degrees (PDF) Updated August 2018
The Regulations for research degrees have been updated to consolidate the various research degree related regulations into a single document. The regulations relate to
- PhD by Published Work
- Professional Doctorates (eg DProf, DBA)
- Research Degrees by Distance Learning
- Collaborative provision involving research degrees
- Higher Doctorates
- Research Degree Handbook (PDF) Updated September 2018
The Research Degrees Handbook provides practical guidance and advice on the application of the Academic Regulations for Research Degrees. It includes detailed information on policies and procedures affecting research degrees and is an essential reference document for both a research candidate and those supporting the research candidate eg Director of Studies, secondary Supervisors, Advisers, Assessors, etc.
- Guidance Notes on Intellectual Property Policy for 1st Year Research Degree Students (PDF)
- Visiting Researcher, Academic or Scholar Policy (including Visiting Doctoral Researchers) (PDF) Updated October 2017
This policy statement provides guidance to anyone wishing to be an academic visitor, including visiting doctoral researchers, at the University and the potential host Faculty.
- Virtual Research Environment (sign-in required)
The University’s tool for the management of research activity - ranging from staff research and the management of doctoral research programmes to guidance from the University Repository and WestminsterResearch, as well as the management of research ethics applications for staff and postgraduate research (plus undergraduate research in Psychology).
- Collaborative provision involving research degrees (sign-in required)
The University encourages collaborative provision involving research degree awards. Depending upon the complexity of a proposed collaboration, there are proportionate internal approval processes to be followed.
Read guidance for University staff
- Graduate School
- Research Ethics
- Procedure for Managing Allegations of Research Misconduct
- Whistleblowing Policy
- Open Access
- University Policy on Open Access
- Doctoral Researcher Development Programme 2017–18 (PDF, 3 MB)
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