Self-Study Course: Research Integrity and Impact in an Open Scholarship Era (RIO)


The concept of open scholarship has radically altered the way in which academic research operates in Europe, providing as it does both opportunities and challenges for researchers. In addition, funders are increasingly demanding that researchers, must, as a pre-requisite to securing grant funding, have undertaken training in research ethics. Finally, there are increasing pressures on researchers to be aware of and comply with obligations under intellectual property and data protection law, and to ensure the proper management of their research data. This course seeks to provide researchers and research support staff with the tools necessary to navigate these issues.

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On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Apply the highest standards of ethical integrity in their research
  • Understand the basic principles of intellectual property law as they apply to their research
  • Appreciate the application of Data Protection law in the context of their research
  • Apply best practice standards in research data management and develop an effective Data Management Plan for their research
  • Demonstrate awareness of the opportunities that open scholarship provides for them to ensure that their research has maximum impact

How to take part

This course is available on the National Forum Open Courses for Professional Development platform.

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  3. Navigate to Self Study Courses or visit to sign up.

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