Research governance, ethics and integrity

Goldsmiths has structures that ensure the quality and impact of our research and its environment.

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Governing committees and boards

Reporting to the Academic Board, the Research and Enterprise Committee (REC) is a key strategic committee responsible for all aspects of research and enterprise, including research training, research ethics and integrity, and knowledge exchange/transfer activities in partnership with external organisations and businesses.

The Research Ethics Sub-Committee and Postgraduate Research Board are responsible for particular aspects of REC’s overall remit and report to it.

Research ethics

The ethical scrutiny of research conducted by academic staff at Goldsmiths is the responsibility of the Research Ethics Sub-Committee (RESC). RESC scrutinises applications for ethical approval in order to ascertain that the research abides by both general and disciplinary principles and standards of research ethics.

Such principles relate to, for example, harm to human participants, independence of researchers, integrity of research, fidelity to verifiable knowledge, consent to research and use of data, and rights to privacy, confidentiality and anonymity.

Academic researchers have ethical obligations to the people, species and materials they study, to the stakeholders with whom they work, and to the environment within which the research is situated. Such obligations are not only based in the ‘here and now’ but are also oriented to the possibility of future knowledge production by others.

All research projects – that are concerned with living (or recently deceased) beings or with data and materials derived from such beings or that might unduly affect the environment and hence change the lives of beings within that environment - require ethical approval.

Ethical approval applications related to research projects led by undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students are managed by relevant academic departments. Oversight is provided by RESC.

Research integrity

Goldsmiths is a signatory to the Universities UK Concordat to Support Research Integrity and has adopted the UK Research and Integrity Office’s Code of Practice for Research as its institutional Code of Practice on Research Ethics and Integrity.

The Chair of Goldsmiths Research Ethics Sub-Committee (RESC), currently Dr Panagiotis Pentaris Panagiotis.Pentaris(, acts as first point of contact for anyone wanting more information on matters of research integrity and as a confidential liaison for whistle-blowers or anyone else wishing to raise concerns about research integrity.

The formal procedures for dealing with allegations related to research integrity are set out in Goldsmiths Research Misconduct Procedure (PDF) and Goldsmiths Research Misconduct Flowchart (PDF)

Open access

Our statement on open access reflects our unique and specialist nature and its research-intensive status: Goldsmiths statement on open access (PDF)