Training and development opportunities

There are a number of internal and external research training and development opportunities available for researchers.

The Role of Chief Investigator, Friday 6th July, 9.00am - 10.00am

The Role of Chief Investigator, Friday 6th July, 9.00am - 10.00am
This workshop will provide an introduction to the role of Chief Investigator for Health and Social Care research at Keele University. The Chief Investigator is the person who takes overall responsibility for the design, conduct and reporting of a research study if only one site is involved. If the study involves multiple sites, the Chief Investigator is the person primarily responsible for the design, conduct and reporting of the study. It is a recognised role under the Research Governance Framework, with defined responsibilities that can be daunting at the start.  This workshop will introduce the role and associated responsibilities, it will also cover the available support and guidance from the Research Integrity Office, Keele CTU and the Research Integrity and Governance team at Keele.
To register please visit here

GDPR Training - Tuesday 20th March 1.00 - 3.00pm, Thursday 26th April 2pm - 4pm and Monday 21st May 10.00 - 12.00pm

On the 25th May, 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be released replacing existing Data Protection Legislation. All will be aware of this legislative change, however, do you understand what these changes mean to the future conduct of your research and your existing research data? 

  • Are you unable to apply GDPR in the research setting?
  • Are you unable to comfortably identify which condition you're processing identifiable data under? 
  • Do you or members of your team collect, process or store identifiable data? 
  • Do you have a box of consent forms in your filing cabinet from 2011?
  • Have you received identifiable research data from a colleague?
  • Have you assumed GDPR is essentially the same as the Data Protection Act?
  • Do you suspect you've got unaddressed issues and are hoping others are in the same boat?
  • Do you just want to know what you have to do to be compliant?


If the answer is yes to any of the above this training is for you!

Clark Crawford will be conducting a training session providing background on GDPR and giving practical advice, direction and instruction to Researchers who need to comply with the new regulation. The session is aimed at all who are processing identifiable data for Research with the overall aim being to ensure compliance with GDPR in research by strengthening and unifying data protection for all individuals. It will complement but not replace the existing online mandatory training.

If you wish to attend this session to be held on

  • 26th April 2pm - 4pm  in the Dinwoodie Lecture Theatre, David Weatherall Building, please register Here        OR
  • 21st May 10.00am - 12.00pm in the Dinwoodie Lecture Theatre, David Weatherall Building, please register here


Research training and development opportunities at the University

The University provides central and local training and development provision for researchers.

Central University training

The Learning and Professional Development Centre offers support for all researchers at the University, whether it be support with professional development in relation to a number of key areas, the University's implementation of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers or a number of resources. 

Local training

Information about local and also external training opportunities can be sought from your Faculty Research Office/Research Institute.

Research training and development opportunities provided by West Midlands Research Training Collaboratives (WMRTC)

West Midlands Research Training Collaboratives (WMRTC) provides training opportunities and resources for research staff in the West Midlands region

Research training events/e-learning provided by the Health Research Authority (HRA)

The Health Research Authority (HRA) Learning Management System provides e-learning modules for the research community, HRA committee members and other stakeholders.

Visit the HRA training page for more information about training days, e-learning modules and tools to assist researchers in making high quality applications.



Research training events/e-learning provided by the Medical Research Council (MRC)

The Medical Research Council (MRC) provides free e-learning modules, including practical guidance, for those working with humans, their tissue or data.   The MRC learning system can be accessed via

Short e-learning courses in clinical research provided by Global Health Training Centre

Global Health Traning Centre provides a number of short e-learning courses in clinical research.

For more information and to access these courses visit the Global Health Training Centre's e-Learning courses web page.

The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) and The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) interactive training video entitled 'The Research Clinic'

The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) and the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) present The Research Clinic. This is an interactive training video which educates clinical and social researchers on the importance of appropriately protecting research participants and avoiding research misconduct. The Research Clinic allows the viewer to assume the role of one of four characters and determines the outcome of the storyline by selecting decision-making choices for each “playable” character.

The video can be accessed via

Research training opportunities provided by the NHS Research & Development Forum

The NHS Research and Developme t Forum offers a range of training courses all designed and delivered by experienced Forum members and trainers.  

More information about training opportunities can be accessed via the training pages of the NHS R&D Forum website.

Video 'Data Protection - What you need to know'

A short video 'Data protection - what you need to know' can be accessed via