Introduction to Research Governance

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The Short Course Programme in Population Health Sciences has been temporarily suspended.


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Course dates

8 - 9 January 2019

Course duration

2 days (approximately 7 hours of lectures and 4 hours of practicals).
Registration will start at 8.45am on the first day, the course will finish by 3.30pm on the final day.

Course tutors

Professor Rona Campbell, Professor Julian Hughe(course organisers), and others.

Course aims

The aim of this course is to provide participants with an understanding of all aspects of research governance in population health sciences and knowledge of the processes involved.

Course objectives

By the end of the course you will have acquired:

  1. An understanding of all aspects of research governance and knowledge of the processes involved;
  2. Knowledge of your research governance responsibilities;
  3. The skills to think through the ethical issues that might arise in your research; and
  4. 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

The course is intended for anyone who is undertaking primary research in population health sciences.

Course outline

The course provides an overview of research governance in the department, at the University of Bristol and in the NHS. Through a series of practicals it considers obtaining informed consent to participation in research, the design and content of patient information leaflets, and applying for ethical approval for your research. It also covers data protection and management issues, data linkage, use of standard operating procedures, trials of drugs and medical devices, dealing with biological specimens, and feeding back results to participants and research safety.

Very enjoyable and useful.

Course feedback, February 2018

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. 


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