Introduction to Research Governance

Course dates

1 - 2 February 2018.

Course duration

2 days (approximately 12 hours teaching including lectures and practicals).
Registration will start at 8.45am on the first day, the course will finish by 3.15pm on the final day.

Course tutors

Professor Yoav Ben-ShlomoProfessor Rona Campbell (course organisers), and others.

Course aims

This two day course is essential for all individuals who may be undertaking health research with participants.    

What do we mean by research governance?  
Who is responsible for research governance?  
What are the main areas that you will need to consider before, during and after undertaking research?  
Where can you get help and advice?   

Course objectives

By the end of the course students will have acquired:

  • an understanding of all aspects research governance and knowledge of the processes involved;
  • knowledge of your research governance responsibilities regardless of seniority;
  • the skills to think through the ethical issues that might arise in your research;
  • the knowledge and skills to provide research participants with the information that they need to make an informed decision about consent to participate in your research study.

Who the course is intended for

Individuals who may be undertaking health research. No prior knowledge is required but past experience is valuable.    

Please note that a very small amount of the course content is specific to research governance arrangements within the University of Bristol but should still be of interest to those from other organisations who may have similar procedures and processes.

Course outline

The course is taught using short 30-45 minute lectures as well as practical sessions to get hands on experience and provide participants the skills to undertake various tasks. Tutors include experienced academic researchers as well as NHS staff involved with research governance issues. We encourage all sessions to be as interactive as possible.


Booking for this course is now closed.

The overall course was excellent and course organiser engaging and knowledgeable.

Course feedback, February 2017

Course fee


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Course venue

Bristol Medical School
Canynge Hall
39 Whatley Road
United Kingdom

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Course refreshments

We provide morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, including tea and coffee, biscuits and fresh fruit.

If you have specific dietary needs we ask that you let us know in advance.

Lunch is not included. There are a range of local cafes and supermarkets nearby for students to purchase lunch. 


Information about accommodation in the area.


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