methods@manchester events

What is…? talks

The details of the What is…? talks for this semester are available at The talks take place on Thursdays from 1 – 2pm in room 1.69/1.70, first floor, Humanities Bridgeford Street. All are welcome and no booking is required, just turn up on the day.

Today’s talk is What are Citizens’ Juries? by Kingsley Purdam of CCSR. In the UK Citizens’ Juries have involved members of the public, researchers and policy makers coming face to face to deliberate research, policy evidence and expert opinion over a three or four day period. In relation to a specific policy issue of public importance citizens are supported to pose questions to, and engage in debate with, policy makers and experts and then to reach a decision (verdict) and/or set of recommendations. Citizens’ Juries are often used alongside other research and public consultation tools such as surveys. See for more information.


Methods workshops

Friday 20 April 2012 Introductory training to Eurostat website and databases 9.30am – 4.00pm, Room 4.2, Roscoe Building, University of Manchester

Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union situated in Luxembourg. Its task is to provide the European Union with statistics at European level that enable comparisons between countries and regions. This free workshop will provide an introduction to Eurostat’s resources. For more details and to book a place please go to ———————————————————————

Thursday 8 March 2012 – International Women’s Day Studying Gender Policy Change Over Time Workshop 11.00 – 3.30, Boardroom, Arthur Lewis Building, University of Manchester

This one day workshop is for those interested in researching gender policy change, and for those interested in studying policy change over time using quantitative or mixed methods. It will provide an introduction to the questions, data and methods which can be used to approach the study of gender policy change over time. To view the programme please go to There is no charge for this event but places are limited. If you would like to attend or for further information please ———————————————————————

Tuesday 20 March 2012 Manchester Digital Media Network Workshop 2: Methods and Challenges of Researching Social Networking Sites Tuesday 20 March, 9:30am – 5pm Room G306a, Jean MacFarlane Building

Social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, are now widely used in everyday activities for both work and leisure. As a result, they are also increasingly used in social science research, whether as a site or object of research, or as a tool to recruit research participants or disseminate one’s work. Yet, there is no single methodology for studying SNS, nor an established methodological ‘toolkit’. The aim of the workshop will be precisely to try and create such a toolkit, firstly by mapping several possible approaches to SNS (qualitative and quantitative) and familiarising the participants with available software to apply some of these approaches. For more information see Participation is free but registration is required as the number of places is limited. If you are interested in participating, please contact Caitriona Devery at The closing date for registrations is 23 February 2012.


The Impact Agenda – an ESRC-funded seminar series Seminar 5: New Frontiers of Impact Wednesday 22 February 2012, 9.00am – 5.00pm Manchester Business School Lead: Ian Miles, Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, Manchester Business School

This 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. “New frontiers of impact” gives us considerable leeway for exploring how different types of knowledge creation and application may shape the impact agenda, including examination of how these knowledge processes and outcomes may be appropriated and further shaped and developed by users (and co-producers) of different sorts. To view the programme and book a place please go to ———————————————————————

Other events

Whose Past? History, Public Engagement and the Future of the historical disciplines An ESRC North West Doctoral Training Centre Event Wednesday, 22nd February 2012, 1.00-4.30pm University of Manchester, Roscoe 1.010, Lunch will be included.

Places can be booked via the Manchester eprog system. Students and researchers at Liverpool, Lancaster and other institutions should book a place by emailing

Public interest and engagement with history has grown over the past decade. In part this has been driven by new media that provide a much more direct link between the interested public and historical sources (for instance through the availability of census and family records on-line, or the efforts by museums and libraries to digitize their collections). The production of history-based content by traditional media, in particular radio and TV, has both accompanied and stimulated this interest. But how can historians forge links between their own research and this wider audience? How can the historian’s expertise – a critical engagement with the past – contribute positively to this growing public engagement? Such questions are crucial, particularly at a time when the historical disciplines are being asked to demonstrate the ability to speak to a broad audience. The challenge is to do so in ways that enrich both way in which the public engages with the past, and the very ways in which history is researched. This workshop will invite historians with a proven track record of public engagement and experts in the production of historically-based content for public audiences to discuss with students and researchers how the profession can meet these challenges. This event will be of particular interest to doctoral students in the historical disciplines who are interested in thinking how best to generate an impact from their research, or those interested in pursuing careers not in academia, but in history-related public facing professions beyond their graduate studies.

