Introduction to Responsible Research & Innovation (Moderated Online)
Duration 2 weeks
Training Points 6.0
Team Researcher Academy

This online course is run by the Researcher Academy 

The Researcher Academy courses are very popular and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. Semester 1 courses will be available for booking from the second week of October and Semester 2 courses from the second week of February. 

This course is delivered by the Institute for Science and Society, School of Sociology and Social Policy.

Target Audience: Postgraduate research students (PGRs) and early career research (ECR) staff from Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Medicine & Health Sciences and Social Science disciplines.


Tutor moderated online learning over a 2 week period.
Approximately 90 minutes per day at a time of your choosing.

There will be a number of learning exercises delivered through discussion forums. Your contributions to the discussion forums are your means of 'assessment' and you should expect to post messages and respond to the posts of others. Guidance will be provided throughout by the course tutor.

You will receive a link to the course in Moodle a few days before the course starts and you must use this link the first time you log in. Please log in and post a message to the socialisation forum before the course commences if possible.


Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) has rapidly become an important mode of research and innovation governance and practice within the UK, the EU and beyond, aiming to more closely align science and technology with societal needs and values.

This course provides introductory training in RRI for research students and early career research staff. The course focuses on the relationship between science, innovation and society, considering the social, ethical, regulatory and cultural questions that emerge from scientific and technological innovation, and placing technical and scientific research in their wider social, economic and political context. Learners will develop the knowledge and skills to understand and think critically about approaches to RRI, and to implement RRI in their current and future research and innovation activities.

The course will enable PGRs and ECRs
  • to consider the ways in which science and society mutually shape each other
  • to understand their own and others’ responsibilities within existing and more recent approaches to research governance
  • to grasp the predominant frameworks for RRI
  • to learn the range of ways in which RRI has been and could be put into practice
  • to comprehend the broader political and policy context at national, international and global levels
  • to consider how RRI might develop in the future
Most importantly, learners are guided through activities to develop the competencies required to adopt an RRI approach in their own research projects and field of research.

Certificate and Training Points

Upon successful course completion you will be awarded a certificate and training points.

If you are based at our UK campus, you can view your certificate, training points and course completion details on Central Short Courses (log in and click on 'My Course Bookings'). If you are based at one of our overseas campuses, please contact The Graduate School at your local campus for training point information.

Allow 15 working days from the time you have finished the assessment for your record to be updated.

Booking Conditions 

Our webinars/ online courses are very popular, especially in the current period and we are experiencing large volumes of people on our waiting lists.  

Please do let us know if you would like to cancel your place on this course so we can offer your place to another delegate. 

Please note, attendances for webinars/ online courses will still be recorded and corresponding training points, when shown as available, will be awarded.   

It is unacceptable for researchers to just not attend when booked onto a course. The Researcher Academy maintains records of those who repeatedly do not attend courses they have booked. This may affect future eligibility to book onto further Researcher Academy courses and will affect considerations for Researcher Academy funded opportunities. 


Webinar Access Instructions 

This is an online session within Microsoft Teams. On the day of the session please use the link in this email to join the meeting. Please do not click the link in this email until the day of the session.  

You will need a headset or speakers for the webinar and we recommend that you join 10 minutes before the webinar is due to start so that you can test them. Please mute your microphone, switch off your webcam and open the chat box function as you join the Teams meeting. Any questions can be asked via the chat box. 

LocationStart DateAll DatesTimesPlaces AvailableBook
Online Course21 June 202121, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 June, 01, 02, 03, 04 July 202112:00am - 12:00am16