Course booking and cancellation

How to sign up for courses

To sign up for most of our courses you will need to use OnCourse, our online booking system. This is a self-service system available to all staff in the University to which you will be directed via the links on our pages.  You will need your University user id and password to log onto the system. NB. If you are attending a course as part of CREATE, please use the CREATE opening level statement form you will have received during your CREATE briefing session.

We recommend that course applications are endorsed by your Line Manager; although we accept that this is not always possible it is good practice to make your Line Manager or Principal Investigator (PI) aware of an application to attend a training session.  Note however that OnCourse will not require endorsement in the booking process.

Please be aware that you are allowed to attend a maximum of six courses per six-month period. The periods are August to January and February to July each year.

It is very important that, before you book on to a course, you check the course information carefully to make sure that the course is right for you – several of our courses require prior attendance at other sessions first or are tailored to a specific sub-group of academic staff.

Please note: Most courses are booked on a first-come-first served basis and will be confirmed by email.

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Course booking and cancellation policy

Should you become aware that you will be unable to attend a booked course, please un-book your place via OnCourse immediately in order that we can notify the trainer and offer your place to someone on the waiting list.

With places for these courses being limited, we ask that you only book a place when you are certain you will be able to attend. In an emergency please email

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Non-attendance policy

Please be aware that for short courses, failure to cancel your place three full working days before a course or failure to attend a course will incur a £50 charge to your school. To ensure a fair system, please do not send someone to a course in your place, as there may be others waiting to attend in the event of a cancellation.

For longer programmes, we have specific non-attendance policies and fees so please refer the page for that programme to find details.

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Special requirements

We aim to make our events accessible to all staff.  Should you have any specific needs to enable you to take part in an event please let us know by emailing and we will work to accommodate these.

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Certificates of attendance

Certificates of attendance can be provided to delegates on request, to support their record of continuing professional development. Please email and we will be pleased to help you.

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If you experience any technical or other difficulties whilst using OnCourse, please email and we will be pleased to help you resolve these.

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