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These online resources are available at anytime for Queen's researchers for free, notably thanks to institutional subscriptions.

Good practice in research
Research integrity, conduct, data, analysis and ethics

This online modular training programme on Good Research Practice has been developed by Oxford University Press. The course facilitates compliance with the UK Concordat to Support Research Integrity – which all Institutions and researchers must comply with.   

There are currently 13 modules covering different topics (Good Research Conduct, Irresponsible Research Practices, Planning Your Research, Managing and Recording Your Research, Data Selection, Analysis and Presentation, Scholarly Publication, Professional Responsibilities, Communication, Social Responsibility and Impact, Conflicts of Interest, Responsible Conduct of Research with Human Participants, The Care and Use of Animals in Research, Intellectual Property and Export Control). 

You can access the course via Queen's online (Other Services/Online Training/Research Courses.

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Fellowship videos
Fellowship Application Support Programme

The programme is designed to help postdocs write their fellowship application.

It involves:

  • a series of 9 online training videos: "Introduction to fellowships", "Finding a fellowship", "Tips for a successful application (what to think about before starting to write)", "Research proposal", "Impact and dissemination", "Institution and support", "Finance", "CV and career plan" and "Ethical considerations"
  • a list of key researcher support contacts at Queen's
  • feedback on the proposal draft, organised by Research Development and on the lay abstract, organised by the PDC
  • a mock interview if relevant

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The videos are accessible by Queen's staff and students.

Access to the videos and additional support can be granted on demand to external candidates developping a proposal to join Queen's University Belfast. The candidates would need to be supported by a Queen's academic and School as well as have contacted Research Development ( to discuss the feasibility of their application.

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Nature Masterclasses
Publishing, Collaboration, data management and more

Nature Masterclasses can be accessed freely by Queen's researchers and provides a series of online courses, aminly designed for life sciences researchers, including "Scientific Writing and publishing", "Effective Collaboration in Research", "Managing Research Data", "Narrative Tools for Researchers" and "Focus on Peer Review" (please expand by clicking on "read more" to get further details on the content).

How to access the courses:

  • Go to the Nature Masterclasses website
  • In "Login", select "login with your institutional credentials"
  • Select Queen's University Belfast in the list of institutions
  • Login with your Queen's login details
  • Enter your email and confirm it (you will receive an email with a link to click on)
  • Enjoy the courses!

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Scientific Writing and publishing:

Hear from Nature Research journal editors about how to write and publish a great paper. It covers writing skills, paper structure and data presentation, selecting a journal, the publication process and peer-review and specific considerations for review articles.

Effective Collaboration in Research:

Hear from researchers, funders, editors and professionals about how to join, set up and lead collaborative projects. It covers the reasons for collaborating, how to do so effectively, how to start and lead collaborations, troubleshooting and managing outputs.

Managing Research Data to unlock its full potential:

Hear from data management experts, researchers, funders, publishers and specialists about how to develop a data management plan and your own skills to comply with requirements. It covers what data management plans are for and how to create one, how to organise and store data properly and how to share data, notably through repositories.

Narrative Tools for Researchers:

Hear from researchers, editors and journalists about enhancing your communication skills to tell your research story. It will cover the power of storytelling techniques, how to build a clear engaging story and refine it to your audience.

Focus on peer-review:

Hear from Nature editors and researchers about the peer-review process and how to review the papers of other researchers. It will cover your role as a peer-reviewer, the peer-review report, ethics in peer-review and variations and innovations related to peer-review.



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LinkedIn Learning

Queen's staff can request free access to LinkedIn learning and benefit from an extensive range of videos.

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Good Clinical Practice

Good Clinical Practice is delivered via an e-learning package. Access is controlled by QUB's Research Governance Team and HSC Trust R&D offices.

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Essentials of Budgeting

This online module is provided by the Leadership Foundation for HE and helps develop an understanding of planning, monitoring and reviewing budgets.

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Additional online provision

Additional online training courses can be accessed via QOL (Other/Online Training). Topics include teaching, research leadership and mandatory staff modules.

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Time- and access-restricted resources

These externally-provided webinars or online courses are only available at certain periods of time and will require attendees to register. Because they are costed per individual, they may not be organised every year and have a limited number of places available.

Development for University women

UNIque is a development programme especially designed for University early-career researchers identifying as women. It blends webinars, online training videos and activities. It is designed and delivered by Dr Emma Williams (EJW Solutions), author of "What every postdoc needs to know", freelance trainer specialised in early-career researcher development.

Participants gain life-long access to all the resources involved in the programme and, due to its flexible online nature, can train when and where suits them.

The programme notably covers career paths in and out of academia, self-reflection on personal strengths and values, networking, negotiating, applying for jobs, time and task management as well as clear goal setting and planning to "make it happen".

This programme is co-funded by the PDC and the MHLS Faculty Gender Equality committee.

**Due to COVID-related budget restricitions, this course won't be provided in 2020-21**

UNIque info and registration

I'm a postdoc get me out of here!
Moving to a career outside academia

"I'm a postdoc get me out of here!" is a series of online videos designed to help postdocs achieve career clarity so that they can pursue the right career options (even if they are uncertain what those might be).

It provides insight on career options, your strengths and values, CVs and online presence as well as how to use your research contract to get closer to your career goal... and helping you find your goal!

This course is solely composed of training videos that you can watch whenever suits you (more information and list of videos). It is designed and delivered by Dr Emma Williams (EJW Solutions), author of "What every postdoc needs to know".

The PDC offers a few free logins to this course every year; keep an eye on the PDC newsletter and emails not to miss out. To get a login for 2020, register using the button below by the 21 June 2020.

Note: postdocs who attended the "UNIque" career development programme are not eligible for this course as it involves significant overlap in content.

**Due to COVID-related budget restricitions, this course won't be provided in 2020-21**

The Successful Researcher Roadmap
Project overview and design

This course is designed and delivered by Dr Emma Williams (EJW Solutions), author of "What every postdoc needs to know". It helps postdocs clearly define all the aspects of their project to achieve success. It can be used for example to get a better grasp of a new project or to plan a fellowship.

Create a map of your project using a brilliant canvas adapted especially for researchers from the world of entrepreneurship. Supported by an hour and half of friendly videos broken into bite size chunks, you will look at all the building blocks to success. Each video is accompanied by an exercise to help you apply it to your research situation (more information on the content).

The PDC offers a few free logins to this course every year; keep an eye on the PDC newsletter not to miss out. To get a login for 2020, register using the button below by the 15 May 2020.

**Due to COVID-related budget restricitions, this course won't be provided in 2020-21**

Feedback from QUB participants:

"The course gave me the opportunity to step back from my project and think about it in more detail and the wider picture rather than just focusing on the particular task I am currently working on. I think this course is particularly useful at the beginning of your research career and also I think it would be good for phd students. It also made me think about fellowship applications which was very beneficial. Overall I would definitely recommend the course and feel this is a tool that could be used over and over as my research career progresses. Thank you for the opportunity to participate. I enjoyed the course and definitely learnt from it." (Particpant, 2019)

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