Doing research in or with external organisations

Title:Doing research in or with external organisations

Duration:0.5 days
Training Units1.0
The Graduate School

This course is delivered by the Graduate School

The Graduate School 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.

Target audience

Mid stage postgraduate research students
Early career researchers

This course is suitable for any researcher who intends to work with an organisation outside of the University e.g., industrial contacts, schools, the health service and other public sector organisations. You should attend this course if your research already involves or is likely to soon involve working with organisations outside the University and you would like to know a bit more about what this entails.


A half day workshop.


This workshop covers practical skills involved in researching in external organisations with whom researchers may associate. The following key issues will be discussed during the workshop:


·        Gaining access to the organisation

·        Access to experimental data

·        Dissemination of findings

·        Organisational cultures

·        Contractual obligations

·        Intellectual property

·        Research ethics

The course will help you develop the skills needed to plan and conduct a research project working collaboratively with those organisations.

Related courses

If you found this course useful you may also be interested in attending Facing the Journalists: Communicating your Research Through the Media

Research Integrity -stand-alone online course designed to strengthen your awareness of your own responsibilities and accountability when planning and conducting research and provides guidance on what to do should things go wrong. 


To help researchers acquire core skills and knowledge relating to planning and conducting a research project that involves external organisations.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course you will:

·        Understand the issues relevant to conducting research in an external organisation in order to successfully plan a research project e.g., obtaining ethical approval (if required) and negotiating access.

·        Understand potential issues when conducting researching within an external organisation in order to anticipate issues and create solutions

·        Be able to list potential options and issues around the dissemination of the findings developed from research with external organisations

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 Graduate School or Faculty Training Programme (FTP) course 15 minutes after the advertised course start time.

Importance of booking commitment
When booking on to a Graduate School 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. The Graduate School maintains records of those who repeatedly do not attend courses they have booked. This may affect future eligibility to book onto further Graduate School courses and will affect considerations for Graduate School funded opportunities.

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