Training and professional development

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

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.

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

Examples of current webinars available are: IRAS/HRA for Sponsors/Research Teams - WEBINAR and Making IRAS Work for Your Research Amendments - WEBINAR.

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.


HRA releases bite-size eLearning modules to help student researchers get it right first time - 

The Health Research Authority (HRA) has launched three bite-size eLearning modules aimed at students and their academic supervisors.

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

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 webpage.

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

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.

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