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Over the past century, society has become increasingly reliant on research to solve problems and make decisions that affect all aspects of life. If you have doubts about this, stop for a minute and look around you. Do you see anything that is not, in one way or another, linked to research?

The fact that society relies so heavily on research to answer questions and solve problems places a heavy burden on researchers to act with honesty and integrity. This module outlines the responsibilities that researchers have as they progress from determining their research findings to communicating the public impact and benefit of those findings.

If you are just getting started in research, considering how to handle public engagement might be low on your list of priorities. However, you might be surprised by just how easy it is, whatever your field of research, to be drawn into public debates. When you do become involved, it should be on terms that you understand and control. This requires knowing your public responsibilities well in advance.

When communicating your research outcomes to the public, you need to carefully apply the principles of the Code, particularly honesty (P1), rigour (P2), transparency (P3) and accountability (P7), as well as researcher responsibilities R23 and R24.