Research Training: Governance & organisation

1. Professional conduct

Knowledge of:

  • Health and safety issues, confidentiality and ethical requirements of his/her research field.
  • The legal requirements and regulations relating to the area of research and the research environment.
  • The principles of intellectual property rights (IPR) and copyright issues, as they relate to research, its commercialisation and dissemination.
  • Organisational and professional requirements and environmental impact of research.
  • The concept of corporate social responsibility.

  • Respects, acknowledges and attributes the contribution of others.
  • Seeks to protect, where appropriate, the intellectual assets arising from research and to maximise the wider value of research findings.
  • Acts with professional integrity in all aspects of research governance.
  • Uses institutional/organisational resources responsibly and appropriately.
  • Seeks ways of working in a sustainable manner.
  • Respects, upholds and meets professional standards and requirements.

2. Research management

Knowledge of:

  • The contribution of research to the health of disciplines and institutional missions.
  • Project management tools and techniques.
  • Applies appropriate project management tools and techniques.
  • Sets goals and plans and manages resources to deliver results.
  • Effectively assesses and manages risks.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of research projects.

3. Finance, funding and resources

Knowledge of:

  • The requirement for research income generation and financial management.
  • Mechanisms for funding, the range of funding sources and the processes for making applications.
  • Local administrative systems, reporting procedures and infrastructure processes.
  • Responsibly manages finances, resources and infrastructures related to research.

Research integrity: An introduction - What are the fundamental principles and how can I evidence them in my research?

Aimed at those who are new to research or wish to update their knowledge, this session will detail the expected standards, values and behaviours set out by the University, funders and regulators in the ‘Concordat to support research integrity’ (Universities UK). This session will give you an overview of regulatory frameworks and introduce you to the tools to help you develop integrity in your research and successfully demonstrate high quality research. Topics covered will include research governance, ethics, misconduct, regulators, training, data management and publication ethics.

Facilitator: John Martin
Applicability: Suitable for most research students and research staff.

Course dates and times: 

  • 9 November 2022, 1030-1130 UK time (on campus)
  • 30 May 2023, 1400-1500 UK time (on campus)

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Intellectual property for researchers

These sessions are designed to be interactive, and while they will cover the basic details of the standard forms of intellectual property, including copyright, patents, trademarks and design rights including topical examples, the sessions will attempt to explain the university’s policy context including origination, ownership and other access rights.

Facilitator: David Mozley and Justin Rigden
Applicability: Suitable for most research students and research staff.

Course dates and times: 

  • 6 December 2022, 1030-1200 UK time (on campus)
  • 16 May 2023, 1030-1200 UK time (on campus)

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Keeping laboratory records

This session will act as an introduction to the proper keeping of laboratory records. The keeping of the Laboratory book to a standard at which it will stand up as a legal document will be covered as will suitable curation of electronic and paper records including materials such as photographs, instrument outputs, x-ray films and biological samples. The concept that the Laboratory book is the larval form of a PhD thesis or paper will be promoted with the goal that attendees will be able to produce papers/chapters more swiftly from well-kept records. Date management, cloud storage, privacy legislation and laboratory information management are also introduced.

Facilitator: Rich Boden
Applicability: Suitable for laboratory-based researchers, particularly those new to research.

Course dates and times: 

  • 13 October 2022, 1000-1100 UK time (on campus)

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Third party copyright for PhD's

This session is best attended at the start of writing your thesis and explores the different ways in which to include 3rd party materials in your published thesis. Any questions and support please contact

Facilitator:  Library Research Support
Applicability: Suitable for all research students.

Course dates and times: 

  • 11 November 2022, 1030-1130 UK time (online via Zoom)
  • 23 January 2023, 1330-1430 UK time (online via Zoom)
  • 20 April 2023, 1400-1500 UK timr (online via Zoom)

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Introduction to applying for research ethical approval

The requirement for research ethical approval relates to all research involving human participants and the collection of personal information.

This session is designed for research students and will give an introduction to the process for applying for ethical approval for their project. This session is intended to demystify the process of applying for and obtaining ethical approval.

After the session students will understand what is expected of them in terms of an ethical approach to research. They will know how to find specific guidance relating to research ethical approval and what they should include in research ethics applications.

Facilitator: John Martin
Applicability: Suitable for research students requiring ethical approval to conduct their research.

Course dates and times: 

  • 29 November 2022, 1400-1530 UK time (on campus)
  • 3 May 2023, 1030-1200 UK time (on campus)

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Introduction to research funding for potential researchers (post PhD)

This is an introductorysession for PhD students aiming to pursue a career in academia in the UK afterobtaining their PhD. The session looks at postdoctoral research funding and notfunding a PhD.

Facilitator: Ewa Thompson and Susan Eick
Applicability: Suitable for most research students.

Course dates and times: 

  • 19 October 2022, 1400-1530 UK time (online via Zoom)
  • 2 February 2023, 1000-1200 UK timr (online via Zoom)

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Human tissue research

This course provides compulsory training for any staff or research students using human tissue in their research. It will also prove useful to anyone intending to do research using human tissue in the future.

The use of human tissue for research in England and Wales is covered by legislation in the Human Tissue Act 2004 and regulated by the Human Tissue Authority (HTA). Licences for research using human tissue are issued by the HTA and require that any staff teams working under the licence are suitably trained. As a Human Tissues licence holder the university has a minimum standard of training for all staff working with human tissue. This session provides an overview of Human Tissue legislation and the governance and standard operational procedures the university has in place to ensure that it complies with the HT Act regulations. Key areas covered include consent, disposal, transfer, data management and monitoring procedures. The legal status of human tissues stored as part of an NREC ethically approved project and material stored under the Human Tissues Act will also be discussed. A main purpose of this seminar is to ensure that all staff working with Human Tissue at the University of Plymouth are aware of their legal obligations in this field, as well as the help and resources that are available to them.

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Facilitator: Konstantin Glebov
Applicability: Suitable for most research students and research staff.

Course dates and times: 

  • 24 October 2022, 1330-1530 UK time (online via Zoom)

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Introduction to data management planning

This session aims to demystify research data managemtn (RDM) and provide a grounding in writing basic Data Management Plans (DMP's), with a focus on the requirements for PGR's at RDC.1.

Please note this course will not cover research data management in great detail, however links to further guidance will be provided and signposted. Research Data Management information can be found on our Moodle page:

Facilitator: Library Research Support

Course dates and times:

  • 18 November 2022, 1000-1200 UK time (online via Zoom)
  • 7 February 2023, 1330-1530 UK time (online via Zoom)
  • 27 April 2023, 1000-1200 UK time (online via Zoom)

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An introduction to IRAS: electronic ethics submission to the health research authority using the online integrated research application system (IRAS)

This workshop will provide an introduction for people making an application to the Health Research Authority NHS ethics committee through IRAS. Participants will be able to set up forms and work on their own applications. 

Facilitator(s):  Sarah C Jones

Course dates and times: 

  • 10 November 2022, 1030-1200 UK time (online via Zoom)
  • 22 March 2023, 1030-1200 UK time (on campus)
  • 29 June 2023, 1400-1530 UK time (online via Zoom)

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