Ethics & Integrity

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We provide support and advice so you can manage your research ethically and with integrity.

A commitment to the responsible and ethical conduct of research is fundamental to all our research endeavours at the University of Melbourne. It underpins our research relationships with collaborators and partners and is supported by robust systems of review and comprehensive education and training programs.

The University’s Office of Research Ethics and Integrity (OREI) provides guidance and systems to support researchers and plays a vital role in protecting and strengthening the University’s research reputation by:

  • managing research processes and systems that ensure we maintain the highest ethical and integrity standards
  • playing an educative role and assisting researchers with, for example:
    • ethics application guidance
    • conflict of interest advice
    • research best-practice seminars that meet our regulatory and legislative obligations.
    • understanding the application of national frameworks for ethical research and the code for the responsible
    • conducting of research
  • investigating allegations of research misconduct, ensuring the University maintains the highest standards.

Robust and consistent ethical review is a cornerstone of research integrity and safeguards the rigour and reputation of our research.  We uphold our ethical obligations for:

  • conducting research with humans and animals
  • responding to public expectations regarding responsible research
  • responding to heightened scrutiny and audit by external regulators.

Our ethics committees welcome participation from members of the public. Please contact us if you are interested in joining one of our animal ethics or human research ethics committees.

Find out more about OREI, including reporting of research conduct concerns and information on animal welfare and how we support compliance with other regulatory and legislative schemes.

More information can also be found on the Research Gateway, which is available to all University of Melbourne academic and honorary staff, graduate researchers and professional staff.  Please note, to access the Research Gateway, you will need to login with your University of Melbourne username and password.

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