Translational Research Skills Training portal

Together with colleagues within the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), Translation Manchester has developed an online training portal to upskill academics in key skills needed to translate their findings into healthcare interventions and new pathways to the benefit of patients and society.

Based on the success of theĀ Innovator Training Scheme the course focuses on non-traditional skills and topics, such as developing an entrepreneurial mindset, securing translational funding, collaborating with industry, creating impact from healthcare research and much more. The portal offers video content in the form of bite sized videos and full webinars. Additionally, the portal is enriched by interactive quizzes, reflective exercises and links to additional resources.

In addition to the modules from the original innovator training scheme, the portal features additional training modules on research impact, medical devices, software as medical devices as well ad drug discovery and development. Some of the training is delivered by external consultants specifically hired by the Translation Manchester team.

The content of the training portal is continuously updated with new materials/modules. Live training opportunities are also promoted via the portal.


How to access the portal?

Step 1: Create a Lifelong Learning Account

Head to and create an account. You can use any email address, you do not need to be staff or student at the University of Manchester to access the portal. If you are University of Manchester staff or student, but do not have an account on the Lifelong Learning portal, you will need to create one.

Step 2: Login to Lifelong Learning

Once you have created the Lifelong Learning Portal you can visit the portal again and enrol into any courses offered, including the Translational Research Skills Training. Head to and login using the credential chosen during the registration step.

Step 3: Search course catalogue

Type “Translational” in the search box and the Translational Research Skills course should appear as in the screenshot below:

Step 4: Enrol

Press Enrol Now to enrol in the course. 

Step 5: Enjoy the course content!

There are several modules already available and more coming soon. You can take any of the modules at any time and you only need to take the modules you feel might be relevant to you.

Continue to visit the portal for additional content as it gets added.

For any issues, questions and suggestions do not hesitate to contact us at

Click to visit the training portal