The Cathie Marsh Institute organises various events throughout the year. From seminars and conferences to workshops and short courses, our events reflect our research themes.

Short courses

We run introductory, intermediate to advanced courses on all aspects of the research process, including research design, data collection and data analysis. 

Courses from our centres

As well as those events listed here, we also run seminars, courses and workshops at:

Next courses and events

Introduction to the UK Data Service

10:00 - 11:30 05 October 2021

The UK Data Service holds the UK’s largest collection of research data. This introductory webinar is for anyone with an interest in social research who wants to hear about the vast array of resources we offer. Participants will learn about the different types of quantitative and qualitative data we hold, how to find those data collections us..

Finding and accessing data from the UK Data Service

10:00 - 11:30 07 October 2021

This introductory webinar is intended for anyone who wants to hear about finding data from the UK Data Service and contains interactive elements throughout. Participants will be given a practical overview of the tools that the service provides, particularly our data catalogue to help you to make the most of your data searches. We will discuss..

Online workshop: Exploring educational inequality using census microdata

13:00 - 16:00 07 October 2021

This free course is aimed at those interested in learning how to use census microdata to explore aspects of social inequality. The end-user version of the 2011 census microdata contains a 5% sample of individual returns with nearly 3 million records. The course will explore the factors associated with having a degree level qualification in Eng..

Data for dissertations

10:00 - 11:30 11 October 2021

Join this online session to learn about data available for dissertations with case studies, tips and details of the UK Data Service Dissertation Award. Through the UK Data Service, you can access the UK’s largest collection of social and economic data including data large nationally representative social surveys, the UK Census, internationa..

UK Data Service Dissertation week

11 - 15 October 2021

Join the UK Data Service for our dissertation week. Designed for undergraduates students and their supervisors, the week will: - highlight data available for dissertations, - give ideas for projects, - and share tips and tools for managing your data and work. There'll be webinars, online workshops, a data drop-in session as well as links to..

Dissertation projects: Introduction to secondary analysis for qualitative and quantitative data

10:00 - 11:30 12 October 2021

Are you thinking of using existing data in your dissertation? Join this workshop for a practical run through of the research process of a secondary analysis project. We'll be discussing methodological, ethical, and procedural issues.

Why and how to document your steps?

10:30 - 12:00 13 October 2021

When analysing data it can be easy to forget what you've done and why you did it. For example, you may remember that you removed the outliers, but do you remember how many were removed, what effect removing them had, or why you chose the cut-off point that you used? This can be a real problem for several reasons. What if you want to go back a..

Data in the spotlight: Large scale social surveys

10:00 - 11:30 14 October 2021

Did you know that data from major social surveys such as the British Social Attitudes survey, the Labour Force Survey and the Health Survey for England can be accessed for research and teaching? These UK surveys provide a rich source of data from representative samples on important social and economic topics including work, family life, healt..

How to anonymise qualitative and quantitative data

11:00 - 12:30 18 October 2021

The past two years has seen a huge change in expectations for researchers in how they manage and share participants’ information. There are new legal obligations, such as the GDPR, as well as a greater emphasis in sharing data after the completion of a research project. The process of anonymisation is an essential part to protect the identit..

Data management basics: Introduction to data management and sharing

11:00 - 12:30 21 October 2021

Data management is essential to make sure that well-organised, well-documented, high quality and shareable research data result from our research projects. The introductory workshops on Data Management Basics are intended for researchers and anyone who wants to learn about research data management. This workshop is part of a series of two work..