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

Coding Demonstrations: Text Mining in Python

02 - 30 September 2020

Social scientists may find that working with semi-unstructured data, such as natural language text, is an essential but time consuming and difficult part of a research project. However, there are some simple computational techniques that researchers can learn that can improve how they work with text data. These techniques can help researchers..

Webinar: Data and resources for teaching

15:00 - 15:50 28 September 2020

This free webinar introduces participants to the data and resources of the UK Data Service for teaching purposes through a presentation followed by a question and answer session. Data from the collections of the UK Data Service are remarkable resources for teaching and can use both quantitative or qualitative data: - Students learning to int..

Webinar: Social Network Analysis: Techniques and Methods of Analysis

15:00 - 16:00 29 September 2020

Vast swathes of our social interactions and personal behaviours are now conducted online and/or captured digitally. Thus, computational methods for collecting, cleaning and analysing data are an increasingly important component of a social scientist’s toolkit. Social Network Analysis (SNA) offers a rich and insightful methodological approach..

Webinar: Data in the spotlight: UK and cross-national surveys

15:00 - 16:00 08 October 2020

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 and cross-national surveys provide a rich source of data from representative samples on important social and economic topics including work..

Webinar: Data in the spotlight: Longitudinal data

15:00 - 16:00 15 October 2020

Did you know that longitudinal data from major social studies such as the British Birth Cohort Studies, Understanding Society and the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing can be accessed for research? The longitudinal studies are extremely rich data sources for high impact and policy relevant research. The British Birth Cohort Studies (e.g...

Who is the 'Britain' within Tate Britain? A Black Feminist Responds

14:00 - 15:00 15 October 2020

‘Safe(r) spaces’ has reached mainstream attention with arguments for and against its use and are often presented as an infringement on ‘freedom of speech.’ However, ‘safe(r) spaces’ date back to the women’s liberation movements of the 1970s, where feminists were demanding separatists spaces from cis-gendered men. Whilst competing..

Webinar: Data for dissertations

15:00 - 16:00 21 October 2020

Are you doing or supervising a dissertation this year? This free webinar will talk you through options for using secondary data available from the UK Data Service in undergraduate dissertations. Through the UK Data Service, students can access the UK’s largest collection of social and economic data. For example, you can download data from..

Webinar: Data in the spotlight: Census and population studies

15:00 - 16:00 22 October 2020

Did you know that Census data can be accessed for research? Census data from 1971-2011 provides a unique source of robust population data, particularly for small areas and often-overlooked groups, such as those living in establishments. The UK Data Service provides access to Census data in a range of formats including counts about character..

Webinar: Data in the spotlight: Qualitative and mixed methods data

15:00 - 16:00 26 October 2020

Did you know that qualitative and mixed methods data can be accessed for research? The UK Data Service provides access to a range of qualitative and mixed-methods data, including ethnographic data and field notes, images, oral history transcripts, and essay responses. This webinar will help you get started searching for qualitative and mixed..

Webinar: Data in the spotlight: International Time Series Databanks

15:00 - 16:00 05 November 2020

Did you know that international time series data can be accessed for research? The UK Data Service provides access to a range of international time series datasets, which include the open data produced by the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. As well as the data restricted..

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