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Engineering Library: Academic Integrity

Information about the Department of Engineering Library, including information for researchers

Academic Integrity

The following information is intended as a guide to research ethics and does not constitute legal advice.

"The University of Cambridge is committed to achieving excellence in research and scholarship. The pursuit of excellent research and the fulfilment of our responsibilities to participants in research, research users and the wider community require the maintenance of the highest standards of integrity and ethics". (University of Cambridge Research Integrity Statement)

"In all circumstances, researchers should act with rigour, honesty and integrity in all their scientific work. They are also required to have respect for life, public good and the law. They have to ensure that their work is justified, minimising any adverse effect their work may have on people, animals and the environment. It is the researcher’s responsibility to seek further guidance in case of doubt". (School of Technology Ethical Code for Research)

Research ethics and research integrity are serious issues. All researchers should consider the ethical context of the research being carried out and be able to justify decisions to the wider academic community. This page will help you to understand some of the ethical issues that you should think about in order to become an ethical researcher, from dealing with personal data and ensuring informed consent to the handling of results and citing the works of others correctly.

This module aims to help you get think about the ethical considerations of your research by introducing you to the Department of Engineering ethical review process and investigating some case study scenarios.

The Engineering Library team offer support and advice on academic integrity, so feel free to contact us if you have any questions. If you want to book a one-to-one session for personalised support, please use our Booking Form.

For more detailed guidance, please consult the Research Strategy Office website.

Skills for the Informed Engineer Digital Badges

Completion of the Ethics Case Study Scenarios activity in this module fulfils the requirement for the Engineering Integrity badge and counts towards the Informed Engineer badge.

Badges will be awarded at the end of each Term.

Department of Engineering Ethical Review Process

The Department of Engineering has an ethical review process through which every research project in the Department is expected to go. Ethical considerations should be thought about in the planning, design, and carrying out of the research. For more information, see the Research and Finance Ethics page or watch the short video below.

Activity: Ethics Case Study Scenarios

Issues surrounding research ethics can seem daunting but this activity should give you a chance to start thinking about some of the areas you will need to consider.

In the quiz below, read each case study scenario, and try to identify the main ethical issues involved.

Completion of the Ethics Case Study Scenarios activity on this page fulfils the requirement for the Ethical Researcher badge and counts towards the Informed Engineer badge.

Badges will be awarded at the end of each Term.



Academic Integrity resources

More detailed central University guidance on research ethics and integrity can be found via the Research Governance Office.

Read the School of Technology’s Ethical Code for Research in full.

See the Engineering Research and Finance page for the Department’s Ethical Review Process.

For guidance on avoiding plagiarism through referencing, see our Information Skills module on Referencing.

The Plagiarism LibGuide also offers guidance on good academic practice.

The Information Commissioner's Office is the UK's independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest.

For further guidance on anonymising data, see the UK Anonymisation Network.

To find out more information on legal and ethical issues, see the guidance from the UK Data Service.


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