Medicine & Health Sciences Graduate Centre

N-trans Training Programme


If you are a research student in one of the University of Nottingham Biomedical Research Units or have a research project that is clinically translational in nature you may wish to consider following the N-trans training programme. Please discuss with your supervisor which training programme best suits your training and developmental needs.  

If you choose to follow the N-trans training programme then you must complete a minimum number of training courses to receive accreditation.  A half day (duration of 2-4 hours) workshop is equivalent to one training point. 

The minimum training requirements for each year are:

  • Year 1 (or Part time equivalent): complete a minimum of 15 training points
  • Year 2 (or Part time equivalent): complete a minimum of 10 training points
  • Year 3 (or Part time equivalent): complete a minimum of 5 training points

These credits should mostly be gained by attendance and participation in the courses within the Programme. Students should discuss their training needs at regular intervals with their supervisor and identify the appropriate courses to attend. The programme includes compulsory elements which are outlined below,

Many of the N-trans training courses are run once or twice during the academic year. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come basis. The course venue will be provided in the course booking confirmation email. Please note the start time of courses, latecomers may be turned away.





Please make sure that you keep a record of your bookings. Updates / minor changes to the Programme will be available on the Medicine & Health Sciences Graduate Centre website.

To book your place on these courses, please click on the course titles below. The link will direct you to the course page on Central Short Courses,  scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "book".   

Training courses run between November and June. Courses will be open for booking from week commencing 15 October 2018. 

Courses listed by skills area



Communication and networking skills

Creating a poster in PowerPoint
Faculty Postgraduate Research Forum 
Further presentation skills for researchers
Introduction to the skills of assertiveness and negotiation (online)
N-trans sandpit meeting 1- research focus
N-trans sandpit meeting 2- impact focus
N-trans sandpit meeting 3- funding focus
Presentation skills for researchers 

Teaching and Learning  You may allocate up to 2 training points from these courses to your N-trans Training Programme. (for mid stage)

Using posters to communicate research
Maximising the benefit of conference attendance 
Writing scientific abstracts

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Conducting your PhD/DM/Mphil

Nature of the doctorate and the supervision process (for early stage)
Preparing for your confirmation review (for early stage)
Editing academic writing (for early stage)
Problems with academic writing (any stage)
Drafting a chapter of your Thesis (for early/mid stage)
Structuring your thesis (for mid/late stage)
Creating a strong argument for your thesis (for late stage)
Preparing for the viva (for late stage)
Planning your research
Researching sensitive or distressing topics

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Data analysis

Statistical Analysis suite of courses You may allocate up to 4 training points from these courses to your N-trans Training Programme 

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Information technology and library skills

Researcher information skills for new researchers in ... (Faculty versions  Medicine & Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Science
Referencing for researchers (online)
Introduction to Endnote

Information Technology skills: You may allocate up to 4 training points from these courses to your N-trans Training Programme.

Microsoft Access

Microsoft Access: Introduction

Simple Queries and Reports using Access

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel: Introduction

Simple Calculations in Excel

More Functions in Excel

Using Excel as a Database

Microsoft Powerpoint

Microsoft PowerPoint: Introduction

Microsoft PowerPoint: Advanced

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word: Introduction

Collaborating in Microsoft Word

Creating and Managing Long Documents in Microsoft Word


LaTeX for researchers: an introduction

Further LaTeX for researchers: developing your skills in LaTeX

Other software

Working with Photographs using GIMP


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Research governance

A question of ethics: the use of humans and animals in biomedical research
Embedding the 3Rs in Research
Equality and Diversity at work (online)
Exploring ethics in research
Good Clinical Practice training
Patient, Carers and Public Involvement in Research
Research Data Management (online)
Introduction to Research Data Management
Research Integrity (online)

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Research skills and techniques 

Biomedical Imaging in research
Critical Appraisal of scientific literature 2 (clinical) (tbc 2018/19)
Critical Appraisal of the literature 1 (non-clinical)
Critical Appraisal of the literature coursework 
Introduction to online research methods (tbc 2018/19)
Introduction to quantitative research
Good Laboratory Practice -fundamentals
Good Laboratory Practice -techniques
Mathematics in the lab
Qualitative Observational Studies
Systematic Review and/or Qualitative Systematic Reviews, and Systematic Review: Literature searching


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Medicine & Health Sciences Graduate Centre

The University of Nottingham
C11, Medical School
Queens Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

Tel: +44 (0)115 823 0068