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Teaching - courses and workshops

The SURE team are actively involved in teaching systematic review skills. Most are core skills for researchers and the team teaches a number of stand-alone workshops for Cardiff University and external organisations.

Details are given below of the various courses and workshops SURE staff have been commissioned to teach recently or will be teaching in the next academic year.

If you have specific skills development needs, please contact us.


Conducting a systematic review: a practical guide

DATE: 20 - 23 June 2016

An intensive four-day course designed to provide attendees with the skills to conduct a systematic review.  

For further information: Conducting a Systematic Review: a practical guide.

How attendees describe it:

Very useful course before starting a systematic review. Mandatory for first timers.

An in-depth course covering the theory, method and practical aspects of systematic reviewing delivered by staff who are active researchers in this area.

Cardiff Researcher Programme (previously Research Staff Career Development Skills)

Systematic Literature Searching 
Introduction to Systematic Reviews
Critically Evaluating Papers


Cardiff Graduate College Programme

Critical appraisal of qualitative research
Critical appraisal of quantitative research
Developing systematic literature searches
Introduction to systematic reviews
Narrative synthesis or meta-analysis 
Qualitative evidence synthesis 


Specially commissioned internal and external workshops

Introduction to systematic reviewing
Literature searching for public health
Sourcing review evidence for public health interventions
How to read and critically assess research papers
Critically appraising research
Introduction to Evidence Based Medicine


Some indicative feedback

It’s a very good course to attend early in your programme. Good practical application of the taught theory (Developing systematic literature searches)

Good visuals made the process very clear. Can think of no practical suggestions for improvement – Excellent overall. (Literature searching for public health)

Interactive style, very knowledgeable speaker. A valuable introduction. (Introduction to Evidence Based Medicine)

Focused, practical and real life experiences, step by step approach to understanding systematic reviewing. Very informative and useful for a beginner. (Introduction to systematic reviews)

Useful overview of the topic and useful to practice techniques, very well explained, comprehensive and a systematic approach. (Critical appraisal of qualitative research)

Very good course. It will change the way I interpret results from studies. (Critical appraisal of quantitative research)

High quality, very motivating and very worthwhile. It was well structured and easy to ask questions. (Critically evaluating papers)