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Research ethics

Diak graduates are experts in cross-sectoral ethical norms.

Our RDI activities are ethically sound and reliable, and we adhere to the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity on responsible conduct of research and procedures for handling allegations of misconduct.

Both students and teachers are responsible actors at Diak and are expected to adhere to guidelines and report any nonconformities relating to studies through our Falcony reporting system.


The Rectors’ Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (Arene) has approved the Ethical Recommendations for Thesis Writing at Universities of Applied Sciences. They form the basis of Diak’s ethical principles on research, which include

  • determining conflict of interest
  • sufficient knowledge of the topic
  • good scientific practice
  • ethical review
  • processing of personal data
  • research permit
  • agreements
  • copyright
  • data management plan (data storage, managing access and destruction of data)
  • plagiarism
  • publication of the thesis.

Read the checklists for students and supervisors from Arene’s publication.

Check the permits, agreements and consent documents relating to Diak’s practices from the Forms page.

Other guidelines on research ethics

Our guidelines are based on TENK’s guidelines on responsible conduct of research (RCR), TENK’s ethical principles in the human sciences and TENK/UNIFI’s guidelines on the supervision of doctoral dissertations and their review process .

Thesis and supervision

The most common application of research ethics in the UAS setting is thesis supervision. Supervision plays a key role in ensuring that students learn about research ethics. Good supervision helps to ensure timely graduation, thesis progress and completion, students’ well-being and satisfaction, and the development of skills and knowledge.

The supervisor has an influence on students’ awareness of ethical standards and their willingness to adhere to ethical standards and guidelines. Students learn research ethics through interaction with teachers and supervisors.