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methods@manchester Summer School  University of Manchester

11 - 15 July 2016

9.30am - 5.00pm

methods@manchester Summer School  University of Manchester

4 - 8 July 2016

9.30am - 5.00pm

Transformative research masterclass: Investigating private companies  University of Liverpool

17 June 2016

9.30am - 4.30pm

Writing your methodology  University of Manchester

16 June 2016

9.30am - 4.30pm

NVivo training workshop  University of Manchester

2 - 3 June 2016

9.30am - 4.30pm

Qualitative software planning seminar  University of Manchester

1 June 2016

10.30am - 3.00pm

Tableau - The beautiful science of data visualisation  University of Manchester

19 May 2016

10.00am - 1.00pm

Prosopography for Humanities and Social Sciences Researchers  University of Liverpool

18 May 2016

2.00pm - 4.30pm

Telling stories with research: narratological analysis as a method for writing  University of Liverpool

16 May 2016

3.00pm - 5.00pm

Introduction to R / Advanced Graphics

 University of Manchester

12 - 13 May 2016

9.30am - 4.30pm

Using panel data from India, with STATA

 University of Manchester

10 May 2016

9.30am - 5.00pm

Elicitation techniques and narrative analysis

 University of Manchester

3 May 2016

9.30am - 1.30pm

Critical discourse analysis

 University of Liverpool

22 April 2016

9.00am - 5.00pm

Narrative interviewing

 University of Liverpool

14 April 2016

12.30pm - 5.00pm

methods@manchester Summer School

Monday 4 - Friday 8 July 2016, 9.30am - 5.00pm  |  Monday 11 - Friday 15 July 2016, 9.30am - 5.00pm

Venue: University of Manchester

methods@manchester will hold its annual Summer School over the weeks of 4-8 July and 11-15 July.  

The Summer School offers a range of specialised courses covering a variety of topics which are particularly relevant to postgraduates and researchers in humanities and social sciences. The selection includes software training as well as qualitative and quantitative analysis. The course content is based on approaches from across the various schools in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Manchester.

Each Summer School course will run for one week, delivering four days of content to a five-day timetable (Monday afternoon to Friday lunch-time), building on successful methods@manchester and CMIST short-courses given throughout the year.

Courses being held at the methods@manchester Summer School 2016 include:

  • Statistical analysis of social networks (Dr Johan Koskinen) - 11-15 July 2016
  • Introduction to Social Network Analysis using UCINET and Netdraw (Prof Martin Everett, Prof Nick Crossley, Dr Elisa Bellotti) - 4-8 July 2016
  • A system for statistical analysis using R and the R-commander (Dr Graeme Hutcheson) - 4-8 July 2016
  • Creative approaches to qualitative researching (Prof Brian Heaphy, Prof Sue Heath, Dr Helen Holmes, Prof Jennifer Mason, Dr Sophie Woodward) - 4-8 July 2016
  • Researching public and voluntary organisations (Nick Clifford and Nigel de Noronha) - 4-8 July 2016
  • Structural equation modelling using Mplus (Dr Nick Shyrane and Dr Bram Vanhoutte) - 4-8 July 2016
  • Data collection, content analysis and trend detection for the social web (Prof Mike Thelwall and Rosalynd Southern) - 4-8 July 2016

Full details of the methods@manchester Summer School 2016 including booking may be found on the methods@manchester website

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Writing Your Methodology

Thursday 16 June 2016, 9.30am - 4.30pm

Venue: University of Manchester

A publishing insider's view of how to write your methodology. Patrick Brindle got his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 1998. At Cambridge he taught courses in research methods, the social sciences and history. Patrick also supervised numerous student research projects and dissertations.

Patrick took the step of moving to publishing in 2000. He has held a number of editorial roles at Pearson Education, Oxford University Press and SAGE Publications. He has worked on academic books, textbooks, journals and on online content and video.

At SAGE, Patrick was Publisher for Research Methods, Publisher for the Social Sciences, and Publisher for Online Content. He also co-established and managed a team of development editors whose job was to work closely with authors to improve the accessibility, style and market-readiness of their manuscripts.

Over 15 years in editorial, Patrick has worked with hundreds of social science scholars and researchers on their texts and has witnessed and dealt with every kind of writing problem (and excuse) in the proverbial book.

Patrick is now the founder and director of Into Content Limited, and is Visiting Lecturer at City University, London, where he lectures on publishing.

Attendees must bring a laptop.

Booking is available via the methods@manchester website

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NVivo Training Workshop

Thursday 2 - Friday 3 June 2016, 9.30am - 4.30pm

Venue: University of Manchester

NVivo, developed by QSR, is a CAQDAS package which integrates the handling of textual data with quantitative and multimedia forms of information/data.

The two-day workshop provides the opportunity to gain a thorough introduction to the software and practice tasks using one’s own data. The focus is on gaining confidence in the early tasks of setting up projects efficiently, exploring and coding data whilst having an eye on longer term tasks.

The first day uses sample data in order to become familiar with tools and functions, following through common tasks as a group and practicing exercises as individuals. Work is structured to provide step-by-step support for commonly used early software tools, with others demonstrated to illustrate longer-term potential.

