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​​​Information on the University of Edinburgh Research Ethics and Integrity Review Group

The Research Ethics and Integrity Review Group (REIRG) was established by the University’s Research Policy Group in autumn 2014 to ensure that research integrity and governance has a strong profile at Edinburgh and is firmly embedded in the University’s ethos and culture.REIRG ensures compliance with the UUK Concordat to Support Research Integrity of which the four national Higher Education Funding Bodies, Research Councils UK, UUK, the National Institute for Health Research, and Wellcome Trust, are all signatories. REIRG also monitors University level information on all aspects of integrity and ethics so that it is visible and up to date.REIRG ensures the University identifies key individuals for handling issues of research misconduct as required under the terms of the UUK concordat and is establishing a virtual community of individuals involved with promoting good research practice.  REIRG promotes awareness and training in integrity and ethics through the Institute of Academic Development.  This is in addition the training provided at a local school level.REIRG is the University’s point of contact with the UK Research Integrity Office.
​Research Ethics and Integrity reports

The first University's Research Ethics and Integrity report which covered the academic year 2014-15 was approved by Risk Management Committee in November 2016.Annual Research Ethics and Integrity Report (2014 - 2015):

Annual Research Ethics and Integrity Report (2015- 2016):

Annual Research Ethics and Integrity Report (2016-17)
Annual Research Ethics and Integrity Report (2017-18)
Annual Research Ethics and Integrity Report (2018-19)
Annual Research Ethics and Integrity Report (2019-20)

REIRG Membership and Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference for REIRG are regularly reviewed.
REIRG is chaired by the Director of the Research Support Office Dr Lorna Thomson. Its membership includes of two senior members of academic staff, the three College Research Officers, the University Records Manager, and the secretary to Research Policy Group who is a member of Governance and Strategic Planning. REIRG membership also includes staff who provide information, advice and guidance in the area of Health and Health-related research and research involving animals.Research Governance Office provides information, advice and guidance about Health and Health Related research and ensures we meet the highest ethical standards relating to this areas of research.Bioresearch & Veterinary Services provides information, advice and guidance relating to research involving animals and are responsible for the day to day management of the University's facilities, ensuring we adhere to the highest standards of animal welfare.The Head of Researcher Development & Assistant Director at University's Institute for Academic Development (IAD) is a member of REIRG.

Next meeting

REIRG Committee Meeting (Wednesday, 25 January 2023, 3.00pm - 5.00pm)

Previous meeting

REIRG Committee Meeting (Wednesday, 24 August 2022, 3.00pm - 5.00pm)