Training and development

Training and development opportunities

Completion of training in human research ethics is mandatory for all UOW staff and student researchers working with human participants or their data. Evidence of completion of this training must be uploaded when submitting a new application to the Human Research Ethics Committee and when adding a new investigator to an approved protocol.

Investigators who are external to UOW may be required to show evidence of training if it is an application from an external party (not including NSW Health) or if the extent of their involvement is significant.  If in doubt, contact the Ethics Unit for clarification. 

The training does not have to be provided by UOW but must be demonstrably equivalent in content and have been completed in the last 3 years.  The Macquarie University Social Sciences Ethics Training (online module) is accepted.

UOW training options include online modules and workshops. You can choose the option that suits you best, you do not need to do both. The workshop program includes introductory sessions and workshops on specific topics of relevance to human research ethics. Registration for the workshops is open to anyone interested. 

  • Online training. The Epigeum module Research Ethics is accessible on Moodle, see Ethical Research TRNG020_19. It consists of 8 modules with quizzes, and should take approximately 4 hours to complete.

  • Workshops. Introduction to Research Ethics & Integrity: This workshop will cover the basic framework of Research Integrity and how it is supported at UOW. The fundamental principles of the National Statement will be covered with reference to preparing an application for ethics approval.  The session also includes training on the UOW online application system, IRMA. At this stage, we are unable to take bookings for the Workshop. If you need to obtain an Ethics Training Certificate in order to submit an Ethics Application, please complete the Online Training Modules detailed above. We apologise for any inconvenience.
  • Training on IRMA. Training on IRMA.  For video guides, the user guide and information about IRMA support please see the IRMA help page.

Contact for more information or to register

Research Integrity training for researchers includes:

Workshops, Seminars and Q&A Sessions

Mythbuster – Research Integrity for Supervisors and Aspiring Supervisors

This session was held on 4 August 2021 – a recording a copy of the slides can be found in the Mythbuster sessions folder on the self-enrol Research Integrity Moodle site.  

Mythbuster – Research Integrity and Data Management

This session was held on 18 August 2021 - a recording and copy of the slides can be found in the Mythbuster sessions folder on the self-enrol Research Integrity Moodle site.  

Mythbuster – Predatory Publishing and Conferences 

This session was held on 13 September 2021 - a recording and copy of the slides can be found in the Mythbuster sessions folder on the self-enrol Research Integrity Moodle site.  

Webinar: International Collaborations

This session was held on 30 November 2021 - a recording and copy of the slides can be found in the International Collaborations folder on the self-enrol Research Integrity Moodle site.  

If you have a Research Integrity training need in your area, please contact  so we can discuss your needs.  

Online Training

There are two Research Integrity Moodle sites offering different experiences and content. Depending on your training needs, background and current knowledge you could explore both or you may decide to do one or the other. Both are applicable to all researchers (staff and students).

  1. Moodle – Epigeum Research Integrity: The content within this site is based on the Australian governance framework, referencing the NHMRC code and guidelines throughout the modules. A quiz is available for each of the 13 modules with a certificate available on successful completion of all 13 quizzes. This certificate can be used as evidence of completion of recognised training in RI.
  2. Moodle/Introduction to Research Integrity and Ethics (TRNG044_17): This online training module outlines Research Integrity concepts for researchers (staff and students) in stand-alone modules for:
    • Biomedical Sciences
    • Natural and Physical sciences
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Social and Behavioural Sciences
    • Art and Humanities

The Research Services Office will happily provide staff and students with on‑demand face to face training on Research Integrity, Ethics both Human and Animal and Defence Export Controls.

Contact the Research Integrity Officer on to discuss your training needs.

External Resources

Watch On Being a Scientist (2016), produced by Leiden University and Crochetta Films and think about the difficult dilemmas you, as a researcher, may be confronted with as you progress through your career and how the decisions you make can impact on you later on in life.

The USA Office of Research Integrity offers interactive online training in research integrity for laboratory and research clinic based researchers.

Work through the Integrity Factor: Interactive Movie on Scientific Integrity to see how the choices you make as you progress through your research will lead you in different directions as you focus on the daily life of Tess, a PhD student in a Western European setting. This is a joint production initiated by the Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen, UMCG, Institute for Medical Education.

Other useful resources

The following publications may be of use to you to further your knowledge on research misconduct issues:

If you would like to add to this list a publication that you feel may be of use to researchers please email


Register to attend the Research Grant Workshops coordinated by PODS. UOW staff only.


Research grants presentations (UOW staff only)


  • Research grant writing and grant management presentations
  • ARC grants presentations
  • Presentations from visiting ARC and NHMRC members

Research Data Training

Research data training is available to all researchers though Moodle. 

It is recommended that HDR and Honours students as well as new researchers to UOW complete this training so that they are up to date with Research Data at UOW.

Research impact training is coordinated by PODS. 


New Researchers

All new UOW researchers are now required to complete the ANZCAART (Australian and New Zealand council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching) ComPASS Animal Welfare Training Modules 1 to 8 for preliminary training.

In addition new researchers will attend a face to face or online seminar.  Seminars run in March and August each year.  ComPASS training is required prior to commencing any animal work.

Refresher and Supervisor training

Existing researchers that have previously completed either UOW or another institution Animal Ethics training module are required to complete refresher training every 3 years. The ANZCAART (Australian and New Zealand council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching) ComPASS Animal Welfare Training Modules 1 to 8 are now required for all researchers and supervisors. Additional training in UOW specific procedures is also required and a new module will be available in early 2021.

Practical training: Research specific animal handling and procedure training is provided on demand in the UOW Animal Facilities. Please consult the UOW Animal Research Training Guidelines for details.

Please send your ComPASS certificate and register for UOW specific modules/seminars by email to 

Introductory biosafety course

Other training resources