ACU (Australian Catholic University)

Role of Research Integrity Advisors

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Australian Research Council (ARC) have announced the members of the Australian Research Integrity Committee (ARIC), a new independent body to ensure transparency and accountability in research. The ARIC is being jointly established by the ARC and NHMRC and its role is to review the processes by which institutions, including universities, medical research institutes and hospitals, investigate allegations of research misconduct, ensuring any investigation meets the requirements in the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2007) - (ARC website 110127).

The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research Part B (2007) requires institutions to appoint a designated person, other than the Vice Chancellor, to whom allegations of research misconduct must be directed, and one or more persons as Advisors in research integrity. The Vice Chancellor is the person to whom a designated person reports about issues of research misconduct. The designated person is the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) whose role in these matters is to receive written advice about research misconduct and to investigate the allegation.

Requirements for Research Integrity Advisors (RIAs)

  • Advisors of research integrity are expected to be experienced, independent senior mentors.
  • Advisors should be people with research experience, wisdom, analytical skills, empathy, knowledge of the institution’s policy and management structure, and familiarity with the accepted practices in research.
  • RIAs will need to be fully aware of the requirements and responsibilities for the conduct of research as outlined in the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.
  • The RIA role is to advise on matters relating to the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and for University policies relating to research conduct which reflect Australian Code requirements.
  • RIAs provide advice to staff members who may be unsure about a research conduct issue and may be considering making an allegation, about the options available to them.
  • RIAs should not be involved in a case, contact the subject of the (proposed) allegation, or investigate or assess the allegation.
  • RIAs are not permitted to offer advice if s/he has a relevant conflict of interest. Other RIAs need to be available to provide advice when a conflict or interest has been identified with the original allocated RIA.

Research Integrity Advisors at ACU

The University Research Committee confirmed at its 7 February 2011 meeting that the Faculty Associate Dean Research be appointed as a Research Integrity Advisor for each Faculty. These Advisors are as follows:

ACU Faculty Research Integrity Advisor Name
Education and Arts

Professor Tim Scrase

Professor Deb Keen

Business and Law
Professor Lynne Bennington
Health Sciences Professor Janet Hiller
Theology and Philosophy Associate Professor James McLaren


Further Information

Additional information about the role and responsibilities of these Advisors, the Research Integrity Committee and the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research is available at the Australian Research Council.

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