Research is the attempt to discover and understand the world we live in by widening our perspective on society and nature. Research is, moreover, a socially agreed cooperative activity in the pursuit of knowledge. That pursuit is the general good that gives research meaning and legitimacy, and is complemented by the specific goods associated with individual areas of inquiry such as health, justice and efficiency.
In addition to these primary goods, researchers may and do legitimately pursue external or secondary goods deriving from the pursuit and achievement of knowledge, such as prestige, recognition, a respectable salary and professional advancement.
Research is one of the defining characteristics of the work done by universities and an essential part of their basic functions: to create, develop, communicate and critically evaluate knowledge, method and culture; to equip researchers with the knowledge and skills necessary to advance professionally; and to communicate and transfer knowledge in the interests of culture, quality of life and economic development.
Accordingly, UDC should seek to promote research, establish the personal, material and institutional conditions necessary to ensure that the research produced is of a high standard, and help to consolidate an ethical culture in all aspects of research practice.
The UDC Code of Research Ethics provides researchers with a guide to responsible research practice, as encapsulated by the value, principle and virtue of research integrity.