Internal resources

Internal resources

In addition to our research policies, the following internal guidance and support is available to University staff and students:

  • An introduction to working with Human Tissue
    E-learning module which provides a comprehensive overview of the Human Tissue Act and advice for researchers working with human tissue at Newcastle University.  To access the module please contact:
  • Comparative Biology Centre
    Provides expert advice to researchers working with animals plus accredited training for Personal License Holders. 

  • Data Management Plans Workshops
    A number of workshops on how to produce a data management plan are also available to book via the University’s Learning Management System.  These workshops are focused on the expectations of different funders. 

  • Ethics Toolkit
    Guidance on legal and regulatory frameworks which have an impact on research activities. 
  • Faculty Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme
    Each of the three Faculties provides a programme of workshops for PhD students, including introductory sessions on research integrity and ethics.  Workshops are available to book via the NCL workshop booking website.  
  • Informed Consent video
    Training video was produced by the Joint Research Office outlining the principles of informed consent.
    This video provides a brief overview of the essential criteria required to correctly undertake the process of informed consent and ensure that it is fully documented. 

The process of receiving informed consent from a patient in clinical research is written into UK legislation. It is also an important aspect of Good Clinical Practice, which is a set of core principles all involved in research must follow. Therefore, without documented evidence it is difficult to prove that a patient has voluntarily agreed to be part of a research study.

  • Methods Hub
    Information and resources on different research methodologies, plus activities and events to promote discussion of best practice and engagement in interdisciplinary research.
  • Open Access
    Staff workshop providing an overview of Open Access policies, procedures and sources of support.  Available to book via the University’s Learning Management System
  • PhD Supervisor workshops
    Bite-sized sessions for PhD supervisors include research integrity, governance and ethics supporting PhD students in the creation of a data management plan.  Available to book via Student Progress Services
  • PI Development Programme
    Internal development programme for new Principal Investigators.  Expressions of interest should be registered with the Organisational Development team

  • ReproducibiliTea Journal Club
    Colleagues and research students are invited to participate in an informal discussion about how we can improve transparency, reproducibility and openness in research – with tea (and other refreshments).  Each monthly meeting will focus on a different topic.  For more information and to register your interest please see the ReproducibiliTea Journal Club blog.
  • Research Integrity
    including links to the Code of Good Practice in Research plus professional guidelines for different subject disciplines.
  • Research Integrity e-learning module
    Online learning programme providing an introduction to the principles of research integrity.

  • Responsible Research Innovation 
    Information and resources on how to anticipate and mitigate the potential negative impacts of science and innovation.
  • Statistical Skills
    Staff workshops include SPSS for Beginners and Practical Statistics.  Available to book via the University’s Learning Management System