Engineering with Society: Introduction to Responsible Innovation (Standalone)
Duration Accessible at any time during academic year
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 first week of October and Semester 2 courses from the first week of February. 

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.

Course platforms:

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.   

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