Engineering with Society: Introduction to Responsible Innovation (Standalone)
Duration Accessible at any time during academic year
Team Researcher Academy

This standalone online course is run by the Researcher Academy as part of the Faculty of Engineering Training Programme

This is an online standalone self-study alternative to the asynchronous and synchronous Online Course: Engineering with Society: Introduction to Responsible Research (Online) AND to the face-to-face course: Responsible Innovation: Engineering with Society

The course comprises of:

  1. Part One: Pre-Recorded bite sized Powerpoint presentations with audio
  2. Part Two: 2 x Powerpoint Slides without audio
  3. Further Reading
  4. Course handbook with individual reflective activity to be completed whilst listening and viewing the course slide content.

There are no training points associated with this course. However you can obtain a certificate of attendance/ participation if you complete all parts of the course (as ascertained via an activity completion report check).

Students therefore need to ensure each section/ activity's tick box is ticked off to show progress/ completion.

Students must have a complete line of ticks on their activity to get a certificate. 

Session Description:

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.

The aim of the module is to provide an overview of the wider social, cultural, economic and political context of engineering, chemical and materials sciences and innovation, through introducing them to Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) concepts, practices and processes. Through pre-recorded lectures, post course reading and reflection, students will develop the knowledge and skills to understand and think critically about approaches to RRI within Engineering contexts, and to implement RRI in their current and future research and innovation activities.

The course will enable Engineering PGRs

  • 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 dimensions of the EPSRCs AREA framework for RRI
  • to develop understanding of the range of ways in which RRI could be put into practice in their own work
  • to comprehend the broader political and policy context at national, international and global levels

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.

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Course Accessibility

The following table shows a summary of what is needed to participate in the course. 

If you feel you will experience any difficulties participating, please let us know via the ‘special requirements’ tab, providing as much information as possible. The special requirements tab can be completed when you book your place. Alternatively, you can contact us directly at

Course open throughout the year
Access Moodle
Engage with online materials
Watch and listen to the course tutor(s) and/or other attendees
Complete reflections document/ workbook (optional)
Undertake and submit an assessment (to be marked as attended)

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