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The following is a summary of training opportunities currently available for staff and students. This list is not exhaustive and is intended to provide guidance as to options available. It will also be updated so do re-visit this page.

Integrity Seminars

A useful way to generate discussion and to raise awareness of research integrity is to organise discussion groups, such as within departments or research teams. Using scenarios to promote discussion helps to bring to the fore and promote an awareness of potential issues, as well as recognising when issues could arise and how best they could be dealt with.

One possible aid for generating discussions is the Dilemma Game, which was created by the Erasmus University Rotterdam with the purpose of promoting discussion on areas of integrity and professionalism in research. You can download and print a copy of the Dilemma Game from the Erasmus University website. 

The Joint Research Office created a template for a half-day introductory seminar on research integrity, which has been used to deliver several very successful sessions on research integrity.   If any are interested in finding out more or arranging one of these seminars, please contact Dr Susan Kerrison, Head of Risk and Regulation (SLMS Institute or Divisions only) or email researchintegrity@ucl.ac.uk.

Animal Research: Critical, Challenging & Creative Thinking

This course is intended ONLY for students who are, or who are expecting to be conducting research involving the use of animals or using animal derived data. It will help you understand the moral and ethical arguments that unpin the range of viewpoints, introduce you to what the 3Rs principles of humane science (to replace, reduce & refine animal use) means in practice and give you an awareness of the importance of public engagement.

You will gain a general awareness of research integrity issues and how they are impacting on the quality of biomedical research. You will learn about evidence-based research and how to identify/avoid common pitfalls in basic experimental design. 

The course introduces bioscience research reporting standards including the ARRIVE guidelines and good research practices that enhance animal welfare and help improve the reliability and reproducibility of animal derived data.

The course is divided into the following four interactive workshops, each half-day sessions.

  1. Introduction to animal use in research
  2. Animal Research Integrity
  3. Critical thinking and experimental design
  4. Assessing welfare, implementing Refinement and Reducing Suffering

Further information on the course, the four workshops and how to register can be found on the event webpage.  

Case Studies

Case studies are also useful instruments in raising awareness of common research integrity issues and good practice and stimulate thought about integrity and ethical matters. Though issues relating to integrity can often be non-discipline specific, using or writing case studies that have grounding in the discipline of those taking part in the discussion can often increase their effectiveness, as they are more immediately relatable to their day-to-day work.

UCL is compiling a collection of case studies based on real life scenarios in order to create a collection that can be used for training events. This will include case studies from the UK Research Integrity Office as well as local UCL submissions.

Information Security

There are several training options available to staff and students in information security such as the Information Security Awareness Moodle course as well as an interactive anti-phishing game.  In addition, SLMS IT runs a course on managing sensitive data called Introduction to Information Governance for researchers in SLMS intending to use the SLMS Data Safe Haven.

Managing Research Data

How-to guides, case studies and planning tools can be found on the Research Data Management webpages. Also available are training materials for use within research groups, as well as teaching materials for students and materials for librarians, IT managers and facilitators.

Publication Ethics

Guidance on publication ethics and guidelines for editors can be found on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) website. 

Doctoral Skills Development Programme

The Doctoral Skills Development Programme run a number of courses relating to academic writing including two workshops specifically on publications.

Organisational Development

Organisational Development also run the following courses:

Other External Resources

Please note, this only an example of the other types of recommended resources available.

Medical Research Council

Medical Research Council offers free e-learning courses for researchers, such as Good Research Practice, Research Data and Confidentiality and Research and human tissue legislation.

UK Data Service

The UK Data Service provides advice for those who wish to use the service as well as useful advice on managing research data, including information on other resources such as the Managing and Sharing Research Data - A guide to good practice.

Digital Curation Centre

The Digital Curation Centre provides extensive guidance and a variety of training materials, how-to guides, checklists and tools on the storage, management, protection and sharing of digital research data. 

Office for the Vice-Provost (Research)

If you would like to discuss research integrity training within your section, please email researchintegrity@ucl.ac.uk