My name is Professor David Currow. I am Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Sustainable Futures) here at the University of Wollongong.
I would like to begin by acknowledging the traditional custodians of the lands on which we meet today and pay my respects to Elders past, present and emerging and welcome all people from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander backgrounds who are here today.
At the University of Wollongong we are committed to maintaining and promoting high standards of integrity and ethical responsibility in our research culture and community. This means ensuring our research is methodologically rigorous; that research participants and colleagues are treated fairly; that research is culturally safe; and that resources are used responsibly.
The framework for research integrity in Australia is set out in the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research which establishes the fundamental principles for research integrity. All researchers, including undergraduate and postgraduate students engaged in research, are expected to understand and comply with these principles. At UOW, it is our responsibility to provide training designed to introduce the concepts and practical application of research integrity. In addition to training, a network of Research Integrity Advisors is available to provide information and guidance when you need it.
Researching with integrity is both complex and vitally important. All researchers will deal with integrity related challenges and decisions throughout the research journey, from project conception to publication and long-term data storage. As you embark on, or continue, your research at UOW, I ask you to reflect on the type of researcher you want to be, and to commit to maintaining a responsible and trusted research community at this University.