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Following good research practice

Research Skills required by PhD students B3: Following good research practice....

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4 March 2010

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.

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