Forthcoming Methods@manchester events

‘What is…?’ talks

What is action research? by Heather Waterman, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, 25th November

Action research usually involves a group of people carrying out systematic enquiries to assist them to improve some aspect of their life which is causing conflict or tensions. The aim of action research is to bring about a transformation of understanding in the participants that underpins changes in their social circumstances. It is a democratic problem solving approach achieved through a cyclical process that moves between initial problem identification and reflection to planning, taking action, evaluation then further reflection and planning.

 What is sensitive interviewing? By Angela Melville, Law,  2 December

What is GIS? By Sarah Lindley, Geography, 9 December

 The recording of What is time series analysis? by Denise Osborn on 11 November 2010 is now available at

Methods workshops

Research Computing Support for the University of Manchester, Monday 6 December, 1 – 2pm, Room G30/31, Arthur Lewis Building, University of Manchester

This talk will outline the available support for research computing: optimising and parallelising computer models, visualisation, and supporting access to (inter)national high end computing facilities. Typical examples and case studies will be presenting illustrating, for example, how ITS has helped reduced the time to run computer models from years to hours. Research Computing Services offers a range of courses to postgraduates and staff that will improve your skills in all aspects of Research Computing including programming, high end computing and visualization.

Ethical Concerns for Conducting Sensitive Interviews, Tuesday 7 December, 1 – 3pm, Room G30/31, Arthur Lewis Building, University of Manchester

Researchers and practitioners often interview vulnerable people or individuals on sensitive issues. As the person conducting the interview, one needs to be aware of power imbalances, ethical issues regarding confidentiality, safety, and respect, as well as how to conduct the interview – finding the balance between guiding the interview and allowing the interviewee to ‘own’ their specific experience and the telling of it. 

Methodological perspectives on causality from different disciplines, Wednesday 16 February 2011, 12.00 – 4.00pm, Room 1.69/1.70, 1st floor, Humanities Bridgeford Street

A half day workshop organised by methods@manchester and the Causal Analysis Group.

The objective of the workshop is to bring together researchers working on causality with a disciplinary focus, to learn about methods of causality from a different discipline. The intended audience includes postgraduate students and early career researchers from different disciplines but all researchers are invited. The speakers will present a methodological overview of their specific causal approach, using appropriate examples, in a lay person’s language. There are only 50 places available so please book early.

For more information and to book a place on methods workshops go to

Slides from the Multilevel modelling day are now available at

National Resources workshops 

An introduction to online resources for the analysis of qualitative data, Monday 6 December, 9.00 – 4.00, Basement Lab, Humanities Bridgeford Street, University of Manchester

This workshop will discuss resources aimed at helping researchers find their way around the range of different software packages for qualitative analysis. Graham Gibbs directs the REQUALLO project at the University of Huddersfield and is an E-Learning Consultant to QUIC – The CAQDAS networking project at the University of Surrey. For more information and to book please go to

The Impact Agenda – an ESRC-funded seminar series

Seminar 1 Impact: approaches and contexts, Wednesday 12 January 2011, Boardroom, 2nd Floor, Arthur Lewis Building, University of Manchester

Lead: Peter Wade and Penny Harvey, Anthropology, University of Manchester

Impact has become of increasing concern in academic life and these seminars aim to tease out how and why this has come about; the processes used by different disciplines and how academics can maximise the impact of their research. The first seminar will explore the contemporary framing to the process of thinking about the relationship between intellectual activity, academic institutions, and the public good. To view the programme and book a place please go to


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