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Research integrity and ethics

As a research student of the University of Sydney, you are expected to contribute to a culture of responsible research.

Our Research Code of Conduct (pdf, 484KB) outlines the University’s policy for responsible research. Your responsibilities as a researcher include:

  • honesty and integrity
  • respect for human research participants, animals and the environment
  • good management of public resources used to conduct research
  • appropriate acknowledgement of the role of others in research
  • responsible communication of research results.

It’s important that you understand any ethical implications, regulations or statutory guidelines that relate to your proposed research. The Ethics and integrity section of the intranet provides key information and advice on these matters.

Research Integrity – Fostering a culture of research excellence at Sydney

Our researchers share their experiences with conducting responsible research and who you can contact if you have any questions.

Research integrity

The Research Integrity team provides advice and support to researchers to ensure all research at the University complies with relevant government acts and codes of practice. They manage the process relating to any complaints or allegations of research misconduct. You can find information on codes and guidelines that may affect your research on our research integrity site.


Depending on the nature of your research, you may need to gain approval from an ethics review body before you commence your research.

If you are undertaking human research, the human ethics team can provide support and information about approvals required and the application process.

Human research is generally any project where the researcher:

  • administers questionnaires or surveys
  • conducts interviews or focus groups
  • investigates or observes human behaviour
  • uses data
  • conducts any experimentation involving humans.

If your research involves the use of animals, the animal ethics team can support you through the relevant approval process.

Animal research is generally any project involving live animals. This includes observational studies of animals in their natural environment.

You need to allow plenty of time to obtain ethics approval. The committee responsible for giving approval meet regularly to review submissions. You may also be required to make small adjustments and resubmissions to the relevant committee before approval is given.

Research integrity and ethics training

The research integrity and ethics teams provide a range of online training modules including:

These modules can be accessed online, either through Canvas or Workday.

Depending on your faculty or school requirements, you may be automatically enrolled in Human and Animal Ethics training modules. If you are not automatically enrolled, you can request enrolment on the ‘Courses’ page of Canvas.

Clinical trials

Clinical trials conducted in Australia have significant regulatory requirements. You will need authorisation for any clinical trials you conduct as part of your research.

The University’s Clinical Trial Governance office is responsible for assessing the suitability of clinical trials and can provide you with information about what is required.

Academic Integrity

You can find information and resources on academic integrity. This includes our code of conduct for students, academic honesty and matters relating to undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students.

Administration Research Integrity and Ethics

  • +61 2 8627 8174 (Animal Ethics)
  • +61 2 9036 9161 (Human Ethics general enquiries)
  • +61 2 8627 8173 (Assistance with Human Ethics IRMA and Annual Reports)
  • +61 2 8627 8176 (Research Ethics Management)
  • Level 3 Michael Spence Building F23
Last updated: 01 November 2023

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