Responsible research

Research Integrity

All staff, students, honorary appointees and visitors are expected to conduct research at the University of Melbourne ethically and responsibly.


Intellectual Property

You should discuss with your supervisors as early as possible any conditions that may apply to the Intellectual Property (IP) in your research project. Any conditions related to the IP should be documented. If you have any concerns or questions, consult the University of Melbourne IP Policy and get in touch with Intellectual Property & Technology Licensing.

The University makes no claim on your IP, other than IP which is the subject of a third-party agreement (eg. a research grant funding agreement or a research contract with an external sponsor). If you're working on collaborative or team-based projects, you need to ensure that the rights associated with joint contribution are respected and documented. We strongly recommend that you discuss with your supervisors and an advisor in the Intellectual Property Portfolio team whether the intellectual property in your project is subject to a third party agreement, and/or whether your IP is jointly owned by other research team members or collaborators..

If you're working on a project that is the subject of a third-party agreement with an external organisation, the University owns all IP (other than 'scholarly works') that is created by working on such a project (subject to the rights of creators as set out in the Graduate Research Training Policy and the Academic Board Regulation Part 7). This is regardless of whether or not you're receiving a stipend or part-stipend from the external organisation. If the University commercialises or benefits from the commercialisation of the IP, you will share any net proceeds of commercialisation (along with any other University creators of that IP).


Authorship

Authorship is another topic you should discuss and agree with your supervisors as early as possible in candidature. For an explanation of authorship and publication practices, and The University of Melbourne's Authorship Policy Framework, see the Research Ethics and Integrity's wepage on Authorship, and visit the Library's Authorship - Getting published webpage.


Before you contemplate publication of your thesis either online or in print, it is important that you understand both your rights and obligations under copyright.

Some publishers require that you sign an author or publishing agreement. Before signing any agreement, you should make sure that you fully understand the terms and your rights under the agreement. If your thesis includes copyright material created by other people, you must ensure that you have the right to publish this material – discuss this carefully with all persons involved before signing.

While the fair dealing provisions of the Copyright Act allow you to reproduce a limited amount of third party copyright works in your thesis for the purpose of study and research, you cannot rely upon these provisions when you publish the work to the world. If you intend to publish your work, you will generally need to seek permission from the copyright owner as there are only limited provisions in the Copyright Act that allow material to be published without permission.


Research data management

As a graduate researcher you must appropriately record and store your research data. Learn about effective and ethical data research and records, University research policy and tools to manage your research data at Doing Data Better @ Melbourne.

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Ethics applications

All projects requiring the use of human participants, animals, genetically modified organisms or hazardous biological agents must be approved by the appropriate University committee before the work begins. Approval will not be granted retrospectively.


Other regulatory requirements

If your research brings you into contact with children, patients, vulnerable groups or sensitive information, you may need to complete a Police Check or Working with Children Check. Talk to your supervisors or your graduate school to determine whether you need to apply or if you have any questions or concerns about this process.

You may also need to complete specific Environment, Health and Safety training, depending on your project requirements. Visit the Safety website for more information, and visit Risk management and assessment page for specific procedures and forms. Also see the University's Health and safety policies.

If your project requires you to undertake fieldwork in a dangerous location, consider enrolling in the Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places intensive course offered by Melbourne CHSE.


Insurance

The primary objective of the insurance program is to cover the University's business activities. This includes cover for you while you are travelling directly to or from the University, or while you're undertaking University approved teaching and research activities. You are covered while enrolled up to submission of your thesis. For general inquiries and claims, contact the University's Insurance office.

As a graduate research student, you're automatically covered for Personal Accident, Professional Indemnity and Public Liability while undertaking University approved teaching and research activities.

The Personal Accident Insurance provides you with various levels of benefits under the policy – similar to private health funds, including Death and Capital Benefits, Permanent Disability and Non-Medicare Medical Expenses, incurred through accident whilst engaged in activities relating to studies or research including field trips, including the necessary direct travel to and from such activities within Australia.

Benefits only apply for a maximum period of up to 12 months from the date of injury. The Non-Medicare Medical Expenses cover provided do not cover any proportion of medical expenses, for which a Medicare benefit is paid or payable (commonly referred to as the Medicare gap), such as doctor's consultations, surgeon's fees and x-rays, due to section 67 of the National Health Act 1953, as amended.

Conditions applying to non-Medicare medical expenses:

  1. Any benefit payable is less recovery made from Private Health Insurance Fund
  2. No benefit is payable in respect of the Medicare gap between payment made by Medicare and charges incurred.

The Professional Indemnity Insurance, comprises of three sections: Professional Indemnity, Medical Malpractice and Clinical Trials, provides cover for the University, staff and yourself, in the event that you're held to be legally liable arising from your conduct in undertaking the University's (professional) business activities. The principal application for candidates is in respect of the Medical Malpractice cover, where medical and veterinary activities are undertaken. Here, cover is conditional that the particular candidate involved has acted in their capacity as a candidate, whilst under the supervision of a suitably qualified practitioner.

The Public Liability Insurance provides the University, staff and you with cover in the event that you're held to be legally liable for causing:

  • Personal injury
  • (Third party) property damage in connection with your University approved 'teaching and research' activities.

Please note: You are not automatically covered for travel insurance. For information about travel insurance, see Travel and fieldwork.


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