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Mon 20 Apr - Tue 21 Apr 2020
09:30 - 17:30

Venue: Bioinformatics Training Facility - Online LIVE Training (Time Zone = BST)

Provided by: Bioinformatics


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Introduction to R for Biologists (ONLINE LIVE TRAINING)

Mon 20 Apr - Tue 21 Apr 2020


PLEASE NOTE that until further notice, due to the evolving situation with Coronavirus no courses will be offered as classroom based at the Training Facility. The Bioinformatics Team will be teaching the course live online, with tutors to assist you with instant and personalised feedback and to help you to run/execute the scripts which we will be using during the course. We will be aiming to simulate the classroom experience as closely as possible, with opportunities for one-to-one discussion with tutors and a focus on interactivity throughout.

Discount offer of 50% off normal fees applies to this course.

R is one of the leading programming languages in Data Science. It is widely used to perform statistics, machine learning, visualisations and data analyses. It is an open source programming language so all the software we will use in the course is free. This course is an introduction to R designed for participants with no programming experience. We will start from scratch by introducing how to start programming in R and progress our way and learn how to read and write to files, manipulate data and visualise it by creating different plots - all the fundamental tasks you need to get you started analysing your data. During the course we will be working with one of the most popular packages in R; tidyverse that will allow you to manipulate your data effectively and visualise it to a publication level standard.

Please note that if you are not eligible for a University of Cambridge Raven account you will need to book or register your interest by linking here.

Target audience
  • Graduate students, Postdocs and Staff members from the University of Cambridge, Affiliated Institutions and other external Institutions or individuals
  • Please be aware that these courses are only free for registered University of Cambridge students. All other participants will be charged a registration fee in some form. Registration fees and further details regarding the charging policy are available here.
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available here

This course is aimed at beginners, no prior knowledge is required.


Number of sessions: 2

# Date Time Venue Trainers
1 Mon 20 Apr   09:30 - 17:30 09:30 - 17:30 Bioinformatics Training Facility - Online LIVE Training (Time Zone = BST) Dr Alexia Cardona,  Ashley Sawle
2 Tue 21 Apr   09:30 - 17:30 09:30 - 17:30 Bioinformatics Training Facility - Online LIVE Training (Time Zone = BST) Dr Alexia Cardona,  Ashley Sawle
Topics covered

R Programming Language, Data handling, Visualisation


During this course you will learn about:

  • Basic programming concepts in R
  • Data manipulation
  • Data visualization

After this course you should be able to:

  • Write and execute R code
  • Know where to look for help about R code
  • Read data from a file and write data to a file
  • Format data from tables
  • Create plots from data

Presentations, demonstrations and practicals


This is subject to change in line with the online training schedule.

Day 1 Topics
Session 1 Introduction to R
Session 2 Starting with data
Day 2
Session 1 Data manipulation using the R package dplyr
Session 2 Data visualisation using the R package ggplot2
Registration Fees
  • Free for registered University of Cambridge students
  • For an initial period, we are offering a discount of 50% on the normal fees that are paid below.
  • £ 50/day for all University of Cambridge staff, including postdocs, temporary visitors (students and researchers) and participants from Affiliated Institutions. Please note that these charges are recovered by us at the Institutional level
  • It remains the participant's responsibility to acquire prior approval from the relevant group leader, line manager or budget holder to attend the course. It is requested that people booking only do so with the agreement of the relevant party as costs will be charged back to your Lab Head or Group Supervisor.
  • £ 50/day for all other academic participants from external Institutions and charitable organizations. These charges must be paid at registration
  • £ 100/day for all Industry participants. These charges must be paid at registration
  • Further details regarding the charging policy are available here



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