Forthcoming methods@manchester events

What is…? talks

These talks take place every Thursday from 1 – 2pm in Room 1.69/1.70, Humanities Bridgeford Street. No booking is required, just turn up on the day.

See for more information.

3 February: What is formal logic? By Graham Stevens, Philosophy

This talk gives a non-technical overview of some of the key features of formal logic, including a very brief overview of its historical development, and the role it has played in modern philosophical analysis. It will also cover how the subject is of benefit to students outside of philosophy.

10 February: What are bayesian methods? By Simon French, Manchester Business School

The Bayesian approach to statistical inference and decision analysis may be described in many ways. Mathematically it provides a model of how a rational scientist would update his or her prior knowledge in light of further data or evidence. The structure provided by Bayes’ Theorem allows a unified approach to inference, forecasting and decision making. Bayesian methods have been controversial because they involve the explicit introduction of judgement and prior beliefs into the model.

17 February: What is human-computer interaction? By Oscar de Bruijn, Manchester Business School

24 February: What is confirmatory factor analysis? By Paul Irwing, Manchester Business School


Methods workshops:

Tuesday 15 February 2011

Institute for Cultural Practice and methods@manchester Professional Practice workshop

Reflective practice online: logging, blogging and cataloguing

Emily Bannister, Faculty of Humanities Administration

4 – 6pm, Room 4.10, Mansfield Cooper Building

Tips and advice on how to use online and social media tools for bookmarking, information retrieval, management and research. For more information and to book a place go to

Wednesday 16 February 2011

Methodological perspectives on causality from different disciplines

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. See


National resources workshops:

Tuesday 22 February 2011, 1.00 – 2.30pm
Longitudinal resources for researching ethnicity: Understanding Society and the Millennium Cohort Study
Professor Lucinda Platt, University of Essex
Room 2.219, University Place, University of Manchester
Professor Lucinda Platt, director of the Millennium Cohort Study at the Institute of Education and director of the ethnicity strand of Understanding Society will talk about the research opportunities presented by these two major resources. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion. For more information and to book a place go to

Qualitative Innovations in CAQDAS (QUIC) events:

Thursday 24 March 2011
Software Planning Seminar
Room 2.218, University Place
A comparative overview of various software packages which assist in the analysis of qualitative (textual or multimedia) data.
Speakers: Christina Silver and Christine Rivers
This seminar is open to all. For more information and to book a place please go to

Friday 25 March 2011
NVivo version 8 Introductory one-day hands-on workshop
10.00am – 4.30pm, Basement Computer Lab, Humanities Bridgeford Street
Presenters: Christina Silver & Christine Rivers
Places on this course will be limited to 20 and therefore we expect it to be heavily oversubscribed. Please download and return the booking form by 10 February. We will let you know whether you have a place by 24 February. For more information and to book a place please go to


Promoting methodological innovation and capacity building in research on ethnicity

An ESRC-funded NCRM Network for Methodological Innovation
Angela Dale, James Nazroo, Sarah Salway and Lucinda Platt

Researching ethnicity: what, why and how?

Friday 11 March 2011

Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville Street, Manchester

The conference highlights some of the methodological issues identified during the previous workshops and offers an opportunity for reflection and discussion. We welcome participants from across all sectors. There is no charge for attendance. To view the programme and book a place please go to


New audio-recordings now on-line:

The Impact Agenda (seminar on January 12)

Cross-national comparisons: slides and audio-recording


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