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How diverse is the social research profession? Participate in the SRA/Young Foundation survey

Social research plays an important role in understanding real-world issues and giving voice to diverse communities across the UK. But how diverse is the social research

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NCRM training bursaries - scheme opens in February

NCRM is restarting its training bursaries scheme. Bursaries are for NCRM courses fees only and the scheme is open to all disciplines and industries. Applicants must be in

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New NCRM quick start guide: Planning to teach social research methods online - guiding principles

Debbie Collins (Director of NatCEn Learning and NCRM doctoral researcher) has published a new NCRM quick start guide.  The guide considers aspects of planning to teach

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New NCRM Independent Advisory Board

We are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Independent Advisory Board (IAB). The IAB will guide NCRM through its new phase which we entered

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Call for research chapters: Handbook of Teaching and Learning Social Research Methods

Melanie Nind, NCRM co-director and Professor of Education at the University of Southampton is inviting contributions to a forthcoming Handbook of Teaching and Learning Social Research

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In Conversation with Stitching Together and Sophie Woodward; Material methods 2

The second episode of an NCRM "In Conversation" series focuses upon the emerging field of material methods where Sophie Woodward talks to Amy Twigger Holroyd

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Workshop: Secondary data and Covid-19 data

Final workshop of our Changing research practice in the context of Covid-19 project will be on 10 December and focus on 'Secondary data and Covid-19 data'. Contact

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A fully funded PhD studentship - New Forms of Data Collection

A fully funded PhD studentship is available through SCDTP.  Please come to the University of Southampton to do PhD with Dr Olga Maslovskaya and Professor Peter

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IJSRM call for contributions: adapting conventional research methods for the new normal

With a second wave of the global COVID-19 pandemic now sweeping across the West, it is becoming clear that returning to ‘normal‘ maybe a long way

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GenPopWeb2 first public event - Within-household selection methods for probability web surveys

GenPopWeb2 network project  is a network of UK-based academic and non-academic partners including government departments, survey organisations, academics and major ESRC investments to share knowledge

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Our Changing Research Practice: Undertaking social science research in the context of Covid-19 project has published some new resources

The Changing Research Practice project has produced new resources on Alternatives for interviewing, Researching with participant groups with additional challenges and Participatory

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Material methods: creative methods. In conversation between Sophie Woodward and Natasa Lackovic

We have just published a new episode of the NCRM In Conversation series. This is the first episode that focuses upon the emerging field of

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Library of methods for remote collection of data from children and families

Dr Bonamy Oliver at UCL is setting up an open source library that provides a place for researchers/practitioners to share freely available and validated methods for

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The catalogue of mental health measures

Mental health awareness has been steadily increasing in recent years. Estimates of the extent and adverse impacts of mental health problems underline the urgent need for

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Changing Research Practice: Undertaking social science research in the context of Covid-19

NCRM has been awarded additional ESRC funding for a new research and engagement project. The project, entitled Changing Research Practice: Undertaking social science research in

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NCRM is part of a new EU 'YouthLife' twinning project to bridge qualitative and quantitative approaches to life course research

The National Centre for Research Methods is pleased to be part of a new three-year European Union Twinning initiative that will support the development