Upcoming Training Events

This section provides information about upcoming events that might be of interest to clinical researchers.

Developing and Evaluating Complex Interventions

  • The University of Glasgow offers in collaboration with National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) in-person course Developing and Evaluating Complex Interventions that will provide participants with an understanding of the complex intervention research process. Course details can be found in the above link.   

        05/11/2024 - 07/11/2024

Fundamentals of Clinical Trials

The Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit offers  this Fundamentals of Clinical Trials  5 day course introduces the key considerations when designing and conducting a randomised clinical trial. We will primarily focus on large multi-centre clinical trials, considering both drug and complex intervention trials.

13 May - 17 May 2024

PSI Webinar: Surrogacy

PSI Webinar: Surrogacy

29 May 2024 , 14:00-16:00

Audience: Clinical trial statisticians involved in evaluation of surrogate outcomes

The webinar will start with providing an overview of surrogacy for licensing and reimbursement. This will articulate the need of extensions of the SPIRIT and CONSORT statement related to surrogacy. Both the process to define the extensions as well as the extensions themselves will be presented. The importance of right communication of the interpretation of surrogate outcomes to patients will be articulated by a patient representative. Finally, it will be shown by results from a simulation study that maturity influences the probability of success of surrogacy validation, among other factors like variation in estimated treatment effects. Time is reserved for panel discussion and Q&A.

Register HERE

The HRB-Trials Methodology Research Network Webinars and Training Events

The HRB-Trials Methodology Research Network  provides interesting Webinars and Training Events

The list of upcoming events can be accessed here https://www.hrb-tmrn.ie/training-education/upcoming-events/

The HRB-Trials Methodology Research Network offers free access to all of the recorded training material from HRB-TMRN events. All are freely available to view here: https://www.hrb-tmrn.ie/training-education/online-training-repository/

MRC-NIHR TMRP Webinar series

A new Trials Methodology Research Partnership webinar series can be accessed in this link 

MRC-NIHR TMRP Webinar series

Introduction to Health Economics

  • Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility offers a session An Introduction to Health Economics (£90) introducing key concepts of health economics and allocation of health resource in relation to clinical research

        09 October 2024

Patient and Public Involvement

  • Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility offers educational events with focus on Patient and Public Involvement. Bitesize Introduction to Patient Public Involvement Course (free) is an online, self-directed course aiming to help researchers to begin their patient and public  involvement activities. PPI in Clinical Trials - Design, Recruitment and Retention (£90) is a course focusing on how can involving patients in the design of research project improve the plans for the project and what does the evidence tell about the impact of involving patients and the public in clinical trials. Look for upcoming sessions here.


Optimising Recruitment to Randomised Controlled Trials


  • University of Bristol offers this course Optimising Recruitment to Randomised Controlled Trials which aims to provide an introduction to the challenges of recruiting people to randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and strategies to address these. The course draws on evidence generated by the QuinteT research programme, which specialises in optimising recruitment to RCTs based on research conducted in over 70 trials to date.


        13 June 2024

Designing and Conducting Pragmatic Randomised Controlled Trials


  • University of Bristol offers this course Designing and Conducting Pragmatic Randomised Controlled Trials (£1100) that aims to provide an understanding of the essentials of designing, conducting and analysing pragmatic randomised controlled trials (RCTs). The course examines RCTs evaluating health and public health interventions in primary, secondary and community settings with individual and cluster randomised designs. Please note this course does not go into lots of detail about regulatory approvals and research governance.

        13 - 17 May 2024


Sample size Estimation and Power Calculations with Excel


  • UCL's Centre for Applied Statistics Courses (CASC), part of the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH) delivers this Sample size Estimation and Power Calculations with Excel course (£175) likely to be useful to those embarking on a research project, or trying to complete ethics and grant application forms.


       Next training date to be confirmed

Sample size Calculations in Clinical Trials: Beyond the Basics


  • The Institute of Clinical Trials & Methodology (ICTM) at University College London (UCL) offers this Sample size Calculations in clinical trials: beyond the basics course that builds on a basic course in sample-size calculations such as the one provided by the ICH, and provides an overview of the underlying statistical theory for sample size calculations within the hypothesis testing framework. 

