Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Hefce's Purse Strings May Be Tied to Concordat

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Hefce's Purse Strings May Be Tied to Concordat

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Universities could be forced to sign up to the proposed Concordat to Support Research Integrity as a condition of public funding under proposals being considered by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

The concordat is being developed by Universities UK and research funders, and a draft was published in April. It sets out the standards required of researchers, funders and universities, but makes clear that primary responsibility for policing misconduct rests with institutions.

A paper prepared for Hefce's board meeting on 30 April and published late last month invited the board to approve a plan, subject to consultation, to introduce compliance with the concordat as part of the financial memorandum universities sign with Hefce.

A Hefce spokesman said the plan was subject to confirmation once the final version of the document, expected in July, was published.

The paper says the move would "provide assurance to the government and the ... public that public funding for research is used with integrity and that appropriate mechanisms are in place to identify and respond to . …

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