The Research and Graduate School in the Social Sciences provides research training (free of charge) for research staff and students in its member Schools/departments.
A principal objective of all the Graduate Schools is the development of skills training opportunities for early stage researchers which are complementary to the generic programmes offered by the Graduate Centre and Human Resources, and the subject-specific activities that form part of the research and training environment of individual Academic Schools.
For Postgraduate Researchers:
The following workshops are organised for postgraduate researchers by the Research and Graduate School in the Social Sciences. (Those marked with an asterisk are also open to early career research staff).
- Academic Writing in the Social Sciences (Introduction and Advanced)
- Advanced Research Computing: Impact on the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences*
- Beating Thesis Blues
- Careers (Academic Careers in the Social and Economic Sciences*; Research-Related Careers*; Your First Academic Research Job)
- Fair Practice and Good Writing in Academic Research
- Finding Information for Research
- Grant Funding*
- Keeping your Research Up to Date (Social Sciences)
- Managing Your Supervisor
- Mixed Methods and Quantitative Analysis: The Role of Numbers in Social Science Research*
- Publishing (Meet the Editors!*; Publishing a Journal Article in the Social & Economic Sciences*; Refereeing for Academic Journals*)
- Qualitative Analysis in the Social Sciences (An Introduction to Qualitative GIS*; Deliberative Methods*; Psychosocial Research Methods*; Using Participatory Methodologies with Children and Young People*)
- Qualitative Software (Introductory Seminar; Introduction to NVivo; Introduction to Atlas.ti)
- Quantitative Analysis in the Social Sciences (Exploratory Data Analysis*; Limited Dependent Variable Models*; Structural Equation Modelling*; Time Series Analysis and Forecasting*; Treatment Models*)
- Research Governance in the Social Sciences (Staying Safe When Doing Field Research: The Need for Preparation and Planning*; Research Ethics in Social Science Research*; Managing Research Data in Social Science Research)
- Researching/Writing a Literature Review in the Social Sciences (Introduction and Advanced)
- Spotlight on Social Sciences: Interdisciplinary Conference for Researchers*
- Teaching Skills (Social and Economic Sciences)
- Viva (Examination & the Viva; Mock PhD Viva)
Information about these and other training opportunities for postgraduate researchers can be found on the Research Students Skills Development Programme Website.
Students may also be interested in workshops offered by QUALITI (Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences). This centre is part of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) and is based at Cardiff University in the Cardiff School of Social Sciences. It offers an ongoing programme of training in qualitative research methods. The NCRM also offers training in research methods and information about this is available from their website.
The Word documents under 'Related Resources' on the right hand side of this page provide an outline of the role of the RGS in training provision for postgraduate students and an indication of how its training programme maps onto the ESRC training guidelines
For Early Career Research Staff:
In addition to the workshops above (marked with an asterisk) which are also open to research staff, the following workshops are organised specifically for early career research staff by the Research and Graduate School in the Social Sciences.
- How to Apply for an ESRC Grant
- Qualitative Software Training for Research Staff (Introduction to CAQDAS; Introduction to Atlas.ti 6; Introduction to Nvivo 8; Using Multimedia and Google Earth in Atlas.ti and NVivo)
- Staff Undertaking Higher Degrees
- Supervising Research Students
Information about other training opportunities for Early Career Research Staff can be found on the Human Resources Research Staff Website.
Early Career Researchers may also be interested in workshops offered by QUALITI (Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences). This centre is part of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) and is based at Cardiff University in the Cardiff School of Social Sciences. It offers an ongoing programme of training in qualitative research methods. The NCRM also offers training in research methods and information about this is available from their website.