Introduction to 'R'

1 day course: Tuesday, 4th May 2021

This one-day course provides a basic introduction to, and overview of the use of the free statistical software, R, which includes:

  • working with the RStudio interface
  • understanding different types and classes of objects
  • importing data, basic manipulation and summary statistics
  • linear regression.

Who will benefit from the course?

This course is aimed at individuals with little or no experience in R. The course is delivered in tutorial format, with short periods of demonstration followed by practical activities and time for questions. Those with previous experience with Excel VBA, STATA, SPSS and other software may find they progress faster than others, but no prior knowledge is expected. Similarly, a basic knowledge of statistics is advantageous, but not essential.


After this course you should be able to:

  • know the benefits and limitations of R
  • navigate RStudio
  • import and manipulate different types of data in R
  • write scripts to allow for replication of analysis
  • summarise & plot data, plot results from a simple linear regression
  • know where to find further information.


  • Mark Strong is the course leader, for this exciting short course
  • Robert Smith, PhD Candidate - Public Health Economics and Decision Science
Dates and times

1 day course:  Tuesday, 4th May 2021

Start: 9:00 am with registration and refreshments, for a prompt 9:30am course start.

Finish: Scheduled to finish at 4pm.


£249.00 - Early Bird Rate for confirmed bookings received on or before 11pm 4th February 2021

£349.00 - Standard Rate for confirmed bookings received on or after 11pm 20th April 2021

£125 - ScHARR staff/ScHARR student only. Bookings should be made via the Online Store. If paying by budget transfer/invoice, then a purchase order will need to be processed, before making your booking. A password is required to make this booking, please contact Karen Holden at to check your eligibility and obtain the password.

Bookings will automatically close at 11pm on 20th April 2021.

We also offer a 20% discount for group bookings of four or more people on the same course (excluding ScHARR staff/ScHARR student bookings). Please contact Karen Holden at to book.

NB: This discount cannot be applied at checkout or after a booking has taken place. ALL group bookings must be made directly with Karen Holden at

Booking and payment

We are currently taking provisional bookings for this new and exciting ScHARR short course.  Please frward your details to Karen Holden at

All of our ScHARR short course bookings are initially processed through our Online Store. Payment is by Credit/Debit Card or PayPal and via Invoice (purchase order required).

If your employer is paying your fees, and they would prefer to be invoiced, then please ensure you select the Invoice Option for the course on our Online Store and ensure that all invoice details are provided (contact email address, full address, purchase order number) and also forward a copy of the actual Purchase Order to

Bookings will automatically close at 11pm on 20th April 2021.

If you have any queries regarding booking, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Course Materials

Course Materials will be provided via a Delegate Course Website approximately 1 week prior to the course start date.  Hard copies of exercises will be provided throughout the course as necessary.  Hard copies of PowerPoint presentations will not be provided, but these can be printed by delegates before the start of the course via the Delegate Course Website.

Meals and accommodation

The course fee includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day, plus all course materials provided via a course website and on USB, and teaching fees. 

NB: Accommodation is NOT included. We do however have a preferential rate of £70 per night at Halifax Hall and £50 per night at our new Jonas Hotel, situated behind Halifax Hall. Details of how to book these are provided upon receipt of your booking. 

If you have any particular dietary or access requirements then please contact the Short Course Unit with your requirements at the time of booking.


Halifax Hall Hotel & Conference Centre

Endcliffe Vale Road,


S10 3ER

T. 0114 222 8810


For further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Short Course Unit via email at

or call +44 114 222 2968.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 30 July 2020