Forthcoming methods@manchester events

methods@manchester events

What is…? talks

Please note that the What is…? talk on 24 March has been postponed due to strike action. The talk will now be held on 14 April.

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.

31 March: What is Visual Analytics (VA)? By Oscar de Bruijn, Manchester Business School

7 April: What is agent-based social simulation? By Bruce Edmonds, Manchester Metropolitan University

14 April: What is email interviewing? By Lucy Gibson, Sociology


National resources workshops

Please note the new venue for the following event:

Thursday 24 March 2011
Qualitative Data Analysis Software
10.30am – 3.00pm, The Manchester Dental Education Centre (MANDEC):

Speakers: Christina Silver and Christine Rivers

It is not always easy to visualise exactly what a package offers when exploring it for the first time yourself. Equally when asking someone else for their opinion, it is not always easy to know what questions you should be asking. Most of the software packages which help the researcher to manage qualitative data, are excellent products in one way or several! Some times you choose the package that is already in situ and make good use of it; but if you have a choice about what to purchase for your research project, you may be in some uncertainty about how to proceed.

This seminar gives a comparative overview of various software packages which assist in the analysis of qualitative (textual or multimedia) data. This seminar is open to all and free to attend. For more information please go to


Methods workshops

Wednesday 30th March 2011: 12 noon‐5pm (lunch provided)

Experiments Research Network Second Seminar

Room 1.69/1.70, 1st floor, Humanities Bridgeford Street

This is the second seminar of the University of Manchester Experiments Research Network, which aims to promote collaboration on experimental research and exchange methodological expertise. It is funded by methods@manchester. See for more information.

The presenters will be:

  • Patrick Sturgis, Director, ESRC National Centre for Research Methods and Franz Buscha, Westminster Business School
  • Sarah Cotterill, School of Community Based Medicine and Peter John, School of Social Sciences
  • Laura Morales, Institute for Social Change, School of Social Sciences

Research Design Session – a session where people can get feedback on their experiments while they are still in the design stage. If you have a research design that you want to present let Charlotte Jackson know.

Please register for the seminar by contacting Sashi Palaniswamy, or by telephone on 0161 275 8080.

Wednesday 6 April 2011

Using Ethnographic Methods Workshop

10am – 4pm, Room 3.209, University Place

The workshop will be delivered through students working intensively together on fictional case-studies that are developed from original conception to final completion throughout the course of the day. The case studies will include:

Monitoring and Evaluation in rural development.

Product Development.

Hard to Reach Users in drug addiction services.

Cultural Heritage in the Tourism Industry

Sessions will be run by a mixture of academic practitioners and professionals using anthropological methods in a variety of applied settings. For more information and to book a place please go to

Wednesday 13 April 2011

Research Ethics and the University’s Research Ethics Committee

1.00 – 2.30pm, Room 2.16/2.17 (Boardroom), Arthur Lewis Building

Professor Maria Nedeva, MBS

Maria Nedeva will be explaining the overarching aims of the University Ethics Committee, how to approach preparing an application, what the committee is looking for and how to deal with responses from the committee. All are welcome, no booking required.


Are national statistics on subjective well-being valid and reliable?

An event organised by methods@manchester and the Office for National Statistics

Monday 4 April 2011, 5.00 – 6.30pm

Coffee and tea will be served from 4:30pm onwards. A drinks reception will follow the event from 6.30 – 7.30pm.

Venue: Alexander Theatre, Samuel Alexander Building

Chair: Mark Easton

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) and methods@manchester are holding a debate on “Are national statistics on subjective well-being valid and reliable?” at the University of Manchester. This supports the national debate on measuring national well-being.

The panel members will be asked questions from the chair and members of the audience. Please register in advance of the event and submit your questions on the registration form. Background material on the issues of well-being and related documents can be found on the ONS website at

Panel members include:

• Richard Wilkinson (author of The Spirit Level)

• Andrew Oswald (member of the advisory committee on well-being to ONS)

• Stephen Hicks (Assistant Deputy Director of Measuring National Well-being)

• David Hulme (Executive Director of the Brooks World Poverty Institute)
This event is free and open to all; however registration is important as places are limited. Please book a place at


The Impact Agenda – an ESRC-funded seminar series

Seminar 2: The ‘impact’ of culture and cultural processes: a dialogue

Tuesday 28 June 2011

Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester

Culture effects challenges conventional thinking and methods associated with ‘measuring’ the impact of artistic and cultural practices, participation and processes. It provides an opportunity for artists, cultural practitioners and academics to come together to explore new languages for articulating the difficult to measure, intangible, sensual and powerful ‘effects’ and ‘affects’ of arts and culture.

Culture effects takes place in a moment when the cultural sector and arts and humanities subjects in Higher Education are under pressure to prove their economic worth and policy relevance. At the same time, there is renewed governmental interest in finding ways to measure well-being and quality of life.

With key notes from Joe Winston, University of Warwick and Tom Bolton, Centre for Cities, and presentations, case studies, provocations and creative workshops, the event is relevant to the arts and cultural practitioners, academics from across the humanities and social sciences, policy-makers, educationalists and others interested in extending the ways in which they research the impact of interventions.

For more details and to book a place go to


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