Research Data Management and Open Access Training

We offer an introductory training course in best practice in research data management and in data management planning for staff and for postgraduate researchers (PGRs). This training is delivered through Moodle and Zoom. Information on how to join can be found below.

Postgraduate taught students (PGTs) or undergraduates who are interested in learning more about data management are welcome to complete RSDC 6037, Introduction to Research Data Management (PGR), but should first read our advice on data management for PGTs and undergraduate students. 

Our course materials are available for re-use. Offline versions of our course materials are available through EdShare, and are licenced with a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence.

In addition to the training outlined below, we also offer bespoke training for any staff or student group on request.

Bespoke Training

To arrange an open access training session, please email mailto:research-openaccess@glasgow.ac.uk.

For a research data management training session, please email research-datamanagement@glasgow.ac.uk.

For a training session for staff on using Enlighten, please email research-enlighten@glasgow.ac.uk.

Courses for PGRs 

Introduction to Research Data Management (PGR) 

RSDC 6037 

Moodle course (approx 1 hour). 

This course is mandatory for first year postgraduate researchers in MVLS and CoSE and strongly recommended for PGRs in the College of Arts and College of Social Sciences. 

When data are created as part of academic research, they should be carefully stored, managed and, wherever possible, shared.  

Through this online course students will learn about data management in an accessible way that they can apply to their own work. Topics include compliance with the University's and funders' policies; managing and storing data safely; and what should happen to your data when you graduate.  

The session will be illustrated with real-life examples of good research data practices. This course will also help researchers to prepare their data management plans, which are now a mandatory component of the first Annual Progress Review.   

This course is suitable for any research students who are collecting data or gathering findings, regardless of their subject area or approach.  

Once students have completed the online course, they will be invited to join a follow-up webinar where they can discuss issues in research data management with the Research Information Management team. 

You can enrol on the course in Moodle.

Writing a Data Management Plan with DMPOnline (PGR) 

RSDC 6030  

Delivered by the Research Information Management Team via webinar (1 hour). 

The University and most funding bodies now require researchers who collect data of some sort as part of their work to write a Data Management Plan (DMP). Plans typically state what data will be created and how, and outline the plans for sharing and preservation, noting what is appropriate given the nature of the data and any restrictions that may need to be applied. We recommend that researchers use DMPonline, a flexible web-based tool, to create DMPs. The course will provide guidance on using DMPonline and an introduction to data management planning.  

This course is intended for researchers who are at a stage of their projects where they are ready to produce a Data Management Plan. It is recommended that researchers first complete the online Introduction to Research Data Management course (RSDC 6037).  

You can book a place on this course through MyCampus.

Courses for Staff 

Introduction to Research Data Management (Staff) 

ARDCRB

Moodle course (1 hour).  

When data are created as part of academic research, they should be carefully stored, managed and, wherever possible, shared.  

In this online course attendees will learn about data management in an accessible way that they can apply to their own work. Topics include compliance with the University's and funders' policies; managing and storing data safely; and depositing data in appropriate repositories. 

The session will be illustrated with real-life examples of good research data practices. This course will also help researchers to prepare their data management plans, which are a common component of funding applications. 

This course is suitable for researchers who are collecting data or gathering findings, regardless of their subject area or approach, and for administrators supporting research projects.

Once attendees have completed the online course, they will be invited to join a follow-up webinar where they can discuss issues in research data management with the Research Information Management team. 

You can enrol on the course in Moodle.

Writing a Data Management Plan with DMPOnline (Staff) 

ARUDMP

Delivered by the Research Information Management Team via webinar (1 hour).  

The University and most funding bodies now require researchers who collect data of any kind as part of their work to write a Data Management Plan (DMP). Plans typically state what data will be created and how, and outline the plans for sharing and preservation, noting what is appropriate given the nature of the data and any restrictions that may need to be applied. We recommend that researchers use DMPonline, a flexible web-based tool, to create DMPs. The course will provide guidance on using DMPonline and an introduction to data management planning. 

This course is intended for researchers who are at a stage of their projects where they are ready to produce a Data Management Plan. It is recommended that researchers first complete the online Introduction to Research Data Management course (RDCR).

You can book a place through the HR Self Service Portal (Find the course in the Learning and Development tab by searching for "DMP").

Other data management training at Glasgow

For staff

A number of courses are provided through on areas relevant to data management, such as managing research data, publishing in refereed journals and writing impact statements for grant proposals.

A number of IT training courses are available on using software such as Excel, Access, NVivo and Endnote.

Research & Innovation Services host a number of training courses and annual conferences to support researcher development.

For PGRs

Postgraduate research students should consult their Graduate School training handbooks, brochures and webpages to see the tailored support that is available to them in this area.

Research & Innovation Services also offers a number of training courses, some mandatory and some optional, for PGRs, some of which address research data management.

External Data Management Training

  • MANTRA is an excellent free, online non-assessed course with guidelines to help you understand and reflect on how to manage the digital data you collect throughout your research. It has been crafted for the use of post-graduate students, early career researchers, and information professionals. It is freely available on the web for anyone to explore on their own. MANTRA is maintained by Data Library staff in Information Services, University of Edinburgh.
  • The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities has a one-day course on Research Data Management in Arts & Humanities with free access to the training slides and summaries.
  • The UK Data Archive offer training for social science researchers and has produced an excellent introductory guide to managing and sharing data for all researchers.
  • The National Centre for Research Methods was set up by ESRC to increase quality in social science research. You can search their database of courses and events, e.g. for courses on qualitative interview research.

Data Management Case Studies

The Research Data Management service collects examples of open research practice at the University of Glasgow. Below you can read case studies of the examples we have gathered so far.

If you are engaged in research and creating or working with open data and would be interested in contributing to a case study, please get in touch at research-datamanagement@glasgow.ac.uk.