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Good research practices
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 (Service Applications / Other / Online training / Home / Resources / Courses for Staff / Research Courses (academic and research staff only) / RI).

Good Research Practices

Fellowship Application Videos
Getting started with your proposal

This series of 9 online training videos have been designed to help postdocs understand fellowships and start their application.

It includes: "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"

In addition to the videos, fellowship applicants can receive additional support by the Research Development Team, such as feedback on draft and mock interviews (more information on the Fellowships page).

Watch the fellowship videos

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, mainly 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!

Open the Nature Masterclasses website

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
Thousands of expert videos

The University provides free access to LinkedIn learning for all staff.

LinkedIn Learning includes a range of training videos and tutorials run by experts in thir field. These cover a huge range of topics, including business skills, personal and professional development, IT/digital skills, education, leadership etc.

Click on "read more" below to see some specific playlists.

There is more information on this resource on the People and Culture website.

Request access (new user)  Open LinkedIn Learning

Organisational Development has set up specific playlists for researchers, which you can find directly on LinkedIn Learning as part of Queen's resources or by clicking on the links below:

Researcher skills – Engagement, Influence and Impact

Researcher Skills – Research Governance and Organisation

Researcher skills – Knowledge and intellectual abilities


Project Management

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Professional Skills for Research Leaders
Career development, funding, management, collaboration, communication

Queen's provides access to this online course, designed by Oxford press, to all academic and research staff. It provides information to develop the skills required of research leaders.

It includes 6 modules:

  • Introduction
  • Developing and consolidating your research career
  • Funding your research
  • Managing a research team
  • Research collaboration
  • Communicating your research

You can access this course via Queen's Online (Service Applications / Other / Online training / Home / Resources / Courses for Staff / Research Courses (academic and research staff only) / PSRL)

Professional Skills for Research Leaders

Good Clinical Practice
International standard for clinical research

Good Clinical Practice training is delivered through an e-learning package, with access controlled by the University’s Research Governance Team or a Health and Social Care Trust R&D office.

People wishing to avail of the training are required to contact the Research Governance team.

Email Research Governance