Aston’s Research Strategy sets out our ambitious plans to grow and develop our research base.

The University has developed a strong reputation for working closely with industry, the professions, and other stakeholders and for the strong focus on providing solutions to real problems of industry, and addressing societal challenges with high impact research. Since our creation in 1895, we have been an integral part of our region and its employers, advancing knowledge in a relevant and meaningful manner. To find out more please see our research strategy.

Our Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, Professor Mike Caine, provides the strategic direction and leadership for all our research. He is supported by the Aston University Research Integrity Office (AURIO), as well as our research and ethics committees. The Research Integrity Office provides support and advice for all researchers on research ethics, research governance and good research practice at Aston University. The team includes:

Becky Case - Research, Integrity and Governance Manager: Oversees the Aston University Research Integrity Office (AURIO), including the development, implementation and awareness raising of the University's policies in respect of research ethics, research integrity, open science and the Human Tissue Act. Designated Individual for the Human Tissue Authority licence.

Matt Richards - Research Integrity Officer: First point of contact for queries relating to research governance, integrity and human tissue work. Leads on study support for research involving the NHS for which Aston is sponsor. Secretary to University Research Integrity and Ethics Committee (URIEC) and HTA Oversight Group.

Hannah Smart - Research Ethics Officer: Oversees administration of all three college research ethics committees (CRECs) at Aston, including providing guidance and support for applicants, reviewers, and Chairs. First point of contact for College level research ethics applications and queries relating to ethics approval.

Formal complaints of research misconduct, including from current Aston staff and students who feel they have been affected by research misconduct, should be reported to Matt via email. To find out more, please visit our Research Misconduct page. Information about how we support our researchers with matters of research integrity, ethics and governance can be found on the pages below.