Report on Sessions at the University of Leeds

WRDTC Advanced Training Series

Report on Sessions at the University of Leeds

As part of the first series of Advanced Training of the White Rose DTC, three one-day and one half-day sessions took place at the University of Leeds in June 2013.

Prof. Ann Cunliffe’s workshop Understanding the Impact of Research Perspectives: The Importance of Metatheory, Research Methodology and Reflexivity in Crafting Qualitative Research on 5th June proved very popular and attracted a lively group of research students from Leeds, York, Sheffield and Huddersfield, who found the session useful and inspiring, to the point that it was described by some as one of the best sessions they attended during their studies.

The following day, a practical workshop on GIS and Spatial Analysis gave attendees from the DTC the opportunity to work specifically on examples using census data, during a very practical day of hands-on training activities on GIS.

On 18th June, Matt Homer guided students through a morning session on The Use of Quantitative Secondary/Administrative Data in Social Science Research, which through a mix of contextualisation and practical work, explored some basic concepts and their application on SPSS.

Finally, the Master Class on Realist Methods, co-tutored by Prof. Ray Pawson, Dr Joanne Greenhalgh and Dr Ana Manzano on 25th June, attracted a varied audience from different universities and with different level of expertise. The session offered an engaging combination of presentations and group work that left most attendees informed, satisfied and wishing for more time to discuss the topics of the day.

Look out for more training coming soon.