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Research Integrity webinar series update

26th September 2013

After three successful introductory webinars (attended by over 40 academics from around the globe including countries such as Russia, Japan, Denmark, Norway, Australia, USA and more) on the topic Research Integrity/Responsible Conduct for Research training and how to engage your research community we are progressing the discussion. In the next webinar in the Research Integrity series Professor Nick Steneck asks:

How can we assess the impact of Reseach Integrity training? Sign-up for our seconnd webinar with Prof. Nick Steneck

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Epigeum looks to build Research Integrity community

Last Wednesday (21st August 2013) saw the second in a series of three webinars aimed at university staff who have responsibility for the planning and delivery of Research Integrity (RI) or Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training programs at their respective institutions.

Professor Nick Steneck, Director of the Research Ethics and Integrity Program of the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research and Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Michigan, presented his thoughts on the ways in which the audience could engage researchers in RCR/RI training. To watch an edited, 30-minute version of the webinar click on the link below:

Webinar on Research Integrity

The two webinars (held in July and August) have attracted a wide range of audience members from across the globe including countries such as the USA, UK, Australia, Brazil and Russia. This clearly highlights the international need to address the problem of varying standards of research practice. Epigeum will be hosting one further introductory webinar on the topic, which will take place on the 18th of September, please sign up for this webinar using the registration link below:

Sign-up form for next Research Integrity webinar

In October Epigeum will host a fourth RI webinar which will build upon the first three webinars and cover the topic of 'assessment' in relation to RI/RCR. This is a challenging and sensitive area for research managers, but one which is increasingly important as the political landscape begins to force more and more institutions to ensure that high standards of research are being met.


Statistical Methods for Researchers development underway!

On 25th July, Epigeum’s 12th collaborative workshop took place, for the latest course program entitled ‘Statistical Methods for Researchers’. Development group members from participating universities, Epigeum staff, and the Lead Adviser Sandro Leidi descended upon 170 Queen’s Gate for the event. University representatives provided valuable input regarding the content of the courses and Sandro’s statistical prowess shone through. The workshop was a resounding success – many thanks to all who attended.

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Research Integrity training moving up on the agenda

23rd May 2013

The 3rd World Conference on Research Integrity, sponsored by Epigeum, took place earlier this month from the 5th-8th May in Montreal, Canada. On a balmy Sunday evening in the bilingual UNESCO City of Deisgn (one of twelve with this title*) delegates descended on the Montreal Hyatt from all corners of the globe including Brazil, China, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Denmark, Belgium, Finland and the Netherlands to name but a few. Three days of talks and discussion focusing on the issues of misconduct and poor practice in research ensued, with some fantastic plenary talks including one from Daniel Ariely, Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics (Duke University, USA), summarizing his insights on the human tendency towards cheating: To see him talk about our fascinatingly buggy moral code follow this link.

Opening plenary talks were delivered by Prof. Nick Steneck (University of Michigan, USA), Tony Mayer (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) and Michael Farthing (University of Sussex, UK). Nick Steneck, who has worked with Epigeum on the Research Integrity online programme, framed the issues facing researchers from a historical perspective and highlighted the lack of uniformity in approaches to dealing with cases of research misconduct between countries. In his most recent article in Science, Steneck puts forward the case for a global cooperation in tackling these problems and the benefits of harmonising responsible conduct for research (RCR) training.

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"Global adoption of common goals, content, and delivery mechanisms for RCR would raise awareness of responsible research practices on a uniform basis. Regardless of how they ultimately behave, all researchers should be provided with basic tools for acting responsibly. At present, they are not. Basic training is not available in many countries and unevenly taught even in the United States, where it is required of most researchers."
-Science 3 May 2013: Vol. 340 no. 6132 pp. 552-553 (DOI:10.1126/science.1236373)

Over the three days representatives from Epigeum met with research integrity advisers, policy makers, committee members and executive officers. One clear trend arose from discussions with over fifty delegates and this was that whilst the status quo of research integrity awareness and training in responsible conduct varies drastically from country to country, progress is being made: In Finland the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity has recently published its guidance for 'Responsible conduct of research and procedures for handling allegations of misconduct in Finland' and are now moving on to assessing the level of training across the country; in Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands the situation is similar with universities now looking at their programs and provisions for making researchers aware of their responsibilities.

*In granting Montréal the title City of Design, UNESCO has acknowledged the city’s creative potential in the design disciplines


Teaching Online workshop a great success

26th April 2013

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The Royal Geographical Society (above) was the venue for the latest collaborative workshop hosted by Epigeum. The coming together of authors, reviewers and collaborating universities for the development of the latest programme entitled, Teaching Online, proved to be thoroughly productive and rewarding for all involved.

Below we have encapsulated some key messages from the timeline of the event courtesy of our #epigeum discussion on Twitter:

jennymackness (‏@jennymackness) 17 Apr: An alternative perspective on the meaning of 'open' in Higher Education

Iain MacLaren ‏(@iainmacl) 17 Apr: Busy morning with #epigeum at imperial College

Iain MacLaren ‏(@iainmacl) 16 Apr: #epigeum great to see our entire group throw out learning styles pseudoscience

Nick Noakes ‏(@nnoakes) 16 Apr: #epigeum development group also  has a people who are existing epigeum course users … user group? Mark, Nick, Ian, others?

Victoria Pavry ‏(@EpiEditor) 16 Apr: #epigeum

Victoria Pavry ‏(@EpiEditor) 16 Apr: Time for the breakout sessions! The development group of unis meet course author&reviewers to talk content. #epigeum collaboration at work!

Rhiannon Litterick (‏@RhiannonLitt 16) Apr: Discussing course outlines at the Teaching Online workshop @Epigeum #epigeum

Epigeum tweets ‏(@Epigeum) 16 Apr: @Ben_Hutchens explains how universities can effectively implement #Epigeum courses and notes key considerations

Iain MacLaren (‏@iainmacl) 16 Apr: #epigeum for those new to working in epigeum consortia, let me reassure you the process works

Seb Schmoller (‏@sebschmoller) 16 Apr: Impressed with the technical presentation from @Epigeum about its production methods. It generally signals "these people have got a grip".

Epigeum tweets ‏(@Epigeum) 16 Apr: Head of Production James Connor is giving an overview of how #Epigeum courses can be delivered/customized

Epigeum tweets (‏@Epigeum) 16 Apr: Our head of editorial Victoria Pavry has just delivered an excellent overview of the #Epigeum pedagogy @RGS_IBG

Epigeum tweets ‏(@Epigeum) 15 Apr: Dinner at The Aubrey was a great end to the first day of the #Epigeum workshop for #TeachingOnline

jennymackness ‏(@jennymackness) 15 Apr: Working with @epigeum team in London developing 'Teaching Online' course. Thinking about this in relation to