University of Stirling

Research Office Best Practice Guide


The Stirling Code of Good Research Practice

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Our Code of Good Research Practice draws on a number of different sources (such as the good practice guides & policy statements of a number of organisations). We have tried to make the information contained in these documents easier to access, and to provide a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide for staff and research students. The sources used include:

  • Research Councils
  • Government departments
  • The National Health Service (NHS)
  • International research associations & societies
  • Charitable organisations
  • UK and European legislation


We have designed this Code of Good Research Practice to support research at our University, to help our researchers when issues arise and to promote ethical research practices. It contains links & references to important legislation, professional guidelines and University policies & strategies. It should be read in conjunction with the University Charter, Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations (which, in the event of any conflict, take precedence). For more information about the Code, please see our Introduction page.

You can find individual “chapters” (so you can save, or print off, the sections relevant to you and look at them later), and a copy of the complete Code, on our Downloads page. Downloadable chapters are also located within the relevant sections of this website.


This guide is composed of distinctive sections, including relevant links to current policies and guidelines for good practice in research, including information directly relevant to research staff and students in their daily activities;