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Information Governance Training Courses

We are all responsible for protecting personal data that individuals have entrusted to the University and information that is confidential in nature. Failure to do so can result in significant harm and distress to the individuals whose data we hold, lead to reputational damage to the University and regulatory fines.  The training courses listed on this page will help you with information and resources to help keep your information, and University systems, safe and secure.

1. Data Protection & Cyber Security online training 

The mandatory Data Protection & Cyber Security course (LAOD152) covers the key principles of UK data protection law and provides best practice cyber security advice. This enables all staff to ensure information is adequately secured and avoid the risks that could result in a data breach, our ability to provide teaching and learning, the integrity of our research and discovery, large regulatory fines and reputational damage. 

All staff are required to complete the Data Protection & Cyber Security course. Anyone who has not completed the course, or has joined the University after 01 January 2023, needs to complete the course as part of Essential Courses for All New Colleagues on Blackboard. 

Whilst you are completing the course, please ensure you have any ad-blocker disabled on your browser and that third party cookies are not blocked. These can be re-enabled post completion.   

If you are unable to access the Blackboard application please contact IT Services to request access, as you will need this first before you can access or enrol on the course.

2. Freedom of Information online training 

The purpose of this training, which should take no more than 10 minutes to complete, is to:  

  • Ensure good practice in recognising and handling Freedom of Information (and Environmental Information Regulations) (FOI) requests within the University   
  • Support the work of the Information Governance Office (IGO) by familiarising all staff with basic information about FOI requests   
  • Signpost all staff to sources of further information should they need it in future  

The course takes approximately 10 minutes. It is advised you complete the training in a single sitting, however you can leave it and return to it later if required. While completion of the training is not compulsory, we encourage all colleagues to complete it.   

To start the course, Access Blackboard, log in with Duo and search for INFG217 ‘Freedom of Information’.   You may have been pre-enrolled in the course; otherwise please follow the on-screen instructions to self-enrol onto the course. 

If you are unable to access the Blackboard application please contact IT Services to request access, as you will need this first before you can access or enrol on the course. 

3. For all other Information Governance training queries

Please contact infogov-training@manchester.ac.uk.