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How does information security affect my research project?

The University has a responsibility and is committed to ensuring that the research conducted by its staff and students maintains the highest possible standards of integrity. The University Research Code of Practice provides guidelines on the standards of work performance and ethical conduct expected of all persons engaged in research at the University of Warwick. This code is linked to other policies and regulations, including the Code of Practice for the Investigation of Research Misconduct , Financial Procedure 13 (covering Patenting and Commercial Exploitation of Research), Whistleblowing Code of Practice and Data Protection Guidelines, Freedom of Information Guidelines, Health and Safety Policy & Guidelines and provides an appropriate set of criteria to establish a framework which promotes good research practice and creates a culture in which integrity in research can be observed.

The University's Regulation 31 details acceptable use of University IT facilities and provides guidance on what would be considered as unacceptable behaviour, including but not exclusive to the following:

  • Viewing, creating, transmitting or storing images, data or other material which could be considered offensive, obsene, indecent or defamatory
  • Creating or transmitting material with the intent to cause annoyance or inconvenience to others
  • Create, download or transmit material that infringes on the copyright of another person or organisation
If colleagues are unsure whether their research activities and the materials they are using constitute unacceptable behaviour, they should consult with Human Resources or the Secretary to Council's Office.

If, as part of academic activity, access is required to material which the University could consider to be in breach of the acceptable use statement in the Information Security Framework and Regulation 31, prior permission should be sought in writing from the Registrar or his/her nominee.

UKRI has also published its Common Principles on Data Policy which sets out a commitment to transparency.