The ESRC North West DTC is the UK’s largest postgraduate social science training centre, providing PhD students in the Universities of Manchester, Lancaster and Liverpool with access to quality research training. The DTC funds 63 new postgraduate studentships per year to support research and training at doctoral level, amounting to more than £15 million of investment over the five years. For more information see:



artsmethods@manchester is a programme of talks, workshops and events running throughout the year that explore approaches to arts research and the breadth of methodological expertise in the arts and languages at the University of Manchester. The website contains useful resources both at the University of Manchester and nationwide. For more information please visit A full list of workshops on the 2012 programme can be found at University of Manchester staff and students should visit the events calendar for details of how to book. All others please email ———————————————————————

Multilevel Social Networks Symposium

The Multilevel Network Modelling Group in association with the Mitchell Centre is hosting an International Symposium on the Statistical Analysis of Multilevel Social Networks. The Symposium takes place on the 19th and 20th of June 2012 at the Digital Centre, The Lowry, Manchester. Funded by The Leverhulme trust. The symposium will explore new approaches in multilevel network analysis and the challenges that lie ahead. The keynote speaker is Professor Tom Snijders (Oxford/Groningen), and other speakers include: Noshir Contractor, Philippa Pattison, Garry Robins, Johan Koskinen, Emmanuel Lazega, Stanley Wasserman, Alessandro Lomi, Rafael Wittek, Mark Elliot, and Mark Tranmer. If you would like to attend, please complete the booking form at before 1st March 2012. ———————————————————————

CCSR Short Courses in Analysis and Statistical Modelling

The Centre for Census and Survey Research ( at the University of Manchester will be running a number of training courses in the spring.A small number of places are still available. See

Understanding Statistics – 6th March This course is an opportunity for participants to ask the basic statistical questions they have always wanted to ask. It focuses on basic statistical concepts such as: the four levels of measurement, measures of central tendency (median, mean, and mode), measures of dispersion (percentiles, variance, standard deviation, and standard error), confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, design effects and the issue of causality. These skills allow participants to interpret and evaluate existing research findings within the remit of basic statistics. The course is composed of a combination of lectures and practicals. The course will provide participants with the expertise required to evaluate the meaning, robustness and generalisability of basic statistical research findings. Introduction to

Sampling – 7th March This course introduces participants to what survey sampling is, why it is important, and how it is implemented. The course focuses on the practical aspects as well as some of the mathematics. It is composed of a combination of lectures and practicals. Content includes: types of samples, how to construct a ‘sampling frame’, types of probability samples (e.g., simple random, systematic, stratified, multi-stage clustered, unequal probabilities of selection), what ‘sampling error’ is, the role of sampling error in confidence intervals, how to determine sample size and an introduction to the effects of different types of sample designs on confidence intervals.

Data Linkage 1: A Background to Techniques – 21st March This one-day course will introduce basic concepts of data linkage, provide background information on data linkage applications and different data sources as well as aspects of preparing datasets for data linkage. By the end of the day, participants should have an understanding of what is involved when merging datasets. The course will provide the basis for those interested in more advanced topics of data linkage and the actual implementation of probabilistic data linkage which will be covered on the following two days.

Data Linking 2 Advanced Techniques: Theory to Practice – 22nd – 23rd March This two-day course will be a continuation of the background course taught on day one for those interested in implementing data linkage techniques and will include methodological and statistical aspects of this new emerging area. The course will cover probabilistic approaches to data linkage including pre-matching processes, string comparators, determining field weights, types of errors and decision theory, the evaluation of the quality of linkage procedures and the analysis of linked datasets. By the end of the course, participants should be able to implement and evaluate data linkage procedures. The course will have a strong practical emphasis to enable course participants to put the taught methods into practice and will include a tutorial and computer workshop. There are a number of other courses available as part of the CCSR Short Course programme. For more information and to book please go

New courses are likely to be added throughout the year. ———————————————————————

Training courses in computational research IT Services is running a series of courses aimed at staff and postgraduates undertaking or interested in computational research. The courses are staged to lead you from understanding basic principles such as accessing high performance computing facilities to programming using parallel languages/extensions. Understanding the masses of data we collect is also covered via a selection of visualization courses.

Introductory Courses These require no prior knowledge other than how to use a modern PC.

• Programming Techniques for Research Computing Thu 23 Feb

• Introduction to Scientific Visualization Thu 1 Mar Intermediate Courses These generally require some knowledge of FORTRAN or C, and UNIX or Linux.

• Parallel Computing using the Message Passing Interface MPI Wed 29 Feb

• High Throughput Computing using Condor Thu 8 Mar

• Shared Memory & Multicore Programming with OpenMP Tue 13 Mar

• Image-based Modelling Using Finite Elements Weds 14 & Thurs 15 Mar (2 days)

• Introduction to OpenCL Tue 27 Mar

• Introduction to Avizo Tue 3 Apr

For more information on course contents and how to apply, please visit the course web site: ———————————————————————

Other news

Research intelligence project assistant required cities@manchester are recruiting for 2 casual positions supporting a project on research funding support and development.

Full details are available at

Applicants must be 3rd or 4th year PhD students at the University of Manchester (or part time equivalent). Deadline for application is Monday 5 March 2012. Informal enquiries to


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