The second day provides participants with the opportunity to get started using NVivo with their own project data. This may comprise interview/focus-group transcripts, audiovisual data, documentary evidence etc. The first part of the day focuses on translating the tasks explored on day one into practice. Individuals and teams work independently with the support of the tutor. The remainder of the day focuses on experimenting with more sophisticated interrogation tools. Possibilities and implications are discussed, demonstrated and practiced.

The course will suit those who are complete beginners and those who have looked at the software and tried to use it in a limited extent. However you should have some idea about what your approach to qualitative data analysis will be. The course does not teach you 'how to do' qualitative data analysis per se. The workshop is accompanied by fully step-by-step documentation and is led by an expert user of NVivo who has been working with and training in qualitative software packages for many years. In the two day format there is time to discuss individual needs and particular methodological approaches.

Booking is available via the methods@manchester website

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Transformative Research Master Class: Investigating Private Companies

Friday 17th June 2016, 9.30am-4.30pm

Venue: Foresight Centre, Waterhouse Room, 1 Brownlow Street, Liverpool, L69 3GL

The workshop will be led by: Chris Kitchen (Corporate Watch), Richard Whittell (Corporate Watch) and David Whyte (University of Liverpool)

This one-day research training workshop is designed for professional researchers, doctoral students and activists who research corporations and corporate power. The workshop will cover a range of key issues, including: how to think through the ‘right’ questions to ask; data sources that can help us research corporate power; how research can help us understand the structure of corporate power; and ‘how to’ research companies in difficult settings.

The session will include an illustrative case-study of the fracking industry and hydrocarbon production to demonstrate these issues in the context of an applied research investigation. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss their own research problems with experienced researchers. All are welcome; postgraduate students, researchers, activists and all those who are interested in researching corporate power.

You can see highlights of last year’s event here:  

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Prosopography for Humanities and Social Sciences Researchers

Wednesday 18th May 2016, 2pm-4.30pm

Venue: Seminar Room 6, Rendall Building, University of Liverpool

Instructors: Dr. Richard Huzzey and Dr. Lucy Williams

What is prosopography and what can it do for you? This workshop offers researchers the chance to consider or share the value of prosopography in their discipline and field of interest. We will discuss what prosopography is – as either collective biography or nominal record linkage or something else – and how it has been used by not only social scientists but also humanities scholars. The event is open to researchers at all levels of experience, from veteran prosopographers to those keen to find out more.

Register via eventbrite

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Telling stories with research: narratological analysis as a method for writing

Monday 16 May 2016, 3.00pm-5.00pm

Venue: University of Liverpool

In this workshop, Dr. Will Slocombe will talk about how narratological principles and an orientation to “telling stories” can be employed as a method for writing and editing academic work, including theses, articles and monographs. Aimed primarily at PhD students, this workshop is also open to academic researchers.

Please register via eventbrite

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Elicitation techniques and narrative analysis

Tuesday 3 May 2016, 9.30am - 1.30pm

Venue: University of Manchester

Presenter: Emma Temple-Malt

This half day workshop aims to show how elicitation techniques used in semi-structured/narrative interviews can be a powerful tool for capturing aspects of people’s everyday lives. It also offers practical suggestions of how you might analyse data where elicitation techniques have been used.

The first part of the workshop explains why you might want to use elicitation techniques to complement qualitative interviews and offers an overview of several elicitation techniques. It also discusses some potential issues and barriers that need thinking through when using elicitation techniques in interviews.

The workshop includes practical/hands-on activities to facilitate learning. Therefore participants are asked to complete a relational time-line prior to attending the workshop and to bring an object and/or photograph that relates to a particular moment noted down on their time-line. The time-line, object/photograph will be used in a paired activity to narrate this particular moment. Using elicitation techniques personally to tell stories gives participants the opportunity to experience first hand the power that using objects/photos in the process of telling stories about everyday lives can have.

The second part of the workshop outlines and offers suggestions for how you might thematically analyse interviews where elicitation techniques have been used.

Participants are invited to have a go at thematically analysing portions of qualitative interview transcripts that focus on civilly partnered couples in a joint interview, narrating their relational time-lines. Participants will be encouraged to explore the theme of how couples in joint interviews approach the narration of their time-lines. More details and booking via the University of Manchester website.

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Critical discourse analysis

Friday 22 April 2016, 9.00am - 5.00pm

Venue: University of Liverpool

Presenter: Dr Andrew Kirton

This module is designed to introduce students to the theory and practice of Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) over two intensive sessions. Students are introduced to a critical understanding of discourse, which in turn encourages the analysis of language use in relation to questions of power in society. The module seeks to enable students' engagement in such analyses, introducing them to appropriate methods and techniques, and providing them the opportunity to put these into practice.

First Session: Friday 22 April 2016, 9am-5pm

Second Session: Friday 6 May 2016, 9am-12pm

More details and booking via eventbrite.

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Narrative interviewing

Thursday 14 April 2016, 12.30pm - 5.00pm

Venue: University of Liverpool

Presenters: Dr Ciara Kierans and Dr Jessie Cooper

This two-day short course prepares the postgraduate researcher for work with narrative. Covering key contributions to this form of inquiry, the course will introduce the theoretical and analytical principles of narrative research; help build technical skills for conducting, transcribing and analysing narrative interviews and explore the contributions and limitations of the use of narrative inquiry in social science research.

First Session: Thursday 14 April 2016, 12.30pm-5pm

Second Session: Friday 15 April 2016, 12.30pm-5pm

More details and booking via eventbrite.

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