Dealing with Intellectual Property issues in your research
Duration 0.5 days
Team Researcher Academy

This course is delivered by the Researcher Academy in Partnership with the Intellectual Property Portfolio Team and the Library Research Support Team

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.

Important course booking guidelines

Target Audience

Early stage postgraduate research student

Understanding and properly handling issues around intellectual property and copyright is a legal obligation, and also goes to the heart of academic research ethics. In the contemporary research context the proliferation of digital ways of handling information makes an understanding of these issues increasingly important. We recommend all postgraduate students who are starting to work towards a Masters (by research) dissertation or doctoral thesis in science, engineering and medicine and health sciences to attend this course, to develop an understanding of the implications of intellectual property rules at each stage of the research process.


This course is primarily for Science, Engineering and MHS students who have no previous knowledge of IP and Copyright.




This is a 2.5 hour presentation/seminar




This course will address the sorts of questions around intellectual property and copyright with which researchers are continually faced, including:


·        How can I protect my work for future commercial use?

·        Who owns the Intellectual Property and what is the University procedure for commercial exploitation?

·        What are the acceptable limits on quoting someone for me to criticise their ideas?

·        When does copyright protection run out?

·        Can I use this diagram from the web in my thesis?

·        Can I control how others copy parts of my thesis after it’s submitted?


The course will be divided into two sessions the first covering intellectual property rights that must be registered such as patents and designs, and the second on matters of copyright.


This course will teach you to utilise all sorts of sources, published and unpublished, printed and online, in ways that safeguard your research from accusations of ethical or legal infringement.


The course will address your rights in relation to your own original work, both from an academic and possible future commercial point of view. We will explore options open to you to control copying of your thesis / dissertation. We will also explain the importance of copyright compliance in relation to the University’s e-thesis deposition regulations.


Related Courses


If you would like to explore copyright and intellectual property issues relevant to your own research in more detail you may want to attend Identifying and Managing Intellectual Property Issues in your Research




To develop your understanding of the implications of intellectual property for the planning, conducting, presenting and possible commercial exploitation of original research.


To safeguard the academic and legal integrity of research activity.




By the end of the course you will:


·        be able to appropriately utilise a variety of sources in your academic work

·        understand your rights in relation to your own work from an academic and potential future commercial perspective in order to protect your original work


Latecomer policy
Researchers should plan to arrive prior to the advertised course start time. Except for exceptional reasons, there will be no admittance to a Researcher Academy or Faculty Training Programme (FTP) course 15 minutes after the advertised course start time.

Importance of booking commitment
When booking on to a Researcher Academy short course you are entering into a commitment to attend. If you find that you are no longer available to attend you
MUST cancel your place (on the system if more than three days before the course or if at short notice by emailing This will ensure that your place can be offered to another researcher on the waiting list. Failure to cancel a place results in other researchers missing out on places through the waiting list process.

It is unacceptable for researchers to just not attend when booked onto a course. 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.


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