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Research Integrity Seminar: High quality research and a healthy research culture

Thursday 13 February 14:30 until 17:00
AH-101 Ashdown House, University of Sussex
Speaker: James Parry

In recent years, growing attention has been paid to how research is carried out. What are the standards for research and are researchers meeting them? What are the practical and ethical challenges posed by emerging fields of research, and by new methods and opportunities in existing areas of study? Do pressures with the system incentivise researchers to cut corners or worse? Funders and policymakers are focusing not only on grants and impact, but also on ‘research culture’ – environments that promote the conduct of high quality and ethical research.

James Parry, Chief Executive of the UK Research Integrity Office, will discuss if research standards are as straightforward to achieve as we sometimes think they are. The session will explore how to reduce the likelihood of avoidable mistakes and mitigate against so-called ‘pressure to publish’, and how to promote a research culture where good practice and collegiality are the norm.


James is Chief Executive of the UK Research Integrity Office. Joining UKRIO in 2006, he took up his current role in 2008, overseeing UKRIO’s transition to a registered charity supported by more than 90 research organisations.

He directs UKRIO’s work programme and leads its advisory service, responding to queries and concerns about research practice from researchers and the public. He helped develop UKRIO’s Code of Practice for Research and other publications, used by many leading research organisations.

James works with UKRIO’s subscribers to provide them with tailored support on research practice. He regularly speaks on how to sustain and enhance research integrity; audiences have included the Royal Society, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, the Irish National Forum on Research Integrity, the UK Research Integrity Forum and the World Conference on Research Integrity.

James has collaborated in numerous initiatives to support research integrity. He contributed to the Royal Society-UKRIO project Integrity in Practice, a tool kit examining ways to effect positive change to research culture, and is an Observer on the Concordat Signatories Group, helping with the revision of the UK Concordat to Support Research Integrity.

Prior to joining UKRIO, James worked as an archaeologist and a university administrator.

All staff and postgraduate research students are welcome to attend, so please forward to any colleagues or students who might be interested. Tea and coffee will be provided at the event from 2.15pm onwards.

Attendance is free but numbers are limited, so please book a place via

Please note that the event will commence at 14:30 but please join us from 14:15 for tea and coffee.

By: Louise Spenceley
Last updated: Wednesday, 18 December 2019