        30 April 2024


Qualitative Research


  • The University of Bristol offers Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods online course (£1100) that provides a broad introduction to carrying out qualitative research and how to apply qualitative methods to a range of contexts and study designs. 

        20 -24 May 2024


  • The King's College London offers An Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods course (£1000) that will give an overview and introduction to qualitative research methods, including individual interviews, focus group discussions, observation, ethical issues, content and thematic analysis, NVivo and rigour in qualitative research. Contact the team for more information.

        22 - 25 July 2024

Clinical Trial of an Investigational Medicinal Product (CTIMP) Workshop

The aim of this full day workshop is to equip clinical research staff with an understanding of the key elements involved in conducting a clinical trial of an investigational medicinal product (CTIMP). 

After the Workshop, each Participant will:

  • Understand relevant CTIMP terminology and the requirements for CTIMPs including permissions and approvals 
  • Demonstrate the use of a protocol in setting up a CTIMP and planning a study visit
  • Describe the key issues that impact on recruitment and retention
  • Describe the key elements relating to the management of the investigational medicinal product (IMP) 
  • Recognise the importance of accurate documentation throughout all trial-related activities
  • Understand the importance of safety measures and parameters in CTIMPs and the responsibilities of the research team in monitoring these


18 June 2024

Principal Investigator Roles and Responsibilities

  • Glasgow Clinical Research Facility offers this half day workshop Principal Investigator Roles and Responsibilities to equip Principal Investigators and researchers with an understanding of the key roles and responsibilities involved in conducting a research trial. The workshop will consist of a mixture of presentations and discussions. It is relevant to those who are new to research and for those who would like to improve their understanding of the setup, coordination, and archiving of research trials. Booking is available here

        21 May 2024

  • There are also available short sessions (£25) for Associate Principal Investigators that can be booked here

        Getting Started in a Research Trial                          TBC

        Trial Design                                                              3 Jun 2024

        Investigational Medicinal Product                           1 Jul 2024  

        Quality and Safety Reporting in Research Trials      5 Aug 2024


Leadership Development for Principal Investigator - resources

The VITAE website managed by the Careers Research & Advisory Centre (CRAC) provides resources for emerging researchers aspiring to develop their skills in research and develop as Principal Investigators.

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Courses

GCP is the agreed international standard for conducting clinical research. Everyone who works on delivering clinical research in Glasgow is required to have an up-to-date GCP certificate. It is advised to renew GCP training every two to three years depending on local policies and sponsor requirements. There are number of options to complete the course.

  • NIHR offers an online GCP course that can be completed at the “NIHR Introduction to Good Clinical Practice (GCP)” eLearning 


  • Glasgow Clinical Research Facility offers free monthly full day sessions NRS Introduction to Good Clinical Practice (GCP) for those who have not completed the training yet or completed training more than two years ago. There are also half day refresh sessions available. The training events can be booked here.   

        Upcoming dates: 

        16 May 2024

        12 Jun  2024


  • Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility offers Good Clinical Practice (GCP) course free-of-charge for those attending from Scottish NHS or academic institutions. You can search availability of on-site and online events and book the course here.



Good Research Practice (Non-drug Trials)

  • Glasgow Clinical Research Facility offers half-day Good Research Practice (Non-drug Trials) course (£49) appropriate for anyone conducting or supporting clinical research that does not involve a ‘drug’. 

        06 Jun 2024

Informed Consent

  • Glasgow Clinical Research Facility offers half-day workshop Informed Consent - Adult: Ethical, legal and practical aspects in clinical research (£60) with a focus on the legal and practical issues around obtaining informed consent from adults participating in clinical research, and vulnerable groups who require additional safeguards. It will also cover consent issues relating to the use of human tissue and data in research. Booking is available here.         

        21 May 2024

  • Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility offers the workshop Informed Consent in Clinical Research - Adults (Scotland) (£90) with focus on the ethical, legal and practical issues around obtaining informed consent from adults participating in clinical research in Scotland. Search for the next course delivery date here.

Inspection Survival Guide: Being Prepared for an MHRA GCP Inspection

Inspection Survival Guide: Being Prepared for an MHRA GCP Inspection is a half-day course that use presentations and workshops to provide an overview of the GCP inspection process from notification to closure.

Thursday 07 Nov 2024   Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh / Online (Zoom) - Hybrid