How to Quickly Synthesise Research

Day 1: Tuesday 15th October 2024, 9.30am - 12.30pm (BST)
Day 2: Wednesday 16th October 2024, 9.30am - 12.30pm (BST)

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About the course

This online course will introduce participants to the concept of research synthesis and explore simple ways to rapidly bring evidence together to inform decision making. During the day we will undertake a search for high quality evidence to answer a clinical question. We will then look at ways of identifying the findings/key themes from the research and present various methods/tools to quickly bring the results together to form a useful overview of the evidence quickly and effectively.

Feedback from previous attendees:

"This course covers a lot of ground in a very accessible and approachable way, and there are things I can take forward and share with colleagues."

"Clearly and effectively presented."

"The course was very engaging."

Who will benefit from the course?

If you are new to research synthesis or need to expand your skill set to include rapid synthesis then this course will be ideal. It will offer an introduction to synthesis for those who do not need to undertake full scale systematic reviews, but would like to be able to bring research findings together simply and quickly to form a clear picture. Typical participants might be:

  • Academics & researchers
  • Health and social care clinicians/practitioners
  • Postgraduate students
  • Health librarians and information specialists

Course faculty

Angie Rees

Dates and times

Tuesday 15th & Wednesday 16th October 2024, 9.30am - 12.30pm (BST)


The fee for this course is £179 per person.

Current UOS Staff/Students

Current University of Sheffield staff and students are eligible to book at a reduced rate of £160. An active email address is required to book at this reduced rate.

Please see Booking and payment section for further details.

 All fees are VAT exempt.

Booking and payment

Payment can be made via credit / debit card or PayPal. 

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Course Delivery/Requirements

This course will be delivered using the University's 'Blackboard' platform.

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  • Reliable and stable internet connection.
  • A PC or laptop
  • Webcam and microphone (preferably a USB headset)
  • Mouse 
  • A quiet room where there will be no/minimal disruption.
  • Ability to access Google applications (e.g. Google Docs, Google Sites, Google Sheets).

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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.

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