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Online research integrity training for staff and students

Research integrity is an essential part of research and research culture. It gives confidence to others, including the public, that the methods and results of research are reliable, credible and trustworthy. Research integrity covers a range of areas - from adhering to institutional policies, standards and protocols, to reporting research findings clearly and transparently.

In order to support the community’s understanding of the principles and practices that protect the integrity of research, the University provides online research integrity training relevant to all those involved in delivering, supervising or supporting research.

The University expects all staff and students involved with research and research support to complete the training.

The online research integrity training has now been updated to integrate the principles set out in the revised Concordat to Support Research Integrity (2019).

Full details and a link to the training can be accessed here.

Training for researchers

The University offers a wide range of training for researchers to enable them to carry out their duties and to develop their knowledge and skills throughout their career, repeating training where necessary to ensure that skills are kept up-to-date. Researchers should identify needs for training when they arise and report them to their manager or other appropriate person as identified by their department.

Organisational Development (OD) provides a range of programmes, services and products designed to support your personal, technical, professional and career development. Learning and development is for every member of staff at the University and the Academic Development Centre has a range of opportunities for staff and bespoke opportunities for departments. A number of departments also offer bespoke and tailored training for its staff, researchers and student and you are advised to contact your Head of Department or other appropriate person as identified by your department.

All probationary academic staff should refer to the Academic Development Programme website for information on the mandatory courses 'Introduction to Research Supervision' and 'Introduction to Research at Warwick' run by the Academic Development Centre.

CRN West Midlands training opportunities

The Health Research Authority (HRA) offer free e-learning module for researchers, R&D staff, study sponsors, research ethics committee members and the wider research community.

Training for those undertaking medical research and/or research involving the use of Human Tissue:

Good Clinical Practice (GCP)

The International Conference on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH) Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and Medical Research Council GCP guidelines both state that "Each individual involved in conducting a trial should be qualified by education, training and experience to perform his or her respective task(s)." To comply with these regulations, all members of staff must maintain a complete record of their ongoing personal development to demonstrate that they are competent to perform duties appropriate to their role in each trial.

To comply with this principle, all members of staff must maintain a complete record of their ongoing personal development and training received to demonstrate that they are competent to perform duties appropriate to their role in each trial, whether this is general or trial specific training. Warwick CTU SOP 24- 'Training Records' describes the procedure for setting up and maintaining a Personal Development Folder (PDF) to ensure that all training is documented.

It is compulsory for those involved in commercial medical research to have GCP training every two years. It is the discretion of the NHS R & D office to also make enquiries with researchers undertaking non-commercial research to establish whether they have received GCP training if they feel this requires evidencing by the researcher based on the research activity being undertaken

Training available from Warwick CTU

All staff working on clinical trials must be conversant with the principles of Good Clinical Practice (GCP). The Clinical Trials Unit offers a regular 'Introduction to GCP' seminar, available to all new starters and anyone within the medical school who are involved in research. Contact for more information and the date of the next scheduled event. Researchers from other institutions are welcome to attend this one hour seminar at a cost of £25.00.

Chief Investigator (CI) Course

Warwick Clinical Trials Unit also offers a training course for Chief Investigators. This is a full one day course which is recommended for anyone acting as CI for a clinical trial sponsored by the University of Warwick. The day combines presentations and interactive sessions to cover all aspects of trial management from initial planning right through to closing a trial. To find out more about the CI course please contact Natalie Strickland, the CTU Manager, or Claire Daffern, the CTU Quality Assurance Manager, The Chief Investigators course is available to researchers from external organisations at a cost of £250.00.

Research and human tissue training

All staff and students undertaking research involving the use of human samples must be able to demonstrate their competency and be registered to do so. They must be familiar with relevant documentation and SOPs, undergo training and maintain a training portfolio.

Registration is a 3-stage process:

  • attendance at the training session with the DI – Knowing Your Responsibilities;
  • completion of the MRC e-learning module – Research and human tissue legislation;
  • completion of a Declaration of Registration. Please contact the Designated Individual (DI) to ensure you can be registered, failure to register may result in access to human samples being denied and delays to your research.

    Other staff, for example, technical and administrative staff, supporting research involving human samples are also welcome to attend the in-house training session and may find it valuable to complete the MRC e-learning module. They may not need to be fully registered if they are not handling human samples. Please contact the DI for further information and advice.

    For more information, see: Registration and Training. For further advice and guidance regarding the use of human samples, please contact:

    Professor John Davey - Designated Individual, Human Samples Office or 02476 968693

    Training for Students

    Student Careers and Skills at the University offers a number of training courses in Skills Development designed specifically for students, for example:

    The Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (URSS) gives undergraduate students the chance to become directly involved in the research work of the University, experience what it is like to be a member of a research team and take part in cutting-edge research, under the supervision of an experienced research supervisor. Undergraduate students are invited to apply for a URSS bursary to gain insight into research work and develop valuable skills. The research project takes place during the summer vacation and can be done in the UK or overseas.