The purpose of research governance is to ensure that all research, undertaken by both staff and students, is carried out to the highest standards.

Good practice guidelines and responsibilities

With an established set of guidelines on Good Practice in Research (Word Doc.) we provide a framework for the highest standards of personal conduct in research. These minimum standards are applicable to all staff and students in addition to their Professional or Funding body requirements and legislation.

Responsibility for good research conduct at UEA rests with the Research Executive led by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation). All research carried out at the University of East Anglia is underpinned by our Research Ethics Policy (PDF).


Principles and standards of integrity and ethical practice

Any proposed research and innovation activity and acceptance of any associated external funding need to be consistent with the University’s stated principles and standards of integrity and ethical practice which was approved by Council in March 2017.


Research conduct

If there are any allegations of unacceptable behaviour in the conduct of research by our staff or students the University has a Public Interest Disclosure (whistleblowing) Policy  and a Procedure for Dealing with Allegations of Misconduct in Research (PDF) is followed. 


Animal Research

UEA carries out animal research to further our understanding of human diseases that have the most detrimental impact on human health and quality of life. The University is committed to meeting the highest standards of animal welfare and care, adhering to the full UK and EU legal frameworks and is also a signatory to the Concordat on Openness in Animal Research.


Health and Social Care Research

For our health and social care research that involves human participants, we combine our existing high standards with those additionally required by the Research Governance Framework for Health and Social Care, published by the Department of Health and which came into effect in April 2004. We have Joint Office arrangements with the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Trust to manage our research governance responsibilities for this group of studies.


Further information

For any queries, please contact Research and Innovation Services at UEA: researchandenterprise@uea.ac.uk.  For staff and students of the University, UEA's governance policies, procedures and associated guidelines are available on the Research and Innovation Services Research Integrity intranet pages.