HRA releases bite-size eLearning modules to help student researchers get it right first time

Last updated on 7 Dec 2018

We have improved the information we provide on our website for student researchers and those who support them.

As part of this work, we have launched three bite-size modules aimed at students and their academic supervisors.

The new, short modules are freely available and focus on the following topics:

  1. Sponsors’ and supervisors’ role in educational research
  2. Applying for HRA and HCRW Approval
  3. Setting up research sites in England and Wales.

These modules take around five to 10 minutes to complete and can be accessed directly on our student research webpage.

Student research should be approached in the same way as other studies taking place in the NHS, but our webpage and modules aim to present clear information for those who may be new to research.


By improving the information we provide to student researchers, who may be new to research and the processes to follow, we can support them to avoid common errors and navigate the requirements to undertake research in NHS.

We hope that supervisors will encourage their students to carry out our free eLearning and that students find the bitesize modules and the information on our student research webpage helpful.

Supervisors can further support their students by creating a ‘research culture’ at their educational institutions. This can involve promoting students’ awareness of health and social care research, research ethics and public involvement, as well as enabling them to develop skills in research methods.”

Jen Harrison, HRA Approval Change Manager

More information about how academic supervisors can support their student researchers can be found in The UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care, which sets out what good research looks like.

We would love to hear what you think about our new bitesize modules, please direct any feedback to our Learning and Development team

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