Friday, May 30, 2014

Research Integrity

The recent controversy over the Boston tapes has raised concerns about the protection of research in third level institutions. Clare Daly put a question to the Minister for Education and Science for his views. She received  a written answer on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 as follows
The position is that the higher education institutions are autonomous bodies
and their day to day operations are matters for the governing bodies of each
institution. However, I understand that universities and institutes of
technology have procedures in place to ensure that research undertaken,
including the treatment of confidential information, is in keeping with
accepted good practice. Indeed, many have dedicated ethics committees to
oversee issues such as this. Furthermore, a policy statement on ensuring
research integrity in Ireland will shortly be launched and articulates the
commitment of higher education institutions to the highest standards of
integrity in carrying out their research. This shared statement of commitment
is intended to ensure full confidence in the Irish research system for
participants, other stakeholders and the international research community."
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