Training in research ethics for University staff and students

The University of Oxford is committed to providing its research staff and students with the resources and opportunities to ensure that research is carried out to the highest ethical standards. Online and face-to-face training opportunities in human research ethics and further guidance from external organisations include the following, listed below.

For current CUREC and DREC members, our separate 'Training and guidance for members of the University's human research ethics committees' page should be helpful.

Online Training

Research Integrity training (Single sign-on required)  Choose one from five discipline-based courses designed to provide an introduction to research integrity or good practice in research (also incorporating human research ethics).   Broadly structured around designing, conducting and reporting your research, the courses are available in the following subject areas:  biomedical sciences; social and behavioural sciences; arts and humanities; natural and physical sciences; engineering and technology.
Protecting Human Research Participants (US) Introductory level course which prepares researchers involved in the design and/or conduct of research involving human participants to understand their obligations to protect the rights and welfare of participants in research.  Compulsory for researchers if the study is funded by the US National Institutes of Health.
Good Clinical Practice training Designed for professionals employed on non-commercial clinical trials and research studies (also incorporating human research ethics).
Medical Research Council – e-Learning Courses covering Good Research Practice (incorporating planning research, research ethics, research collaboration and reporting research findings); Research data and confidentiality; Research and human tissue regulation; Integrated Research Applications System (IRAS) (for applications requiring review via the NHS Health Research Authority).
Research Ethics Online (Global Health Network) Course includes ethical considerations in international health research.

In-house training

Internal 'face-to-face' research ethics training offered by the University includes:

Good Clinical Practice training (incorporating human research ethics)  organised by the Clinical Trials and Research Governance team.  Also see information about twice-monthly drop-in sessions offering advice and support for clinical researchers.
Medical Sciences Division provides a range of courses and seminars covering research techniques, research ethics, data analysis and statistics.

Research Services' research ethics and integrity team also offer termly face-to-face research ethics training sessions at Oxford for the Medical Sciences. The next training session will be in Hilary term 2017 (date and venue tbc).
Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division offers a programme intended to support professional and career development. Courses include good practice in research, research data management and other research skills.
Social Sciences Division coordinates an Academic and Professional Development Programme. Includes termly seminars on mastering the art of ethics applications, research data management and other research skills.
Humanities Division

coordinates a range of training opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

Inter-divisional research ethics training

Research Services' research ethics and integrity team offer termly face-to-face research ethics training sessions at Oxford for the Social Sciences and Humanities (interested MPLS staff and students are also welcome). The next training session will be in Trinity Term, Wednesday 10th May, 1-3 pm, Colin Matthew Room, Radcliffe Humanities Reserve your place here (Oxford students / staff only).

All courses are designed to complement the research skills and methods training available within University departments and faculties. If you would like to organise a training session within your department or faculty about research ethics and the University’s requirements for the ethical review of research involving human participants, please contact the Research Ethics and Integrity Team.