Putting the Quality in Qualitative Research – Tuesday 3rd July 2018


Activator sides

Undertaking qualitative research involves many challenges, not least how to ensure that the research is rigorous and leads to high impact publications. This workshop will consider how to conduct qualitative research that has methodological integrity and that is recognised for its trustworthiness and relevance to its field.

During this interactive workshop, we will highlight some of the pitfalls associated with qualitative methodology, how to employ appropriate techniques and the key considerations to take into account when embarking upon qualitative research. Using reputable reporting standards for qualitative research and with reference to published studies* we will consider how papers may be improved.

The workshop will be led by LJMU’s Dr Lisa Newsom, a registered Health Psychologist based in Natural Sciences and Psychology.  She has particular expertise in qualitative methods across a range of health topics, including public health, health improvement, treatment development and the assessment of patient experiences of healthcare and illness.

This ‘ACTivator Side’ will be relevant for anyone conducting qualitative research regardless of discipline and to researchers looking to publish their qualitative research in peer reviewed journal articles.

*To get most benefit bring your published or current qualitative work or a qualitative article of interest to you.

 This session will run on Tuesday 3rd July 2018, 2pm-4pm at Exchange Station G14/15

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Maximise your REF-readiness – Wednesday 13th June 2018

In this session, the Head of Research Excellence and Research Strategy will help you to consider what excellence looks like for each of the main pillars of the Research Excellence Framework.  The workshop will help to de-mystify star ratings by giving you the opportunity to review and compare research papers and impact statements that have been awarded different star ratings.  Consider what it means for research outputs to show ‘originality, significance and rigour’. Evaluate your potential to contribute to a future REF submission. Come prepared to evaluate your research presence and to leave empowered to maximise your readiness for the next REF.

Wednesday 13th June 1:30pm – 4:30pm, G14/G15, Ground floor, Exchange Station

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Funding Applications: getting a yes -Tuesday 22nd May 2018


Securing funding for your research involves a big investment in time and energy. Andwith more people vying for smaller pots of money, it’s more important than ever that your funding application stands out for all the right reasons.

This workshop is an opportunity for you to reflect on your attitude/approach to applying for funding and review the ground work that is necessary before you apply. You will cover the essentials of writing funding applications and be introduced to core techniques to make your writing more impactful and persuasive.  You will explore ideas around what makes for a strong, compelling research story and learn how to elevate your applications from good to great.

There will also be an opportunity to hear from and question a panel made up of colleagues with a strong track record in securing funding. Hear their perspectives and experiences and find out what ‘makes the difference’ between successful and unsuccessful applications.

Tuesday 22nd May 10.30am-1.30pm, Room 233, Redmonds Building

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Surveying Your Funding Landscape – Wednesday 9th May

When you are relying on funding in order to fulfil your research ambitions, you need to know as much as possible about who is ‘out there’ funding work like yours, what they prioritise and how your research could ‘fit’.

This workshop will provide an opportunity for you to talk to other researchers about your experiences of looking for funding and start thinking about the benefits of collaboration.  You will pick up some ideas around how best to keep your ear to the ground and look at some of the resources available to help you identify appropriate sources of funding. You will review examples of funders’ priorities with a view to assessing whether an application is worth a try.

Wednesday 9th May

1:30pm – 4:30pm

Room 233, 2nd floor, Redmonds Building

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UK Data Service – webinar series

UK data serviceThe UK Data Service is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to meet the data needs of researchers, students and teachers from all sectors, including academia, central and local government, charities and foundations, independent research centres, think tanks, and business consultants and the commercial sector.

The UK Data Service collection includes major UK government-sponsored surveys, cross-national surveys, longitudinal studies, UK census data, international aggregate, business data, and qualitative data.

To help you get the most from the UK Data Service they run a series of webinars which introduce different aspects of the service and explain the key datasets:

Introduction to the UK Data Service, 11 October

Finding and accessing data in the UK Data Service, 19 October

Key issues in reusing data, 26 October

Data management basics, 2 November

Guided walk through ReShare, 12 December

They also run introductory webinars on key data, focusing on the most popular datasets:

UK and cross-national surveys, 9 November

Census data, 16 November

Longitudinal surveys, 23 November

Data about countries, 30 November

Qualitative data, 5 December

Business data, 11 December


All of the webinars run from 15.00—16.00 and are free to attend.