Following good research practice
Research Skills required by PhD students B3: Following good research practice....
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B3: Demonstrate appreciation of standards of good research practice in their institution and/or discipline
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By the time students complete a PhD, they should be able to answer ‘Yes’ to most of these questions.
- Does your university have a Code of Practice for Research? Have you read it?
- Could you describe and explain it to someone?
- Can you list at least three of its key principles relevant to your research?
- Can you do the same with Codes of Good Practice from the Research Councils and/or Professional Bodies supporting research in your field?
- Do you comply with safe working practices in terms of your general behaviour around campus and beyond?
- Can you articulate what it means to 'behave professionally' in terms of professional etiquette, duty of care, and responsible practice?
- Can you enumerate those to whom you have a 'duty of care', such as research subjects, colleagues, and the public?
- Can you describe your duty of care to each?
- Can you describe your responsibilities in contexts such as the following:
- submitting papers for publication
- representing the university at conferences and other public events
- conducting research outside your university
- being a member of a research group
- collaborating on a multi-institution research project
Evidence of this skill
These are examples of documents you can collect. Each implies a piece or work, which may be a good way for you to develop this skill.
- Records of the Codes of Practice that apply to your research, and clear notes on their implications for you.
- Examples of a rigorous and systematic method of record keeping.
This page is based upon material produced by The Open University’s research school to support doctoral students.