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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..

CMI Afternoon Seminar: Pseudo OLS for linkage-data regression by Prof Li-Chun Zhang

15:00 - 16:15 02 October 2018

Speaker: Prof Li-Chun Zhang Abstract: Unless a unique identifier exists for this purpose, linkage of separate datasets will generate errors that can cause bias of the subsequent analysis, if the linked data are treated as if they were truly observed. In this work we take on the perspective of secondary analysts, who we assume to neither have..

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..

Webinar: Key data: UK and cross-national surveys

15:00 - 16:00 11 October 2018

This introductory webinar is intended for anyone who wants to learn about the key survey datasets available from the UK Data Service which provide snapshots of the UK or that allow comparisons to be made across countries. The UK Data Service provides access to a wide range of survey series such as the British Social Attitudes Survey, the Labou..

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..

Cross-study research: Opportunities, challenges and examples

10:00 - 16:00 16 October 2018

CLOSER is hosting a free one-day workshop focussing on the opportunities, and the challenges, that come with cross-study research. The event will look particularly at these issues in relation to data harmonisation and will be led by Prof Rebecca Hardy. The day will be split into three sessions. The first will explore CLOSER’s own data harmo..

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..

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...