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Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research

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

Understanding small areas: spatial analysis of population and neighbourhood data

27 - 28 September 2018

This two day workshop equips participants with conceptual understanding and technical skills to obtain, analyse and visualise spatial data related to populations and neighbourhoods. Using freely available data related to the UK, a series of guided practicals enable participants to: obtain census and survey data related to geographic areas vis..

SHORT COURSE: Fuzzy Set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA)

01 October 2018

Qualitative Comparative Analysis is a systematic method of studying data on multiple comparable cases from about N=8 through to large datasets of N=10,000 etc. The QCA methods firstly involve casing, i.e. delineating cases; secondly organising a systematic data matrix (we will show these in NVIVO and in Excel); thirdly examining sets of cases..

SHORT COURSES: Data Carpentry for the Social Sciences

04 - 05 October 2018

Data Carpentry workshops are for any researcher who has data they want to analyse, and no prior computational experience is required. This hands-on workshop teaches basic concepts, skills and tools for working more effectively with data. On completion of this course, the participants will be able to: understand problems which can occur i..

SHORT COURSES: Introduction to R

15 October 2018

This one day course aims to provide a basic introduction to R for those with no previous experience with this statistical programming language. We will discuss some of the motivations to use R (instead of other applications) and provide a practical introduction to the basic grammar of R language. Specifically, we will cover how to create and i..

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..

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..

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..

SHORT COURSES: Social Media for Data Analysis

23 November 2018

This course describes how to use free Windows software Mozdeh to gather tweets and to download comments on YouTube videos. The course will also describe simple methods to gain insights into the meaning of the downloaded texts and to identify patterns within the data. You will learn to use the free Mozdeh Windows software to: Gather tweet..

SHORT COURSES: Introduction to STATA

29 November 2018

The course provides an introductory training in Stata, a statistical package increasingly used for social research data analysis which has powerful data manipulation procedures and extensive and powerful statistical capabilities. The aim of the course is to familiarise participants with the basic features of Stata 14. On completing the course..