Category Archives: Methods


Introduction to Statistical Methods

An introduction to the role that statistical inference and hypothesis testing play in quantitative analysis in research, and an overview of some simple but commonly used statistical tests.

Date: 1st March 2017

Time: 1:15-4:15

Location: EE G027

CVs for Researchers

This practical workshop session will start by looking at the ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ of CV writing before looking at the particular requirements for non-academic (reverse chronological) CVs and academic CVs. Bring your CV along.

Date: 7th March 2017

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: JL G008

Engaging the Public with Your Research

Public engagement has in recent years become central to the research agenda. The ability to share your research effectively with non-experts has become an increasingly important skill for a researcher to develop.  This session will explore fully the meaning of public engagement and its significance to your research.

Date: 7th March 2017

Time: 5:15-6:45

Location: EE G024

Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights

This session will provide a basis overview of the nature of Intellectual Property Rights when engaging in externally funded research projects or unfunded collaborative projects. This session will be useful for all colleagues who are currently engaged in research projects or who are interested in doing so in the future.

Date: 8th March 2017

Time: 12:15-1:15

Location: JL G012

Hosting an International Visiting Researcher at UW (Staff only)

This session will provide information to colleagues who are interested in hosting an International Visiting Researcher at the University of Worcester. It will explain what support and processes are in place at the University, and also explore the benefits of hosting an International Visiting Researcher.

Date: 9th March 2017

Time: 12:15-1:15

Location: JL G010

Leading in Research (Vitae material) for PGRs

This workshop is an introduction to Leadership which you may wish to explore further once you have completed it. Whether or not you are presently in an ‘official’ leadership role, developing your leadership skills will make a significant contribution to your success in getting things done, forging collaborations and advancing your career.  It is likely that you will already have demonstrated leadership skills in your day to day work as a research student, or through current/ past employment, on a sports field or through voluntary work.  This workshop will help you to identify and put into practice leadership skills and behaviours in your daily life.

Date: 14th March 2017

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: JL G010

Making Sense of Stats in Applied Health Research

This is a session about statistics from a non-statistician, so there will be very little maths! The session leads on from the real statistics teaching delivered by statisticians, and focuses on using and interpreting statistics in applied research rather than on how to ‘do’ statistics (the examples will be from mental health research as that is my area of expertise).  I will use worked examples from my own research, including making sense of SPSS outputs and how to translate these into a Results section for a thesis/paper.

Date: 15th March 2017

Time: 1:15-3:30

Location: EE G021

Engaging Parliament with Your Research

The aims of this session are to give participants the knowledge they need to engage effectively with Parliament and its various processes. At the end of this session participants will gain an understanding of the key ways to engage with Parliament as part of their research and identify when and how to effectively enhance this engagement.

Date: 21st March 2017

Time: 1:15-3:15

Location: BY 1145

External Research Relationships and Collaboration

This workshop will explore the topic of external research partnerships and collaboration. What are the potential benefit and the risks? What factors need to be considered when embarking on an external collaboration/partnership in terms of leadership and collective responsibilities. The workshop will identify key elements to discuss and agree when drawing up a partnership agreement to support a successful collaboration.

The format will include some brief group exercises and small group discussion to allow participants with experience of external collaboration to share and discuss personal experiences of successful and unsuccessful partnerships and to consider factors that are critical to partnership success or failure. A PowerPoint slide presentation will cover key points of the workshop.

The workshop would be appropriate for students coming towards the end of their research degree or staff seeking advice on how to network and form collaborations but also would be appropriate for staff who are currently working on funded or unfunded projects with external collaborators.

Date: 23rd March 2017

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: EE G020

Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Critical Appraisal

This one-day workshop will provide an introduction to systematic reviews and critical appraisal methods, with a particular focus on the synthesis of quantitative health research. This workshop is suitable for students who wish to conduct a systematic review as part of their PhD, and academic or research staff who would like to conduct a systematic review as part of a research project, or in preparation for a funding bid.

We will use a mix of group work and practical sessions to introduce the following topics:

  • What is a systematic review?
  • Developing a protocol for your systematic review
  • Literature searching
  • Data extraction
  • Critical appraisal
  • Writing the synthesis
  • Reporting your systematic review
  • Disseminating your systematic review

Please note that this workshop will not cover meta-analysis.

Materials will be provided for workshop attendees. A laptop or tablet will be required for this session.

Date: 30th March 2017

Time: 9:00-5:00

Location: EE 2021

All information correct at time of posting. For the most up to date information and to book your place, please visit the student portal: or the staff development workshop booking portal, located under ‘Your Online Services’.


Researcher Development – Methodology Matters

For many people in academic life, research is a challenge, whether they are new or experienced in their research fields. Part of the challenge is due to the range of approaches and methods available, and it is not always a straight forward decision when deciding which one to choose. With the rapid development of qualitative research in particular, there has been a startling increase in the number of choices about carrying out a study. This workshop explores different methodologies, suggesting that beginning with a clear methodology is likely to provide more rigour than the ‘just doing a few interviews’ or the ‘just setting off and hoping’ approach. It is a workshop designed to support researchers who are seeking to do sound qualitative research:  research that is philosophically informed located in appropriate approach, well designed, competently analysed and interpreted and that produces trustworthy findings.

Date: 29th November 2016

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: EE 1102

Book online via the student portal: or via the staff development workshop booking portal, located under ‘Your Online Services’.

Researcher Development – Introduction to NVivo

This half-day workshop provides an introduction to using NVivo as a research tool. The workshop will explore how NVivo can be used to assist with various research activities including how to import and create sources in NVivo; creating links, memos and annotations within a project; visualising data via charts and graphs, and creating reports. All of the topics covered will involve practical, hands on activities for participants to explore a data set themselves and begin to familiarise themselves with NVivo.

Date: 23rd November 2016

Time: 1:15-4:15

Location: CH 1007

Book online via the student portal: or via the staff development workshop booking portal, located under ‘Your Online Services’.

Researcher Development – Textual Analysis

This session covers the major traditions of textual analysis as a qualitative research method and will focus primarily on content analysis, semiotic analysis, and narrative analysis. These are all methodologies designed to uncover and analyse the messages being carried in texts. In the session we’ll explore each method’s underlying aims and purpose, its main tools and techniques, and its strengths and weaknesses. Together, we will consider how each of these methods might be applied by practising them in relation to one or two examples of the same text. There will be time for further discussion and/or questions at the end. By the close of the session you will have a working understanding of each of these key traditions of textual analysis and of which method or methods might be most appropriate in your own research.

Date: 15th November 2016

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: EE G169

Book online via the student portal: or via the staff development workshop booking portal, located under ‘Your Online Services’.

Researcher Development – Introduction to Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA)

Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis is being used increasingly as both a qualitative methodology and method across health, care, psychology and the social sciences. This session, led by Dr Clare Bennett, will aim to provide a general introduction to both staff and level 7/8 students who are interested in finding out more about its origins, applications and purposes. The session will be interactive and will give participants the opportunity to see how IPA is used in practice.

Date: 1st November 2016

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: EE G169

Book online via the student portal: or via the staff development workshop booking portal, located under ‘Your Online Services’.