Responsible Research in Practice is here to help organisations support their researchers to conduct the best research they can and to become the best researchers they can.
We know from experience that to produce reliable and reproducible research requires excellent training and a good culture of care.
Our training focusses on:
- improving research practices to maximise research impact and minimise waste;
- promoting a good research culture that supports researcher development, and acknowledges the contribution that every individual makes to the local research culture.
Our clients include academic, commercial and other bioscience research organisations for whom we have created a range of training sessions including:
Bioscientist's Guide to...
- there are two half day (3hr) workshop sessions available in this series that can be run in isolation or as a basic and more advanced training option.
- the Research Integrity (RI) session is aimed at researchers who want to understand, or have a refresher of what RI means in the context of their own research discipline and routine practices.
- the Fostering a Culture of Integrity session is aimed at postdoctoral researchers, principle investigators (PI's) or those undertaking a supervisory role who want to understand how to develop a good research culture or influence how research in conducted within their team, laboratory or organisation.
Animal Research: Critical, Challenging and Creative Thinking Course
- this course comprises of 4 half day (3hr) sessions that can be run consecutively over 2 days (6hrs per day), or on a regular or rolling basis throughout the year.
- the content is appropriate for MPhil & PhD students, junior postdoctoral fellows or those starting their first research project involving the use of animals.
- topics include: the range of viewpoints regarding animal use in research, why animals are used and the alternatives, the research framework, the value of openness and transparency, common pitfalls in experimental design and how to avoid them, animal research reporting standards, animal welfare and replacement, reduction, refinement (3Rs) in practice.
Responsible Animal Research
- this one day (6hr) workshop is tailored to the clients research framework and can be run annually, or on a regular or rolling basis throughout the year.
- the content is appropriate for all researchers whose work involves the use of animals, animal derived material or animal derived data irrespective of whether they are licence holders, and their level of experience.
- topics include: expectations for responsible animal research; common cultural tensions, pressures, conflicts and how to deal with them; real life case studies of what can and does go wrong; replacement, reduction, refinement (3Rs) in practice, critical, creative & challenging thinking.
Discussing Controversial Topics
- this workshop can be run as a half day (3hr) or one day (6hr) session depending on the target audience and desired training outcomes.
- the content can include a mix of potentially controversial topics, or be tailored to aspects such as 'animal use in research', or research areas such as 'genome research'.
- the sessions can be aimed at research students who are beginning to think about public engagement and communicating about their research projects, or more experienced researchers wanting to gain an understanding of how research becomes controversial to give them more confidence when undertaking public engagement activities.