2. The Purpose and Value of the GRIP Policy
To raise awareness:
- about good R&I practices;
- about the mutually dependent relationship between excellence and integrity.
To strengthen R&I activities by:
- facilitating the achievement of excellence; practising R&I with integrity encourages one to be as skilful and careful as possible, to be rigorous throughout, to be respectful towards anyone involved in and/or affected by the R&I, and to act responsibly;
- providing a tool that aids decision-making by:
- clarifying the University’s expectations concerning good R&I principles and practices;
- heightening risk awareness and, thereby, reducing the risks to those involved in and/or affected by R&I activities;
- facilitating R&I collaborations through contributing to developing a shared understanding of what good R&I practices mean across all disciplines; and
- strengthening the quality of R&I funding applications, for example by demonstrating rigorous project design, including a plans for managing research data.
To support the University’s R&I environment by:
- clarifying how to undertake R&I activities with integrity without being inappropriately prescriptive;
- codifying, and making explicit, the University’s position on good R&I practices;
- reinforcing the University’s R&I culture through introducing defensible standards of practice which encourage researchers to think critically about the implications of their actions;
- encouraging individual researchers to be advocates and models for undertaking R&I activities to the highest standards;
- facilitating open discussions about good R&I practices; and
- providing an educational tool for research-led teaching, and for mentors and trainers.
To burnish the University’s reputation:
- by conveying clearly the University’s commitment to high quality, transparent and accountable R&I activities.