SWD 2: Version Control with Git and Github

Workshop Content

Version control can be thought of as the lab notebook of the digital world: it’s what professional software developers and authors use to keep track of what they’ve done and to collaborate with other people.

Every large software development project relies on it, and most programmers use it for their small jobs as well. It isn’t just for software: books, papers, small data sets, and anything that changes over time or needs to be shared can and should be stored in a version control system.

In this hands-on course, you will develop the skills to use the most common version control system (Git) through the following activities:

  • Understanding the benefits and advantages of automated version control
  • Setting up Git on your own computer
  • Creating a repository
  • Tracking changes and exploring history
  • Ignoring files
  • Managing remote repositories using Github
  • Managing teams and collaborating
  • Coping with conflicts
  • Hosting code
  • Open Science and Licensing issues


We recommend that attendees have a working knowledge of the Unix shell. A suitable course is Introduction to Unix for HPC


One day


This course will run at least twice each academic year.


Research postgraduate students and above; teaching and lecturing staff.



This course can be booked through the IT Training Unit. Click here to book.