Research Integrity Advisors
What are RIAs?
RIAs are experienced researchers who have undertaken further training in research integrity. The role of RIAs at RMIT University is to assist in the promotion and fostering of responsible research conduct and provide advice to those with questions or concerns about the responsible conduct of research.
RIAs have an understanding of the policies and codes that provide guidance for research integrity at RMIT
The role of RIAs is only to provide advice. RIAs do not have an investigative or determinative role in dealing with potential breaches of research integrity.
When should you speak to an RIA?
If you have any questions or concerns about the conduct of research at the University (or elsewhere), then you should speak to an RIA.
It may be that you think authorship on a publication hasn't been fairly decided, you’re not sure whether a methodology is appropriate, you suspect someone is making up results, or you believe someone has stolen your original work. If it relates to the conduct of research and you feel uncertain about it, then you should speak to an RIA.
RIAs are also aware of other University processes, like those for dealing with bullying and discrimination.
Meeting with an RIA
Before the meeting
Like all members of the University, RIAs have a responsibility to report serious breaches of research integrity. This means that we cannot say that the discussions that you might have with
If you wish to maintain the confidentiality of a situation, think about how you can describe the situation hypothetically. This means that the RIA does not have enough information to identify the people involved and so can't refer the matter further, but can still provide you with the right advice about the best next steps.
This might feel like a tricky discussion to have, but the RIAs are experienced at these discussions and understand where the boundary is between something that they need to report themselves or where they can leave it up to you.
You should also think about any evidence that you have access to that will help the RIA make a proper assessment of the situation. For example, written agreements, drafts of manuscripts or altered images. It isn't your job to collect all the evidence but if there are things that you can get hold of it will be helpful.
During the discussion
The RIA will listen to you and will ask questions so that she or he has enough information to offer you some advice. You might wish to bring someone along with you as a 'support person'. The RIA may also have someone with them to help take notes so that they can concentrate on the discussion with you.
After the discussion
After the discussion, your RIA will provide you with advice. Sometimes your RIA may need to consult with other experts in the University about the best way to proceed and to make sure that you are getting the best advice. This may take a couple of days. The RIA will make sure that these discussions are discreet and won't be 'broadcasting' any details. This is another reason why we can't say that the discussions held between RIAs and people seeking their advice are confidential, but it certainly doesn't mean that the discussion will become widely known or talked about.
Sometimes, the RIA may refer you to other parts of the University.
Contact an RIA
Any RMIT staff member can contact any of the below RIAs. You are not required to speak to one in your school (or to the RIA in a school equivalent to an RMIT Vietnam school).
|Area||Research Integrity Advisors|
|College of Business|
|School of Management||Professor Adela McMurray|
|School of Business IT and Logistics||Professor Alemayehu Molla|
|Graduate School of Business and Law||Associate Professor Marta Poblet Balcell|
|School of Accounting||Professor Alan Lowe|
|College of Science, Engineering and Health|
|School of Engineering||Distinguished Professor Arnan Mitchell|
|School of Engineering||Distinguished Professor Irene Yarovsky|
|School of Engineering||Associate Professor Majidreza Nazem|
|School of Engineering||Professor Naba Dutta|
|School of Engineering||Associate Professor Olga Troynikov|
|School of Science||Professor Mark Shortis|
|School of Science||Professor Andrew Greentree|
|School of Health and Biomedical Sciences||Professor Emilio Badoer|
|College of Design and Social Context|
School of Architecture and Urban Design
|School of Fashion and Textiles|
|School of Global, Urban and Social Studies||Dr Chris Maylea|
|School of Media and Communications||Associate Professor Catherine Gomes|
RIAs can be used as an initial resource for support and advice. You can also seek advice from the Research Integrity team at firstname.lastname@example.org.