|Quality / Ethics / RH Strategy||Tweeter|
Research is of quality
... if it contributes to increase knowledge on a given subject
... if it is undertaken with rigour and methodically
... if it produces publishable results, in the form of works, articles, patents
... if it is recognised by peers or by authorised specialists
... if it interests and re-interests those who support it
... if it produces expected, verifiable and reproducible results
... if it produces unexpected, verifiable and reproducible results
... if, when it does not produce any results, the reasons for this can be explained
ULg implements, through specific projects, but also by its participation in local or larger working groups, the application of quality processes in research. It trains its young researchers - especially PhD students - to this rigorous analysis, and it provides them with the tools to implement it. A good example is the laboratory book.
Ethics contribute not only to the quality but also to the legitimization of research : a moral code demonstrates, to citizens and to funding bodies, that the world of research is able to develop its own tools in order to guarantee work is carried out responsibly.
ULg adheres to a Belgian Code for Ethical Academic Research and demands that this code be observed, without reservations, by all researchers, in all forms of research and whatever the source of funding.
The key words are :
- Rigour and caution
- Independance and impartiality
By signing up, in 2006, to the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, ULg has committed itself to an important process in support of its policy of quality and excellence. It is, in fact, about gradually putting into practice the recommendations of the European Commission, to make the University more attractive for excellent researchers, both those who are already here and those who might wish to come.
The University has gone even further by publishing its own analysis of its strengths and weaknesses and its action plan, in the form of its "Human Resources Strategy for Research, incorporating the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers" approved by the Board of Directors on 17/11/2010.