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Research Integrity: Online Training Course

What is research integrity and why does it matter?

Research integrity is an essential part of research. It gives confidence to others, including the public, that the methods and results of research are reliable, credible and trustworthy.

What research integrity training is available to me?

The University provides free-at-the-point-of-use access to a dedicated online Research Integrity Training Programme, ‘Epigeum’.

This has been updated to integrate the principles set out in the revised Concordat to Support Research Integrity (2019)Link opens in a new window.

Two versions of the training are available: A concise version and a full version (2nd Edition).

Concise Version:

All staff and students delivering research are required to complete the concise version of the Epigeum Training Programme. In addition, all research staff and students working with human participants should complete the supplementary ‘Protecting Human Participants’ module.

This version is specifically designed to allow researchers to quickly and efficiently complete their mandatory research integrity training and takes around 45 minutes to complete.

It also offers five optional 15 minute modules.

Full Version:

It is recommended that PGRs complete the full version of the training (250 minutes).

This version provides a comprehensive overview of how researchers in the UK can meet their responsibilities, setting out the key principles and practices of good research conduct, and guiding learners through the lifecycle of a research project.

It has a modular format, allowing those working through the training to complete modules and easily revisit as necessary.

It consists of eight core modules and five supplementary modules.

How can I register?

Whether you require the full or concise version, you will need to access the course via this link.Link opens in a new window

Please complete the registration form, ensuring that you use your email address in the field marked: 'Enter your e-mail address' and your department in the 'institution-specific' field. Once registration is complete, you will be asked for an access token:

  • Access token for the full version: 77744d34
  • Access token for the concise version: a4a6ac85

You will then be sent an activation email. If you don’t receive this, please check your junk/spam. If you cannot locate the email, or if you have any difficulties accessing the training, please check the following page in the first instance:

If you are still having difficulty accessing the training, please complete the form on this page to contact Epigeum for support.

Once the account is activated, please log in and you will be shown the course programme.

Will I receive a certificate once I have undertaken this training?

Yes - certificates are provided upon successful completion of the course. You will need to provide this as evidence that you have completed the training when applying for ethics / sponsorship approval.

Export Control Training Module:

The Export Control training module can be accessed within the supplementary section of the full version.

If you have not accessed the full version before, you will need to add this to your account. To do this, please log in to Epigeum and click on the silhouette of a person and then click on the “Enter Token” option, where you will need to enter the full version token (77744d34). Once you have entered this, the full version will be accessible via “My Courses”.

Should you have any difficulties accessing this module, please contact

Further information:

If you have any questions about research integrity training, please contact opens in a new window

Additional Resources:

Research and Impact Services

The Concordat to Support Research Integrity (2019)Link opens in a new window

Research and Impact Services Training

Biomedical & Scientific Research Ethics Committee (BSREC)

Humanities & Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee (HSSREC)

Research Governance & Ethics Committee (RGAEC)

Social Care Research Ethics Committee (SCREC)

Animal Welfare & Ethical Review Body (AWERB)

NHS Research Ethics Committees

Ministry of Defence Research Ethics Committee (MoDREC)