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Nottingham Systematic Review Course 2020

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Every year the University of Nottingham hosts the popular Nottingham Systematic Review Course.

The  2020 Nottingham Systematic Review Course will now run from Tuesday 8th September until Friday 11th September 2020

This course has now been postponed from June due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) . We apologise for this inconvenience.


This course qualifies for 24 Royal College of Physicians CPD Points


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Who should attend

All people wishing to undertake reviews of randomised studies.

What previous delegates said about our course:

"One of the best courses I have ever attended. A vast amount of relevant and comprehensive information conveyed in an efficient and digestible way. Outstanding quality of presenters, organisation excellent and professional. All round top course, thank you."

"I have learnt a great deal.  I have a much better understanding of what is involved in a systematic review now."

"It has been a wonderful experience. I go out of this course significantly different than when I arrived and leave with a lot of will to apply many concepts. Thank you to all in the team!"

Course overview

The Nottingham Systematic Review Course is aimed at enabling participants to become proficient in developing and undertaking a Cochrane-style systematic review of interventions. As this is an introductory course, no previous knowledge of systematic reviewing is required.

Study methods

The course utilises a combination of lectures, small group discussions, workshops, library-based interactive tutorials, with hands on practical work at computer stations using RevMan and Endnote software. RevMan (Review Manager) is the software used for preparing and maintaining Cochrane Reviews.

What makes us different?

This is a hands-on course with a high focus on practical and computer-based learning delivered through demonstrations, guided practical exercises and facilitated tutorials. All course materials are provided in the course folder and electronic format. Experienced tutors and facilitators, expert in their respective fields, are on hand to give you practical and individual advice on undertaking publishable systematic reviews. 

No prior knowledge is required, though, to maximise your learning, we ask you to have considered the topic (PICO) of your own review prior to the course, as there is the opportunity to discuss and develop components of your own protocol.

Please note that this course does not cover diagnostic or qualitative methods systematic reviews. Please contact us if you need more information on whether this is the right course for you. 

What will you learn?

Participants will learn to:

  • Identify and clarify their review questions
  • Understand and develop search strategies
  • Manage the results of systematic searches
  • Extract data and assess risk of bias of included studies
  • Understand and carry out syntheses of extracted data
  • Apply the methodology and conduct reviews independently
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Course venue

The course venue is the new state of the art Teaching & Learning Hub, at the University of Nottingham, University Park Campus.

Course fee

We offer an Early Bird discount of 10% (only £805) if booked before 15th July, 2020.

Later bookings after 15th July will be £895.

A limited number of places are available to University of Nottingham PG students and staff at 20% discount (£715).

The course fee includes all learning materials, refreshments and a hot lunch every day.



Our delegates’ safety is of paramount importance to us.

If the course is cancelled due to COVID, all delegates will have the option to re-book on a future course or to request a full refund.

We politely request that delegates provide their own laptop for the duration of this course.

Please be assured that necessary precautions are being taken and that we will be following official safety protocols on social distancing. We have chosen our venue carefully to allow ample space and we are limiting numbers on the course to ensure all guidelines can be safely met.

In the unlikely event of a delegate testing positive and having to self isolate, full refunds will be given or delegates will get priority places on the next course.

We very much welcome any comments or queries on the above. Thank you.

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Further course information PDF

Speakers and facilitators PDF

Course booking form PDF

For course content enquiries, please e-mail jun.xia@nottingham.ac.uk

For course reservations and general enquiries, please e-mail MS-NSRC@exmail.nottingham.ac.uk

Centre for Evidence Based Hand Surgery

The University of Nottingham
C Floor, West Block, QMC
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

telephone: +44 (0) 115 823 1115