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Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMI)

An event in University Place Manchester


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:

Advances in Data Science Conference 2018

Monday 21-Tuesday 22 May 2018, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

Registration is open for Advances in Data Science 2018, an international two-day conference which will explore recent developments in data science and discuss data science's potential to support societal well being. Jointly organised by The University of Manchester's Data Science Institute and the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research, Advances in Data Science 2018 is set to build upon the success of the 2017 conference which took place last May.

With our expert speakers confirmed, the exciting line up includes leading data scientists from industry and academia from across the world.

Next courses and events

CoDE Seminar: #YourAverageMuslim: Ruptural Geopolitics of Muslim Women and Labour Activity in the British Cultural Industries

12:00 - 13:00 18 October 2018

Muslima lifestyle media and fashion are reshaping global media, leisure and recreation, and creating new spaces of identification and belonging in predominantly Western-liberal societies. Typically educated and upwardly mobile, Muslim women cultural producers in British media and fashion are finding strategies for challenging stereotypes and r..

SHORT COURSES: Practical Skills for Data Analysts

18 October 2018

This course will show participants how to use statistical analysis software, in this instance SPSS. In the course, participants will be introduced to the SPSS environment as well as useful key concepts (such as cases, variables, values, and levels of measurement) to perform basic descriptive data analysis. A key component of the course involve..

Webinar: Key data: Longitudinal data

15:00 - 16:00 18 October 2018

This introductory webinar is intended for anyone who wants to learn about the wide range of longitudinal datasets available via the UK Data Service. The Service provides access to various types of longitudinal data. One of these are the British Birth Cohort Studies (e.g. the National Child Development Study 1958 and The Millennium Cohort Study..

CMI Afternoon Seminar: Dynamic Bayesian Adjustment of Anticipatory (Current-time) Covariates: Disentangling Causation and Misclassification - Prof Gebrenegus Ghilagaber

15:00 - 16:15 23 October 2018

Speaker: Professor Gebrenegus Ghilagaber, Head of the Department of Statistics, Stockholm University, Sweden Abstract: Anticipatory covariates, such as educational level and social class, are variables whose values refer to what is attained at the time of survey. Such variables are common in retrospective surveys and are often used as expl..

Webinar: Key data: Census

15:00 - 16:00 25 October 2018

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. This webinar is intended as an introduction to the Census data available from the UK Data Service, for anyone who is interested in using them in research or teaching...

SHORT COURSES: Introduction to Data Analysis 1

01 November 2018

This course provides an introduction to the theory and methods of quantitative data analysis, focusing on the social survey. It has an emphasis on hands-on learning, with a series of practical sessions using the statistical software package SPSS to explore data from the British Social Attitudes survey. The course will: introduce particip..

SHORT COURSES: Introduction to Data Analysis 2

02 November 2018

This course provides an introduction to the theory and methods of quantitative data analysis. The focus is on methods for analysing relationships between variables, including Chi-square tests, correlation and linear regression. The course will examine relationships between variables covering: The concept of statistical significance..

Annual Teddy Chester Lecture: Evidence and policy in a world of fake news

17:30 - 19:30 07 November 2018

This annual lecture marks the contribution of Teddy Chester, who was the first professor of social administration at The University of Manchester. From his appointment in the early 1950s to his retirement in the 1970s, he was an influential pioneer in management development, using evidence and research with policy makers, and working with clin..

Creative Approaches to Qualitative Researching

08 - 09 November 2018

This intermediate level course offers a hands-on introduction to creative approaches to doing qualitative research. The various stages of research will be covered, from research design and data collection through to analysis and dissemination. We begin by introducing what we mean by doing qualitative research creatively, both as a broad approa..

Webinar: Key data: Qualitative and mixed methods data

15:00 - 16:00 08 November 2018

This introductory webinar is intended for anyone who wants to learn about the qualitative or mixed-methods data available from the UK Data Service. The UK Data Service provides access to a range of qualitative and mixed-methods data including Peter Townsend’s Last Refuge and Neighbourhood Boundaries, Social Disorganisation and Social Exclusi..