Research Integrity Officer Appointed

Professor Mary O'Sullivan

Professor Mary O’Sullivan has been appointed as Research Integrity Officer (RIO) for the University of Limerick. This role is an important appointment to ensure UL is positioned to respond to the changing environment through a focus on national and international policy in the area of research governance.

Reporting to the President, the Research Integrity Officer assists the university to put in place appropriate policies and practices regarding adherence to principles of research integrity. Research integrity relates to the performance of research to the highest standards of professionalism and rigour, and to the accuracy and integrity of the research record in publications and elsewhere.

The Research Integrity Officer is the first point of contact for receiving allegations of research misconduct and initiates the procedure for managing misconduct in research as outlined in the UL Research Integrity Policy as approved by academic council.  The appointment of a Research Integrity Officer is in line with National Policy Statement on Ensuring Research Integrity in Ireland.

An experienced academic and researcher, Professor O’Sullivan is a former Dean of the Faculty of Education & Health Sciences. Prior to this, Mary was an Associate Dean for the College of Education at Ohio State University. Since joining the University of Limerick, Professor O'Sullivan founded the Physical Education, Physical Activity and Youth Sport (PEPAYS) Research Centre at the University of Limerick, now known as PEPAYS Ireland  which has a growing group of postgraduate students and researchers conducting research related to physical education, youth sport, and physical activity. Mary graduated from the University of Limerick (then Thomond College of Education) in 1976, and subsequently was awarded a Master of Arts degree from the University of Victoria, Canada in 1980 and a PhD from Ohio State University in 1983.

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The University of Limerick is an associate member of the UK Research Integrity Officer (UKRIO). UKRIO is an independent organisation providing free and confidential advice and guidance to the public, researchers, organisations to further good practice in research.