Research integrity, ethics and governance training

Below is an overview of the research integrity, ethics and governance training provided centrally at the University of Birmingham and also details of relevant training provided externally.

Please be aware that further training may be available locally via Schools and Colleges.

QR funded research projects - research ethics Q&A sessions

If you have been awarded QR funding for a research project and you have any questions relating to research ethics or require support with the ethics process, Q&A sessions have been set up which you are welcome to attend.  Details are as follows:

5th January 2023, 10.00-10.30 - 

5th January 2023, 10.30-11.00 -

Clinical Research Project Setup Training

Title:  Clinical Research Project Setup Training

Date:  Wednesday, 19-Oct-2022

Time:  10:00-11:30

Format: Virtual

Location: Zoom

Registration: Please visit the Clinical Research Compliance Team training page to register your interest.

Description: Researchers are invited to find out more about the process for obtaining the necessary approvals and authorisations required before recruitment to clinical research can begin and the process for making amendments to a project.  This course will outline the procedures for setting up a clinical research project with the necessary approvals to be conducted within the University of Birmingham (UoB). This includes obtaining sponsorship, a favourable opinion from a research ethics committee (REC), Health Research Authority (HRA) approval and Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) authorisation and also how to make amendments.

Open Research Events

Open Research Forum, 14th June 2021 – 17th June 2021

Members of the Open Research Board have organised an Open Research Forum event for the week commencing 14th June 2021.

The virtual event series will focus on highlighting the opportunities of cross discipline engagement with Open Science through practical examples, presented by University of Birmingham staff and external colleagues.  Sessions are as follows, with the detailed programme available here:

  • 14th June 21 - 12.00 – 14.30
    Forum event launch with the PVC Research and Knowledge Transfer
  • 15th June 21 - 13.00 – 14.00
    Making data openly available: 'as open as possible, as closed as necessary’
  • 16th June 21 - 13.00 – 14.00
    Data Management Plans
  • 17th June 21 – 13.00 – 14.00
    Data sharing and making data publically available

The sessions will be of value to all researchers, from PhD student to Professor, and we look forward to welcoming you to the forum event series. You are encouraged to share this invitation with any other University of Birmingham colleagues who you think might wish to be involved. 

If you are interested in attending, please contact Dr Birgit Whitman, Head of Research Governance & Integrity ( for further information.   Please note this is an internal University of Birmingham event.

Bespoke integrity, ethics and governance training

We are happy to provide bespoke sessions for colleges, schools and research groups on request.

Central ethics process training

The Ethics Team run regular sessions regarding the process of applying for University ethical approval, which are targeted at new research staff and postgraduate research students.

PGR students who wish to book onto this session should email, quoting the relevant course title in the ‘subject’ heading.  Please also provide the date of the session, and your full contact details, in the email.  

You can also self-enrol onto a Canvas course which explains the central ethics process at

Ethics Research Manager (ERM) Q&A sessions

The University is moving to a new, online research ethics review system to replace the current online SAF and AER forms.  From 13th June 2022, ERM will be piloted for all PGR and unfunded staff projects.   Funded staff projects will continue to use the Worktribe ethics checklist and AER form until the end of the year, when ERM will be fully rolled out to these too.

If you have any questions about or require support with ERM, a number of online Q&A sessions have been set up which you are welcome to book to register to attend.  Please be aware that these sessions will be recorded for future training use.  Details are as follows:

13th June 2022, 15.00-15.30 -

14th June 2022, 14.15-14.45 –

15th June 2022, 11.15-11.45 –

16th June 2022, 10.30-11.00 –

17th June 2022, 11.00-11.30 –

22nd June 2022, 12.30-13.00 –

29th June 2022, 14.15-14.45 -

Training for new ethics reviewers

The next online training session for those who wish to join the University's ethics review committees is available for enrollment as follows:

Tuesday 25th July 2023 from 2.00 to 3.30pm - the link for participants is:

Please note that this link supercedes the one originally provided - apologies for any inconvenience.


Research Integrity online training modules

To supplement the University’s existing guidance and training on research integrity and building on an earlier Epigeum subscription, we now have access to new modules on research integrity and a range of related topics. All research students and staff across disciplinary areas are encouraged to avail themselves of this provision to learn about or refresh their understanding of the issues surrounding research integrity. This informs best practice in research engagement, design, delivery, and dissemination, and is fundamental to the research endeavour.

To access the Epigeum courses, please visit the Research Integrity course guidance page (UoB login required) and follow the instructions provided.

Other relevant training offered within the University

External training courses


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