In-person training

Library Research Support offers in-person training in the following areas. Check the library events page to book a place on a scheduled event, or contact us if you'd like us to run an event for your research group.


Open Research

An introduction to Open Research

The concept of 'open research' has made a significant impact on scholarly activities, with funding councils, government and publishers increasingly placing a focus on research that is transparent, accountable, and accessible to a worldwide audience. Current expectations in this area centre around Open Access to scholarly outputs and Research Data Management. This workshop will provide an introductory overview and will cover:

  • How open research can impact on each stage of the research lifecycle
  • The benefits of Open Access and how to comply with requirements
  • The importance of the Data Management Plan (DMP) in meeting funder requirements
  • How to publish underlying research data and cite it via a Data Access Statement
  • Balancing openness with the need to capitalise on research findings

This workshop is aimed at early career and postgraduate researchers and has no prerequisites.

Lunchtime games: Researchers, Impact and Publications (The R.I.P. Game)

Come and learn about the impact of your decisions regarding data and journal publications in this interactive lunchtime games session.

This event is run by Library Research Support and has no prerequisites.


Research Data

Research Data Management: from planning to publication

The majority of funders require you to anticipate how you will manage your research data at the grant writing stage, and expect you to have considered how you will make it available to others (and under what conditions) at the end of your project. This workshop will provide an introductory overview of the importance of Research Data Management, and focus on the planning and publication stages of the research lifecycle. By the end of this session you’ll be able to:

  • Recognise the importance of the Data Management Plan (DMP) in meeting funder requirements
  • Know how to publish underlying research data and cite it via a Data Access Statement
  • Understand the options available for controlling access to your data

This workshop is run by Library Research Support and has no prerequisites, and is ideally suited for early career and postgraduate researchers, and research staff.

Meeting EPSRC expectations on research data

This one-hour workshop is aimed at researchers who are in receipt of or planning to apply for funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and want to know more about the EPSRC requirements for long-term storage and sharing of research data. You'll be introduced to EPSRC's expectations on data as they relate to individual researchers, and we'll identify the specific actions that should be taken to meet these expectations and the points in the research lifecycle when they need to be taken.

By the end of this session, you'll be able to:

  • Interpret EPSRC data sharing requirements
  • Identify what counts as data and whether it should be preserved
  • Anticipate what actions need to be taken throughout the research lifecycle
  • Understand the acceptable exceptions to data sharing
  • Find online supporting resources and know where to go for further help

This workshop is run by Library Research Support and has no prerequisites.

Managing ethically sensitive research data: from planning to sharing

This three-hour workshop is aimed at academics and postgraduate researchers who are conducting or planning to conduct research using ethically sensitive data, including personal data covered by GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018. Attendees will learn:

  • what counts as sensitive data and what the risks are for different types of data
  • how to complete a data management plan to address these risks
  • when and how to obtain consent for data collection and sharing
  • what legislation affects collection and sharing of sensitive data in research
  • approaches for anonymization of sensitive research data
  • how to share sensitive research data, including via the University’s research data repository, data.bris
  • where to go for help.

This workshop is run by Library Research Support and has no prerequisites.

GDPR essentials: what is GDPR and why should I care?

This one-hour workshop is aimed at academics and postgraduate researchers who work with personal data in a research capacity and need a quick introduction to the essentials of GDPR. For example, if you collect names and addresses to contact potential research participants, record interviews, or analyse demographic or genetic information, you're dealing with personal data and need to make sure you are doing so in line with GDPR requirements.

This workshop will introduce you to the basics of the EU General Data Protection Regulation and the UK Data Protection Act 2018, including:

  • Demystifying GDPR jargon
  • What your responsibilities are
  • What exemptions apply to data processing for research
  • Privacy impact assessments for high-risk studies
  • How to handle data transfers outside the EU

This workshop is run by Library Research Support and has no prerequisites. Please note that this workshop is intended as a quick introduction to the basics of GDPR from a research perspective. For an in-depth look at handling sensitive research data including anonymisation and data sharing, please sign up for our three-hour workshop "Managing ethically sensitive research data: from planning to sharing".


Open Access

Open Access: funder requirements and the REF

A short introductory session on funder and REF open access policy requirements. The session will be of interest to academics, support staff and postgraduate research students who are considering publication.

We can visit your department to deliver this session on request – please contact lib-research-support@bristol.ac.uk to request a date for your research group.


Digital Humanities

Approaching Archives

An introduction for Arts Faculty PGRs to the process of using an archive covering:

  • Finding the right archive. Where are they and what do they hold?
  • Accessing the archive.
  • Etiquette and good practice.
  • Searching and interpreting search results.
  • Copyright awareness. 
  • Referencing items from an archive.

The workshop is run by Library Research Support, in collaboration with Special Collections.

A hands-on introduction to 3D digitisation

3D digitisation is the process of making a digital 3D copy of an object or place. This practical workshop is intended as an introduction to digitising 3D objects, whether for research or teaching purposes, to help share content more widely or to help protect original artefacts. The session will look at different types and properties of 3D models, some 3D digitisation techniques and possible outputs, before undertaking practical exercises in structured light scanning, laser scanning, photogrammetry and publishing content.

  • By the end of the session, attendees will be able to:
  • Understand the properties of a 3D model
  • Create a digital 3D model, using a variety of techniques
  • Publish a 3D model online

This workshop is run by Library Research Support.

A hands-on introduction to 2D digitisation

This practical workshop is intended for anyone who wishes to learn how to digitise paper documents or images, whether for their own research or teaching, to help share content more widely or to help protect fragile paper originals. The session will look at how to manage your digitisation workflow before undertaking a practical session on how to use digital SLR (single lens reflex) cameras and smartphones to digitise documents.

By the end of the workshop attendees will be able to:

  • Define their own requirements for digitisation
  • Understand the importance of image quality, image formats and colour correction
  • Prepare and create digitised versions of paper documents using a smartphone and digital SLR
  • Identify potential difficulties around permissions to digitise and how these might be tackled

This workshop is run jointly by Library Research Support and Special Collections.

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