UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Short Courses & Events

Short Courses & Events

Working with Children and Young People with Voice Disorders

17 - 18 April 2018
This two day course is aimed at Speech and Language Therapists who work with voice disordered children in a community or educational setting. SLT voice specialists may also find it relevant to their work. The main focus will be the assessment and management of common childhood voice disorders.

Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics

23rd Apr - 25th June, 2018: This five-day course offers a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental aspects of research methods and statistics. From study design, data types, and graphs, through to choice and interpretation of statistical tests, with particular focus on standard errors, confidence intervals and p-values.

Introduction to R

24th Apr, 2018: This one day course aims to familiarise participants with the R interface and the R language, in order to enable them to conduct statistical analysis; from reading in their datasets to performing mainstream statistical tests.

Introduction to Regression Analysis

26-27th Apr, 2018: This course provides an overview of different regression types and details the application of multiple linear regression. Day one of the course focuses on the theory behind regression analysis, in particular linear regression, and covers the formulation, interpretation and validation of linear regression models. A second, optional day allows delegates hands-on use of a statistical package (SPSS) to see how the theory can be applied to answer a specific research question.

Introduction to Logistic regression

30th Apr, 2018: This one day course focuses on understanding the principles of logistic regression via the notions of odds/odds ratios and transformations. How good the given model is will be discussed and ways of improving it.

Sample size estimation and power calculations

30th April-1st May, 2018: This one day course gives the basics of sample size estimation. It will be of use to those embarking on a research project and who are perhaps trying to complete ethics and grant application forms. Both precision and power estimation approaches are covered.

Introduction to SPSS

1st May, 2018: This one-day course offers an introduction to the uses and functions of the statistical software SPSS including data entry and editing, and the basics of analyses and graphs. The course is ideally suited to those with little/no experience with SPSS, but basic knowledge of statistics is advantageous.

Introduction to Survival/Time-to-event Data Analysis

3rd May, 2018: This one-day course introduces the concept of modelling time-to event data, commonly known as survival analysis. Log-rank tests and Cox proportional hazard regression models are used to determine associations between different factors and the event occurring.

Critical Appraisal

8th May, 2018: In this one day workshop we consider how to critically appraise research papers. Each section in a paper is covered in turn and there is much emphasis on evaluating the collection and analysis of data as described by the authors. Widely available critical appraisal sheets are discussed.

Introduction to Stata

9th May, 2018: This one-day course offers an introduction to the uses and functions of the statistical software Stata including data entry and manipulation, do-files, and the basics of analyses and graphs. The course is ideally suited to those with little/no experience with Stata, but basic knowledge of statistics is advantageous.

Assessing Measurement Reliability and Validity

10th May, 2018: This one-day course offers an introduction to the principles, methods of assessment, and the appropriateness of statistical analyses for different types of measurement validity and reliability. Particular focus is given to statistical assessment of reliability over time, context and rater.

Introduction to Dealing with Missing Data

15th-16th May, 2018: This course looks at the problem of missing data in research studies in detail. Reasons and different types of missing data are discussed as well as bad and good methods of dealing with them.

Further Topics in R

17th May, 2018: This course introduces a number of topics for R for those already familiar with the basics of the programming language.

Overview of Regressions with R

21st-22nd May, 2018: This two half-day course provides an overview of the most commonly applied types of regression modelling and their application in R.


5th June, 2018: This one-day course will introduce delegates to the basic principles of ANOVA, and how to choose, run, interpret, and report a variety of ANOVA models. The course takes a hands-on approach to learning, with SPSS software used for demonstration and practice throughout.

Chi-square and Beyond for 2x2 Tables

6th June, 2018: This workshop aims to demystify the range of statistics that can be used to summarise the associations between two binary variables. We move on from the standard chi-square test to investigate other options that may yield more useful information.

Introduction to Meta-analysis

25th-26th June, 2018: This course provides an overview of meta-analysis from a statistician’s point of view, with an optional half day workshop in R.

Paediatric Tracheostomy Course for Speech and Language Therapists

28-29 June 2018 
This two day course is aimed at clinicians working with children with tracheostomies in both the hospital and community setting. Workshops will allow delegates to familiarise themselves with different tubes and problem-solve their application. Participants/lecturers will include members of the Therapy, Surgical and Nursing Teams from GOSH Trust.

Childhood visual impairment and mental health: science into practice

2 - 4 July 2018
The psychological wellbeing and mental health needs of children and young people with visual impairment and their families have been greatly neglected. Two main charities, the Mary Kitzinger Trust and Royal Society for Blind Children, have come together with Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and University College London to host this conference. Together with the contributors and participants, we hope to spearhead important changes to improve understanding and meeting needs better. 

Introduction to Bayesian Analysis

3rd July, 2018: This one day course focuses on the principles of Bayesian analysis with the aim to enable participants to apply Bayesian methods on their own research and understand other people’s results via Bayesian analysis.

Paediatric Rheumatology Course

11 - 13 July 2018
The aim of the course is to provide an update in the diagnosis and multidisciplinary management of children with rheumatological diseases and to encourage the development of shared clinical networks. The first 2 days provide a comprehensive grounding in the subject and form a basic to moderate level course, whilst day 3 will cover more advanced topics and will be suitable for more experienced practitioners.