Seminars and Workshops

Seminars and Workshops

This page contains details of:

  • Research & Development Seminars (Upcoming and recorded)
  • Workshops/Drop In Sessions
  • NoSCAR Seminars


Research and Development Seminar Programme

NHS Grampian Research & Development (R&D) Training Team deliver a programme of monthly seminars.

The presentations include those given by R&D staff as well as staff/students involved in clinical research from the University of Aberdeen, Robert Gordon University and NHSG.

We look forward to having you there! Please contact for booking/further information.


Seminar Series 2023

Upcoming R&D Seminars


Scottish Bioresources and multi-omics health research;  An update on the Aberdeen SHARE bioresource

Prof Colin Palmer, Population Health and Genomics, University of Dundee


SCI-Diabetes-An integrated digital eco-system for supporting Diabetes Care and Diabetes Research in Scotland

Prof Sam Philip, Consultant Physician Diabetes and Endocrinology, NHS Grampian

  • Monday 5th June, 2-3.30pm, Level 2 Seminar room 2.046, The Rowett Institute. 

Please contact to reserve your seat

Commercial Team Overview, Research and Development (R&D), NHSG

Dr Alison Stewart, Commercial Team Manager in Research and Development, will provide an overview of the team's work. Covering, in particular, Feasibility/site selection, Study set up and R&D approval, Site Initiation Visits/RGL/Recruitment, Amendments, Finance including travel expenses and Study close out/archiving. Questions welcome.

  • Tuesday 20th June, Health Sciences Building (Room 115), Foresterhill Site, 12-1pm

Please email to reserve your seat

NHS Grampian Charity

Lisa Duthie, NHS Grampian Charity Lead,  will provide an overview of NHS Grampian Charity and their new strategy and plans. Information on the kind of projects that are funded and how you can apply for funds, along with the opportunity to ask any questions you have. 

  • Thursday 6th July, 12-1pm via Microsoft Teams

Please email to note your interest

North of Scotland Research Ethics Service (NoSRES) information with Dr Rachel Hardie (more details to follow soon)

  • Wednesday 13th September, 12-1pm, the Health Sciences Building (HSB) Room 115, Foresterhill Site.

Please email to reserve your seat

InnoScot Health (more details to follow soon) with Leigh Mair, Innovation Manager, InnoScot Health

  • Wednesday 4th October, 12-1pm, via Microsoft Teams

Please email to note your interest

'The importance of diversity in trials and other health research' with Prof Shaun Treweek, Professor of Health Services Research, University of Aberdeen 

  • Wednesday 1st November, 12-1pm, the Health Sciences Building (HSB) Room 115, Foresterhill Site

Please email to reserve your seat

Quality Assurance With Rory Lynch, Research Monitor and Quality Assurance Support Officer (details to follow)

  • Wednesday 29th November, 12-1pm, the Health Sciences Building (HSB) Room 115, Foresterhill Site

Please email to reserve your seat

'Why, when and how do I need to apply to HSC-PBPP?' With Panel Manager Dr Marian Aldhous, Public Benefits and Privacy Panel for Health and Social Care (HSC-PBPP)

  • Wednesday 6th December, 12-1pm via Teams

Please email to note your interest


Recordings of previous seminars from 2023 and 2022

(Please note these seminars are aimed for University of Aberdeen, Robert Gordon University staff/students and NHSG staff)


'Health research: identifying and winning grant funding to support your research' with Dr Juliette Snow, Senior Research Development Executive, Research and Knowledge Exchange, University of Aberdeen.

This Seminar covers finding funding, developing research applications and research contracts.

You can watch the recording here.

‘Linking NHS Grampian tissue samples and clinical data for research’ with Joan Wilson (Biorepository Manager, NHS Grampian), Kristine Nellany (Senior Biomedical Scientist, NHS Grampian), Kate O'Sullivan (Grampian Data Safe Haven (DaSH) Operational Lead), and Joanne Lumsden (Lead Research Coordinator, DaSH).

