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Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Critical Appraisal

Next Course - 2021, date to be confirmed

If you would like to be notified once we have a confirmed date and bookings are open please email

The Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) at The University of York has been running an introductory course in systematic review methods for over 15 years. In this time, the course has gone from strength to strength and we now offer two 3-day courses a year (in late spring and Autumn). The course is delivered by CRD staff who are keen to share their expert knowledge and give a comprehensive introduction to systematic review and evidence synthesis methods to course attendees.

The course is made up of informal lectures, group work, and a computer practical and encompasses the production process of a systematic review from start (review question and protocol) to finish (reporting, dissemination, and critical appraisal). We strive to produce interactive, informative sessions that deliver the most up-to-date knowledge and methods from the field of systematic reviews and evidence synthesis.

As one of the longest standing training courses of its kind in the UK, our course continues to receive excellent feedback from attendees year after year:

“Overall the workshop was well prepared, interesting and useful & thank you for that”

“Very thorough course with knowledgeable experts.”

“Thank you for a great 3 days. I have found this course very useful and it will support my development. My knowledge had increased significantly since Monday!”

“The exercises were great to start applying new knowledge. I found the course really well paced.”

“Well organised, approachable, accessible, well directed.”

The course is suitable for anyone interested in an introduction to systematic reviews and is usually attended by learners from a range of professional backgrounds. 

Course Outline (PDF , 118kb) (subject to minor changes)

Further information on each course session can be found via the links below:

Please note that, drawing on our expertise, the course focuses on systematic reviews and meta-analysis in health-related research. As this is an introductory course, the focus is on systematic reviews of the effects of health-care interventions. Researchers from other areas are welcome to attend the course but are kindly requested to be aware that methods might differ in other fields.

Booking information

Course fees

Cost for 2019 is £750

Registration fees are VAT exempt.

Maximum Number of participants: 26 – we operate a waiting list once courses are fully booked.

Course includes

Lunch, refreshments and course pack.

Overnight accommodation, evening meals, parking (please note that University of York parking charges apply) and travel are not included in the course fee. 

Please note: To protect resources, we no longer provide printed copies of PowerPoint slides. Once you have a confirmed place on the course, you will receive online access to PDFs of all PowerPoint slides approximately two weeks before the start of the course. If you wish to have paper copies with you on the course, you can print them from the online LMS (Learner Management System). 


A Certificate of Attendance will be given out to all participants on completion of the full course.


Registration for the course can now be completed online with the preferred method of payment being by Credit or Debit card which guarantees a secured place on the course.

If you or your organisation cannot pay by credit/Debit card please email Susan Sutton at 

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Travelling by bus from the station

Bus Timetable

From the railway station take bus number 66 (bus stop opposite the station) and ask for the Heslington Hall bus stop. The journey usually takes about 20 minutes and if you have a train ticket please show it to the bus driver as it gives you a discount on your ticket.

Once you have exited the bus walk back towards the mini roundabout and at the roundabout take the right turn on to Innovation Way. In approximately 200m you will see the Research Centre for Social Sciences (ReCSS), on the right hand side after Church Lane (building 65 (F2) on the ‌).

If you are returning to the rail station after the course on the 66 bus, do not catch the 66a, as this will only take you to the centre of York.

Travelling by bus from York centre

Take the 66 or the 66a from Merchantgate (YO1 9TU) and ask for Heslington Hall bus stop and follow the instructions above (Travelling by bus from the Station) from when you exit the bus. Buses leave every 8/10 minutes.

Travelling by taxi

There is a taxi rank at the station and the journey will take approximately 15 minutes. Ask the driver to drop you at the Research Centre for Social Sciences (ReCSS) on Innovation Close (YO10 5ZF, building 65 (F2)).

Travelling by car  

If you are using Satnav, the postcode for Campus West is YO10 5DD

We recommend drivers approach the University from the junction of the A64 and A1079 on the east of the city, from where the university is signposted. 

Car parking costs & map

Map of car parks and campus Campus West Map (PDF , 1,321kb)

Parking is limited, and visitor parking is on a pay and display basis (see campus map above for locations). Parking costs £1 per hour or £6 per day, and is free at weekends and between 6pm and 8am. You can pay using coins or with a mobile phone using the RingGo Cashless parking App. 

There are disabled parking spaces in all the University car parks.

Note: Campus car parks get quite full by 9am.

Travelling by bike

The University is well served with cycle paths and is currently improving cycle access and storage facilities. Cycle racks are available in most parts of campus. The City Council provides free copies of cycle route maps around the City of York, and there is a network of cycle paths on campus (map available).

Information for cyclists


If you wish to book university accommodation, the link below will take you to the bed and breakfast accommodation available at the University of York and the nearest accommodation to the venue is Franklin House.

We recommend you do not book your accommodation until after you have a confirmed place on the course.

York Conferences



Research Centre for Social Sciences (ReCSS)
University of York
6 Innovation Close
YO10 5ZF

If you have any problems on the day please call 01904 321040

ReCSS Website and maps


There are two wifi networks available on campus - eduroam and CityConnect

Visitors from other Universities

Eduroam offers an encrypted connection and a persistent login (ie you will not have to log back in at intervals once you are connected).

If you are visiting from a participating University, you can use your own account to access eduroam when at York – it is available on campus and in the city centre. If you have connected to eduroam at your own university, your device should connect automatically here.

Other Visitors

CityConnect is an open network, which can be used by anyone, and is provided in conjunction with City of York council and is available on campus and in the city centre.

Select CityConnectWiFi on your device, then follow the instructions to login using a social media account or by completing a form – once logged in, your session will remain active for 24 hours.

Future dates

The course runs twice a year, once in late spring and again in the Autumn.

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Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

Centre for Reviews and Dissemination short courses

1. Cancellation 30 days or more before the event: course fees refunded (less 10% administrative
    Cancellation 14-30 days before event is: 50% refund
    Cancellation less than 14 days before event is: no refund

    In the event of the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination cancelling the course a full refund will
    be given, but the University of York will not accept responsibility for any additional costs 
    incurred by the delegate (for example travel arrangements).

2. Substitutions may be made at any time provided you inform us in writing 

3. All payments must be received before attending the training course.

4. Through registering for a course applicants are deemed to have accepted the above Terms and 


For administrative/booking enquiries, please contact Susan Sutton on  or 01904 321040

For questions regarding the content of the course, please contact Jennifer Brown

Disclaimer: We reserve the right to change speakers/course content at short notice.

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