Research Integrity Training 

Free online training courses in Research Integrity are available to all research staff and students at NUI Galway.  The courses are provided by Epigeum (Oxford University Press), with tailored courses according to career stage and discipline.

  • Research Integrity Training for Academic staff/Principal Investigators/Research Fellows is a short 45-70 min online course.
  • Research Integrity Training for Post-doctoral researchers/Research Staff/Post-graduate students is a five-hour online course which can be completed in multiple sittings.  This course is available in 5 different versions to suit all backgrounds: Arts & Humanities, Social & Behavioural Science, Engineering & Technology, Biomedical Science and Natural & Physical Sciences.

This training is part of the national 3-year pilot in Research Integrity (2018-2021) which is currently running in institutes of higher education around the country. This pilot is funded by the IUA, SFI, HRB, EI, IRC, DAFM, EPA and The Marine Institute. 

If you would like to access any of the online courses, please contact researchintegrity@nuigalway.ie

Is it compulsory to complete training in Research Integrity at NUI Galway?

It is strongly recommended that all researchers at NUI Galway complete training in Research Integrity. The national funders (SFI, HRB, IRC, EI, DAFM, EPA and the Marine Institute) are part of the current 3-year pilot in Research Integrity training (2018-2021) and have indicated that completion of research integrity training may become an eligibility requirement to hold an award and when applying for funding. Please check with your funding body for detailed requirements.

I am a Principal Investigator/Supervisor at NUI Galway, what are the requirements for me in Research Integrity training?

Please check with your funding body for Research Integrity training requirements. We recommend that all PIs/Academic staff complete the concise online course in Research Integrity (45-70min)- Research Integrity: Concise (IRE version). Please contact researchintegrity@nuigalway.ie if you have not yet received your token.

 My post-graduate student wishes to register for Module GS5110 in Research Integrity for 5 ECTS credits – what does this involve?

As GS5110 is a “supervisor-owned module”, you will be responsible for assessing your student’s Research Integrity assignment and for inputting marks on the GS040 form. Your student will also need to attend a workshop run by the Research Office in collaboration with the Researcher Development Centre (advertised via the RDC), and complete the extended online course in Research Integrity: Research Integrity (INT version).

 As a supervisor do I have access to the extended online course that my post-graduate student needs to complete?

Yes, using the same log in details, you can access any of the 5 discipline-specific extended online courses: Arts & Humanities, Social & Behavioural Science, Engineering & Technology, Biomedical Science and Natural & Physical Sciences. The Research Integrity assignment (Portfolio) will be downloaded from the online course by your post-graduate student.

 My post-graduate student already has enough credits and does not need to complete this training as a module. Is it possible to complete the training without registering for the module?

Yes, it is recommended that all post-graduate students complete the extended online course in the relevant discipline Research Integrity: Research Integrity (INT version), and attend the workshop run by the RO and the RDC (advertised via the RDC).

I attempted the online course previously and failed the MCQ. Can I try again?

Yes, you can log in again at any time and re-take the MCQ. There are unlimited attempts allowed. Your last attempt will be recorded as your final score.

 I have completed this training previously at NUI Galway/at another institute – do I need to take part in this training again?

If you completed the Epigeum training at NUI Galway within the last 3 years, you do not need to complete this training again, provided you can provide evidence of completion. If you completed Research Integrity training (non-Epigeum) at another institute, you must complete the Research Integrity: Concise (IRE version) (approx. 45-70min online)

 Which disciplines is the Research Integrity (INT version) available in?

This extended course is available in the following 5 disciplines: Biomedical Sciences, Natural and Physical Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Arts and Humanities.

 I’m not sure which discipline-specific course to choose – can I look at the content before completing the course?

Yes, you can click into any of the courses to see what exactly they cover. Once you have chosen the most relevant course, please complete each section and take the MCQ. You must achieve >80% to pass the course and download your certificate.

 Do I need to complete the online course in one sitting – is my progress automatically saved?

You can log in and out of the course as many times as necessary. You will need to remember which section you were working on previously and continue on from there.

I tried to register for Epigeum online training but I did not receive the activation email. What should I do?

Please check your Junk Mail folder for this email. If you still can’t find it, please log a query with https://www.epigeum.com/epigeum-technical-support/. Please do not try to register again using another email address as this will use up 2 tokens.

 I have been asked for a token when registering – where can I find this?

Please contact researchintegrity@nuigalway.ie

 What should I add to the “Institutional Specific Field” when registering?

Please input your funding source here. If you have multiple funding sources, please enter each source in alphabetical order e.g. EI/IRC/SFI

 I registered for this course last year but did not manage to finish the course– will my account still be active?

Yes, you will still have access to the course until end 2019. Please log in at any time to complete (Forgot password function is available)

 How do I download my “Certificate of Completion”?

Once you complete the relevant course and achieve >80% in the MCQ, the download button beside the course will change colour. Please click on this button to download your certificate. Please retain this certificate for your records.

Which online course do I need to complete?

For PIs, please complete: Research Integrity: Concise (IRE version) (approx. 45-70min online)

For Research Fellows/Senior RFs: Research Integrity: Concise (IRE version) (approx. 45-70min online)

For Post-docs: Research Integrity (INT version) (approx. 5 hours; available in 5 different disciplines)

For Post-grads: Research Integrity (INT version) (approx. 5 hours; available in 5 different disciplines) + attendance at a 3h Workshop delivered by the Research Office/Researcher Development Centre