Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Critical Appraisal

Please note the course is now fully booked for Monday 4th - Wednesday 6th June 2018

Through informal lectures, group work, and a computer practical, the course covers the following content:

Please click on the links for further information on each session.

Course schedule (PDF  , 154kb) (subject to minor changes)

Please note that, drawing on our expertise, the course focuses on systematic reviews and meta-analyses 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

£750 for all attendees

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

Course includes

Lunch, refreshments and course handouts.

Overnight accommodation and travel are not included. Free parking is available at the Innovation Centre.

Please note: PowerPoints will not be printed off for the course but will be available prior to the course for you to access along with the course handouts on the University of York Learner Management System (LMS) to print or save.


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


4th - 6th June course is now fully booked. 

To be added to the waiting list for this course or for our November course, please email stating which course you are interested in


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

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



Travelling by bus from the station

From the railway station take bus number 66 and ask for Heslington Hall bus stop. The journey usually takes about 20 to 30 minutes and a day return costs £2 or £1.50 if you have a train ticket for the day (Please show the bus driver). 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 200m you will see the Innovation Centre on the left hand side after Alcuin Way (building 52 on the Campus West map)

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 and the fare is £2 return.

Travelling by taxi

There is a taxi rank at the station – it will cost between £10 and £14 and take about 15 to 25 minutes. Ask to be dropped at the Innovation Centre in York Science Park (YO10 5DG).

If you have stayed overnight in the city centre the cost will be approximately the same.

Travelling by car – coming from the A64

Take the A1079 (Hull Road) exit‑ towards York. (DO NOT take the A19 turn‑ even though it is signposted to the University). At the large roundabout, you will have BP petrol station on your right. Take the first exit (left) towards the University. At the next roundabout take the second left towards Heslington. At the traffic lights turn right into Church Lane. At the mini-roundabout turn right on to Innovation Way. After passing Alcuin Way on the left, the next entrance is to the Innovation Centre car park.

Once you have parked please go to reception to pick up your parking permit.

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 Conference Accommodation



The Conference Suite
Innovation Centre
York Science Park
Innovation Way
Heslington York
YO10 5DG

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

York Science Park Website

Poster sessions

A new addition to the June 2018 course schedule!

On days 1 and 2 of the course, CRD researchers will give informal presentations of current or recent projects. 

These "Mini Poster" sessions are scheduled to take place during the lunch break and will showcase the range of projects worked on by CRD research staff as well as the varied nature of systematic reviews in a broader health-related context. Presenters will be available for questions following their presentations.

Monday, 4th June, 1pm
Hyperhidrosis quality of life measures: review and patient perspective
Presented by Julie Jones-Diette

Monday, 4th June, 1:15pm
Treatment of extravasation injuries in infants and young children: a systematic scoping review and survey of NHS practice
Presented by Mark Corbett

Tuesday, 5th June, 1:45pm
Meta-ethnography of experiences of early discharge, with a focus on paediatric febrile neutropenia
Presented by Jess Morgan

Please note: While strongly encouraged, attendance at these poster sessions is not mandatory for obtaining a certificate at the end of the course.

Future dates

The course runs twice a year, once in June and once in November.

Please check back here soon for future dates.

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

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

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