Professional development and support

Although our face-to-face courses have been temporarily suspended in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and physical distancing guidance, The NIHR ARC North Thames Academy (the Academy) is still available for research and capacity building support, and we are dedicated to your continuing professional development.


Short courses

To meet the demands of research, health and care communities undergoing rapid changes to services and interventions, enrolment for this year’s Introduction to Evaluation Online course, the digital counterpart to our popular Introduction to Evaluation workshop, was made free. The response to the online course amongst the health and social care professional communities was extremely positive, with this year’s first cohort exceeding 230 people.

We will continue to provide learning and support opportunities. Find out more about our face-to-face and online short courses.


Online training and research support

Our one-to-one evaluation clinics are available on a weekly basis. If you have an idea for a service evaluation or research idea and you’d like advice from an ARC researcher, you can sign up through our online support page, where you’ll also find seminar recordings on a variety of research related topics and links to learning resources from our partner organisations.



We are committed to supporting the professional development of health and social care professionals and researchers. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and following advice from government, PHE and our host institutions, we have  temporarily suspended all face-to-face teaching in accordance with social distancing guidelines.  

In conjunction with UCL’s Department of Applied Health Research, the ARC North Thames Early Career Network and others across the partnership, the Academy hosts regular seminars promoting best research practices and dissemination of research findings. 

Our seminars are conducted live and entirely online. You can access recordings of our previous seminars by signing up through our online support page. 

Available seminar recordings include:

  • Interpreting evidence in the media 
  • My experience of using quantitative analysis for evaluation 
  • Accessing evidence 
  • Using qualitative research to encourage timely help-seeking for dementia in UK black elders 
  • Systematic reviews, part 1 and 2 
  • Evidence appraisal: applying skills 
  • Collecting qualitative data 
  • Designing an evaluation 
  • Implementing evidence into practice 
  • Introduction to STATA 


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