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June 2021

Jun 17
17 June 2021 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Designing a Survey

Online via Microsoft Teams
Attendance: 46 / 46

In this workshop we will consider a number of methodological considerations when designing and implementing a social survey including sampling, developing survey questions, handling sensitive topics, retrospective questions and dealing with challenges such as non-response. The session will include a practical opportunity to use Qualtrics although students will need to have access to that software.

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Jun 17
17 June 2021 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Teaching Quantitative Methods for the First Time

Online
Attendance: 43 / 46

Teaching quantitative methods for the first time can be a daunting task, particularly trying to strike the right balance between depth of detail, practical examples, and prior knowledge of the class. This session will offer a practical discussion around the realities of teaching quantitative methods from the undergraduate to post-graduate level. We will talk about best practices for achieving a productive learning environment, what you should expect from yourself, and what you might expect from your students.

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Jun 17
17 June 2021 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Coming through COVID – what has happened to me and my PhD?

Online
Attendance: 28 / 28

This workshop draws on a pilot project from Dr Beth Cross at University of West of Scotland called Homestretch. Homestretch experiments with the possibility of offering an online supportive space. It is partly based on the theory that playful activities can sometimes prompt serious insights and discoveries at depth. These practices draw on mindfulness but equally are resonant with a shift in research practice that engages with critical social materialist and post humanist insights. It also draws on the principle that we learn best from our experiences when given time to process and share.

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The purpose of this workshop is to understand different ways for researchers to orientate themselves toward qualitative data and, in particular, to consider different ways of being 'truthful' to those data. The facilitators will use two extended examples from their own work (an interview study of women's experiences of GP encounters following domestic abuse and a comparative ethnography of men's experiences of the social determinants of health). We focus on two types of practice that are positioned as risks within the literature: telling 'atrocity stories' and going on 'poverty safaris'. We will use our own examples to develop structured exercises for workshop participants and will have time for participants to reflect on their own qualitative data orientation.

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Jun 17
17 June 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Doing New Materialist Research

Online
Attendance: 41 / 46

This workshop aims to introduce and explain what can be described as new materialist approaches to research. It aims to offer first an introduction to new materialist ontology, and second an explanation of how this might be translated into a research methodology in the social sciences.

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Jun 17

This training is dedicated to expanding attendees’ knowledge and skills related to effectively and ethically incorporating mobile phone technologies into qualitative or mixed-method research designs. There is a strong focus on the flexibility, pitfalls and equity implications of smartphone app-based research. Attendees will be offered practical examples highlighting key considerations in study design, multi-modal data collection, data management and analysis, ethics and procedural rigour. Attendees will be encouraged to critically examine the benefits and pitfalls of augmenting traditional qualitative research designs with mobile technologies such as mobile phone interviews, mobile phone surveys, mobile diaries, mobile ethnography and others.

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Jun 17
17 June 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Changing Research Plans: How to Move Forward in Times of Uncertainty

Online via Microsoft Teams
Attendance: 46 / 46

In this event, we will deliver a training programme that will equip research students with the skills to adapt their research to changing circumstances and uncertainty. We envision that the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to impact research planning throughout at least the first half of 2021, hence we consider this event to be timely and relevant to a large number of students.

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Jun 17

This training will be valuable to anyone committed to building excellent working spaces. Whether you are currently working as a graduate teaching assistant, or thinking of attending because of aspirations towards lecturing (or both), we hope to deliver space to think through barriers and challenges, and emerge feeling enabled.

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