Methods @ manchester dates for your diary

Methods Fair 2011

Wednesday 5 October 2011

Roscoe Building, University of Manchester

The Methods Fair will provide a day packed with valuable talks, workshops and stalls. These include a discussion on the obligations and opportunities of post-graduate research; workshops on topics from fieldwork to structural equation modelling; short talks from current PhD students; stalls and displays, including an introduction to Ketso – a hands-on kit for creative group-work; and an opportunity for one-to-one advice on the holdings of the British Library. The day will end with a talk by Nora Groce, UCL, on Applying Research to Real World Problems. There will be free coffee, tea and lunch.

For more details and to book a place please go to


What is…? talks

The details of the next series of What is…? talks are now available at These talks will take place every Thursday from 1 – 2pm. The venue will be confirmed in August.



Methods workshops

To book a place for any of the Methods Workshops below please go to

Friday 7 October 2011

 Deciphering ‘Voice’ from ‘Words’: Interpreting Translation Practices in the Field

1.00 – 2.30pm, Room G35/36, Arthur Lewis Building

A workshop organised by Lisa Ficklin and Briony Jones. More details will be available soon.

Friday 28 October 2011

Critical Reading for Self Critical Writing: Introduction to a Structured Approach for Reviewing Literature

methods@manchester has organised a repeat of this popular workshop by Professor Mike Wallace and Professor Alison Wray. If you would like to attend the workshop please email by Friday 5 August with a short explanation of why the workshop will be useful for you, your department and the name of your Supervisor / Line Manager. We will confirm who has a place by the end of August and will then ask participants to fill in the online booking form. See for more information. Please note that this workshop is only open to University of Manchester research staff and students.

Monday 31 October 2011

Understanding the Research Excellence Framework

1.00 – 2.30pm, Room to be confirmed, University of Manchester

Dame Professor Janet Finch, University of Manchester and Chair of the main REF panel C, will provide an outline of the REF assessment framework and the outcomes of the most recent consultation exercise. Following her presentation there will be an opportunity to ask questions.


National resources workshops

Wednesday 19 October 2011, 9.30 – 5.00

National Child Development Study and 1970 British Cohort Study: Introductory workshop

Room 2.16/2.17 (Boardroom), Arthur Lewis Building, University of Manchester

A one-day workshop by Peter Shepherd to introduce two internationally-renowned birth cohort studies. See for more information.

Tuesday 29 November 2011, 12.30 – 4.00

A talk and workshop on Timescapes – a qualitative longitudinal study

Room G.030/031, Arthur Lewis Building, University of Manchester

Timescapes is an ESRC-funded qualitative longitudinal study which explores how personal and family relationships develop and change over time. Its focus is on relationships with significant others: parents, grandparents, siblings, children, partners, friends and lovers, using the method of ‘walking alongside’ people to document their changing relationships. See for more information.


The Impact Agenda – an ESRC-funded seminar series

Seminar 4: New methods and technologies to create and capture impact

Wednesday 19 October 2011

Wilkins Room, University College London


Rob Procter, Director, Manchester eResearch Centre, University of Manchester

Julia Lane, Program Director, NSF Science of Science and Innovation Policy research program

Peter van den Besselaar, Professor of organization science, VU University Amsterdam

The Impact seminar series adopts an interdisciplinary perspective to examine and clarify the concept of ‘impact’ in the context of academic research in the humanities and social science. The aim is to identify the processes that influence impact and explore mechanisms that maximise it.

This seminar will ask how new ways of measuring impact influence the science system:

• What are the key challenges for impact measurement?

• What new kinds of tools and data are available and how might they be used?

• How might new tools change research programme management and science policy-making goals and practices?

• How might researchers maximise their visibility within these new kinds of datasets (e.g. publishing, social networking, blogging)

To view the programme and book a place please go to

Recordings from Impact Seminar 2: The ‘impact’ of culture and cultural processes: a dialogue are now available at

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