Research practice training and tests

All PGRs should complete the academic integrity, research integrity and research ethics training, whatever stage you are at in your studies.  

Academic integrity reflects a commitment to good study practices and shared values. It ensures your work is a true expression of your personal understanding and original ideas, while giving credit to others for their contributions.  

Research integrity involves conducting research in such a way to establish trust in your methods and findings. It encompasses researchers' values and behaviours, resulting in high-quality, ethically sound, and rigorous research across all stages, from project planning to dissemination of outcomes.  

Research Ethics centres on safeguarding the well-being of individuals, animals, society, and the environment impacted by your research. In conjunction with legal requirements, it encompasses the ethics peer review process to prevent potential harm and assess any risks, ensuring ethical considerations guide your research endeavours.  

We understand that you will already have experience in producing academic work and are likely to be familiar with the practices and conventions covered in the training.  Some of this content might also be familiar to you if you completed your undergraduate or taught postgraduate studies at Leeds.  Nevertheless, the training will ensure that your formal assessments at the transfer and thesis examination stages meet the University’s academic integrity and research integrity expectations.      

For new PGRs, completing the academic integrity tutorial and test, and the online tutorials in research integrity and research ethics should be included in your training plan agreed between you and your supervisors within the first three months, and the should be completed within the first six months of study (nine months for part-time study) before the First formal progress review stage.  

Academic integrity tutorial and test  

The PGR academic integrity tutorial will give you an overview of academic integrity, and what good academic practice means during your research degree at Leeds. It will cover:  

  • Definitions and expectations of academic integrity  
  • Good academic and study practices  
  • Referencing, citing, and quoting  
  • Note making and summarising  
  • Plagiarism and other forms of academic malpractice  
  • Sources of advice and support  

The tutorial will take about 20 minutes to complete and at the end there is a test to check your understanding  

You can access the resources through the PGR academic integrity tutorial and test Minerva organisation.  All PGRs (both new and continuing) will be automatically enrolled onto this tutorial.     

To access the tutorial:  

Log in to Minerva with your usual student university IT account details.  

Select ‘Organisations’ from the left hand menu. 

  

Select the ‘PGR Academic Integrity Tutorial and Test’ organisation. 

 

Select ‘PGR Academic Integrity’ (under ‘Organisation Content’). 

You will then have the option to launch the tutorial. At the end of the tutorial there will be a test containing eight questions. You must score full marks to pass the test; you can take the test as many times as you need to. Passing the test will record the tutorial as “complete” in Minerva  

If you have any trouble accessing the tutorial, please check that you have completed registration. After completing registration, please wait at least one day to try again, and if you are still having difficulty, please log a ticket with IT.     

Research integrity and research ethics online training  

This training is designed to help you explore what research integrity means and your responsibilities as a researcher in maintaining standards of good research practice.  The resource encourages your reflection on why research integrity matters and how to tackle challenges you may face on your research journey. This training also introduces your responsibility to fully consider the ethical implications of your work, apply the core principles of research integrity and how to apply for ethical approval (as appropriate to your project).  The ethics review process should be approached as a positive experience and not a barrier to your research.  Alongside the training, please talk to your supervisor about research ethics and the possible requirement for ethical approval before starting your project. You can read more on the Ethics review page of the For Students website.  

You can access the Research Integrity and Research Ethics training through the OD&PL Training Catalogue.