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External Training Providers

North-West & Yorkshire Training Group

This external training is free to access for all Bradford doctoral researchers. The following HEIs share training each year so that all researchers have more choice and opportunities available to them. You'll find their sessions in the A-Z list with any links to booking requirements.

  • Leeds Beckett University
  • Leeds Trinity University
  • Liverpool John Moore's University
  • Manchester Met University
  • University of Bradford
  • University of Chester
  • University of Huddersfield
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Salford.

Research Impact: Making a Difference

This is a free course.

Help your work to benefit society and the economy. Learn what research impact is and how to create it.

University research has always made a difference to human understanding. Sadly, the importance of this work isn’t always communicated to the world outside of academia - leading many academics to believe that research is undervalued in society.

In this course, you’ll discover how to co-create research impact with a wide range of stakeholders, such as industry and government. You’ll also learn to communicate the benefits that impact-driven research brings to the economy and society. Ultimately, you’ll be able to better understand, communicate and create research impact.



Please use the free e-learning module to familiarise yourself with IRAS

New users are advised to use the free e-learning tool to familiarise themselves with the layout, functionality and navigation that is available in iras. you do not need to register to use this tool and you can choose whether to you work through the whole training module, which will take about 1 hour, or just dip into particular sections of the training.

HRA Decision Tool

If you are unsure if your research needs IRAS approval; first of all please complete this HRA Decision Tool, which will help you decide.


Health Research Authority Learning Management System

  • The HRA have launched a series of new eLearning modules on their Learning Management System.  All the HRA's eLearning modules are free for everyone to access. Each module will provide you with an understanding of the subject area. For some modules, you will be invited to choose a route which best suits your professional role.
  • You can access the modules as a guest user without creating an account. However, you will only be able to receive an end of module certificate if you create an account or use your Login.
  • Modules include, among others:
    • Medical Devices;
    • Use of the HRA Schedule of Events;
    • Research involving participants lacking mental capacity;
    • Equality, Diversity and Human Rights.
  • The HRA overview training module outlines HRA Approval processes. It covers applying for HRA Approval and setting up Approval studies in the NHS in England. It includes details of new HRA Approval arrangements for amendments and new sites that now apply to all NHS studies in England started in pre-HRA Approval systems.

Northern Advanced Research Training Inititative

NARTI is a network of research-led universities in the north of England. It provides specialist advanced training through the facilitation of events, retreats and conferences to network and share cross-regional expertise. It is organised and administered by the University of Leeds.

It supports researchers by:

  • facilitating opportunities for doctoral, early career researchers and staff to attend regional events
  • running an Annual Conference for doctoral researchers focused on advanced training
  • providing an arena for these people to network and share research interests, contacts and best practice.


This is an open statistics spreadsheet resource.

"Jamovi provides a complete suite of analyses for (not just) the social sciences; t-tests, ANOVAs, correlation and regression, non-parametric tests, contingency tables, reliability and factor analysis. Need more analyses? then see the jamovi library – a library of additional analyses contributed by experts in their field." - taken verbatim from their website.

National Centre for Research Methods

There are downloadable resources, and more importantly, specialist training. However, it is important to know that these training events are not free but most have reduced rates for students. NCRM can be a good starting point for thinking about training, if you and your supervisors agree that external training is required for something that is not available at Bradford.

All of their training is searchable by keyword.

NatCen Social Research

This is Britain's largest independent social research agency. There is training on offer and Bradford has, recently, secured onsite training run by this agency. Training usually incurs a fee. 

Online Training - Quantitative Analysis

This YouTube channel covers statistics, and, in particular, SPSS. the videos are informative, easy to follow and work through various analyses and levels.

Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods

Some of these excellent resources are available free to UoB researchers.

CARMA offers an International Video Library, where you can access training videos on an array of methods both traditional and innovative. Joining instructions are given on the website, are easy to follow and you register using your UoB username and password.

Content covers:

  • Structural Equation Methods
  • Longitudinal Analysis
  • Qualitative Analysis
  • Strategic Management.