This seminar covers the availability and approval requirements for accessing tissue samples and linking to clinical data from electronic health records via support from the NHS Grampian Biorepository and Grampian Data Safe Haven (DaSH). The Grampian Biorepository is a Research Tissue Bank, part of the NRS Tissue Bank Network and set up by the CSO to collect, store and release pseudonymised human tissue gathered from NHS Grampian patients for approved research projects. The Grampian Data Safe Haven (DaSH) is a secure, virtual healthcare data analysis centre for the secure processing and linkage of pseudonymised health and population data.

You can watch the recording here 

'Delivering on the History of Delivery' with Professor George G Youngson, Emeritus Professor of Paediatric Surgery, University of Aberdeen.

The development of the recently released book, "Bringing Life to Aberdeen: A History of Maternity and Neonatal Services" is presented, which documents the history and development of midwifery and maternity services in the city. 

 You can watch the recording here

‘Archiving – Researchers’ Responsibilities’ with Mr Richard Cowie, Quality Assurance Manager, NHS Grampian and University of Aberdeen

For new and experienced researchers: an update, from the NHSG-UoA Named Archivist, of the session delivered in 2018. This covers archive regulation, local policy, best practice and 'myth busting' regarding archive of clinical research data in Grampian. 

You can watch the recording here. (Please note the information in the recording was correct as at 02.11.22. Refer here for SOP updates.)

‘Research involving the NHS. Where do I start?’ with Stacey Dawson Research Governance Officer, University of Aberdeen, presented in October 2022. 

The seminar covers the approvals required for non-commercial research involving the NHS. It covers Sponsorship, what it is (and isn’t) as well as ethical review and R&D approval and how to apply for these. Suitable for students and early career researchers who haven't gone through the approvals process before, a refresher for those who have or anyone interested in the process. 

You can watch the recording here. (Please note the information in the recording was correct as at 05.10.22. Refer here for SOP updates.)

‘SReDA: Q&A, Advice & Demos’ with Dr Alison Stewart, Manager of Commercial Studies, Research & Development, NHS Grampian, in August 2022.

You can watch the recording here

‘Acute Nursing during Covid’ with Dr Aileen Grant from the Robert Gordon University, presented in June 2022.

 You can find out more information about the study here.


Additional seminars are available via the University of Aberdeen. Please see here for upcoming events.


Workshops & Drop in Sessions 2023


'Amendments', your questions answered with Louise King, (Clinical) Research Governance Manager, University of Aberdeen.

The workshop will discuss how to complete an Amendment Tool and how to submit an Amendment.

  • Tuesday 12th September, 2-3pm, in the Health Sciences Building, Foresterhill Site. 

Booking is required and spaces are limited. Please contact with enquiries.

NHS Grampian Research & Development Lunchtime Drop-In Session 

  • Tuesday 19th September, 12-2pm, in the Suttie Centre Atrium (Ground floor), Foresterhill Site.

The session is aimed for New researchers/PhD/MSc students who wish to put together an application to do a research project under the Sponsorship of the University of Aberdeen and/or NHSG.

Do you need to know more about the process of getting your study up and running? How do you apply for permissions? Who is your Sponsor? Which documents are required for ethical approval? Where do I go for help? If you are unsure, then come along!

You will find representatives from: Research Governance (Sponsor contacts for the University of Aberdeen and NHS Grampian); NHSG Research & Development (R&D Permissioons); NoSRES (North of Scotland Research Ethics Service); Monitoring Team.

The sessions aims to:

1) Introduce you to the relevant personnel

2) Highlight the application processes and documents required

3) Give contact detials, training and web resources to aid you on your research journey

Booking is not required, but please contact with any queries 



NoSCAR Seminars

NoSCAR (North of Scotland Centre for Applied Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research)
Please click here to view the 2023 NoSCAR Seminar Series.