We are committed to achieving the highest standards of excellence and integrity in our research.
In the pursuit of excellence, it is our responsibility to ensure that our research is conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards.
We provide a research environment that is underpinned by a culture of integrity and based on good governance, best practice and support for the development of researchers. Should allegations of misconduct arise we ensure a transparent, robust and fair response.
Through regular monitoring and reviews of support, policies and procedures we can provide assurances on the suitability and appropriateness of the mechanisms in place to ensure the excellence and integrity of our research.
Scientific Integrity Statement
We have a responsibility to ensure that the funds it disperses are properly spent, in accordance with the law, funder requirements and in the public interest. Researchers have a duty to their profession, to the John Innes Centre and to research funders, to conduct their research according to best scientific practice and the highest professional standards.
We expect all researchers, be they staff, students or visitors, to abide by national, European and international professional standards of research integrity. This includes:
Honesty and fairness in:
- Reporting on research methods and procedures
- Presentation of research goals, intentions and findings
- Gathering data
- Conveying valid interpretations and making justifiable claims based on research findings
- Use and acknowledgement of the work of other researchers
Accuracy and rigour in:
- Conducting research and using appropriate methods
- Adhering to an agreed protocol where appropriate
- Record keeping of primary data
- Drawing interpretations and conclusions from the research
- Communicating the results and clarifying what conclusions are based on
Openness and Transparency in:
- Making research findings widely available, including sharing negative results as appropriate
- Presenting the work to other researchers and to the general public
- Declaring conflicts of interest beyond their own scientific integrity
- The reporting of research data collection methods
- The analysis and interpretation of data
- Accountability for actions
- Conducting research in keeping with academic freedom, regardless of funder of the research
- The independence of other colleagues and team members
- All participants in and subjects of research, including humans, animals, the environment and cultural objects
- The stewardship of research and scholarship for future generations
Cooperation and collegiality in scientific interactions
Our researchers are supported to uphold these core principles through the institute’s positive action to:
- Provide clear policies and procedures, and where necessary, training and guidance on research integrity
- Undertake a regular internal oversight process
- Ensure there are suitable mechanisms for reviewing ethical issues raised by research
- Use transparent, robust and fair processes to deal with allegations of research misconduct
- Reasonably defend researchers who abide by high standards, and any individual who reports misconduct
Modern slavery and human trafficking statement
We are a truly international organisation, employing staff from more than 24 countries. Our culture is inclusive and equitable. We were the first institution to hold an Athena Swan Gold award.
In the pursuit of excellence, it is our responsibility to ensure that our research is conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards. We provide a research environment that is underpinned by a culture of integrity and based on good governance, best practice and support for the development of researchers.
As a registered charity, John Innes Centre has a responsibility to ensure that the funds it disperses are properly spent, in accordance with the law, funder requirements and in the public interest. We support the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and we are committed to carrying out procurement activities in an environmentally, socially, ethically and economically responsible manner.
Our supply chains fall mainly under five ‘super-categories’, which are:
- Laboratory Consumables and Equipment
- Library Resources
- Professional Services
- ICT Equipment and Services
- Estates Goods and Services
A significant amount of our procurement is undertaken through our membership of the London Universities Purchasing Consortium(LUPC), a non-profit professional buying organisation owned by its Members. LUPC is a leader in promoting respect for human rights in public supply chains and is committed to supporting the UK Government’s National Action Plan, to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
The principal categories which LUPC deems as carrying material risks are laboratory consumables, ICT equipment and some estates services, such as cleaning and security services. LUPC has focused on these highest risk categories by running pilot due diligence projects in laboratory gloves, cleaning services and security services, and by maintaining its affiliation to monitoring organisation Electronics Watch.
During 2018 we will
- Work with our current suppliers to get a better understanding of the actions they are taking to ensure compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015
- Review our processes for identifying potential suppliers to the institute and ensure that there is clear guidance to all those who engage suppliers regarding modern slavery
This statement has been approved and published by the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Stuart Holmes and will be reviewed at least annually.