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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

CoDE Seminar- Brett St Louis

13:00 - 14:00 24 April 2018

Join us for this event, which is part of the CoDE Seminar Series. Brett St Louis is Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Title: Post-millennial local whiteness: Reviving racialism and the expropriation of race Abstract: In the midst of various early 21st century events, including the ‘death of multiculturalism’,..

methods@manchester seminar: Object Interviews and Elicitations: getting people to talk about things.

13:00 - 14:00 24 April 2018

This talk explores the possibilities of object interviews as a method for carrying out research into material culture, as well as a method adopted more widely as part of the repertoire of creative methods in the social sciences. The talk will use examples of how it has been adopted to explore: different ways in which objects interviews have be..

Why Charts Matter

15:00 - 16:30 24 April 2018

Alan Smith OBE, Data Visualisation Editor at the Financial Times Abstract: The worlds of academia and journalism arguably share one historical publishing trait: the primacy of text over other forms of content. This talk will explain how that convention is being challenged at the Financial Times with a new strategy for data visualisation that..

Webinar: Introduction to the UK Data Service

15:00 - 16:00 26 April 2018

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..

CMI Afternoon Seminar: Negotiating Digital Rights - Public Attitudes on Online Privacy and Targeting, at Home and at Work

15:00 - 16:30 01 May 2018

Professor Ariadne Vromen, University of Sydney Ariadne Vromen is Professor of Political Sociology in the Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney There is a burgeoning discussion theorising our rights to privacy in an age when we use social media every day, but are increasingly subject to data collection and..

CoDE Seminar- Matthew Hughey

13:00 - 01 May 2018

Join us for this event, which is part of the CoDE Seminar Series. Matthew Hughey is tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Connecticut. Seminar title: White Bound: Nationalists, Antiracists, and the Shared Meanings of Race Abstract: Discussions of race are inevitably fraught with tension, both in op..

Webinar: Finding and accessing data in the UK Data Service

15:00 - 16:00 03 May 2018

This introductory webinar is intended for anyone who wants to hear about finding data from the UK Data Service. Participants will be given a practical overview of the tools that the service provides, particularly our Discover tool to help you to make the most of your data searches. We will discuss best approaches to searching data and how to u..

Webinar - Data in Europe: Migration

14:00 - 15:00 09 May 2018

International migration is an increasingly important research topic. The CESSDA Training Group therefore offers this introductory webinar for anyone interested in data on migration. A short introduction will cover how to find and access data from CESSDA data archives. Then, our expert speakers, Kitty Lymperopoulou (University of Manchester) a..

Webinar: Introduction to accessing and using European Social Survey data

15:00 - 16:00 09 May 2018

This free webinar is open to anyone with an interest in understanding and using data from the European Social Survey (ESS). Since 2002, the ESS has collected survey data on social attitudes across over 30 European nations using a consistent and high quality survey methodology. It can therefore be used to understand whether and how attitudes ha..

methods@manchester seminar: How to use Olfactory Methods: Smell and Taste in Everyday Life

13:00 - 14:00 14 May 2018

Smells and odours can evoke memories and previous experiences. Contextual factors such as odours can be important in how we perceive other sensations and situations. However, researchers have typically given less attention to smell and taste than they have to sight and hearing, for example (Classen et al., 1994). Developing methods for studyin..