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What is...? talks

A regular series of lunch-time talks which provide short, accessible introductory guides to key research methods. These talks are ideal for research students — or their supervisors — who want to find out what the method does and whether it might be useful in their research. They will also be of interest to any member of staff who is curious to find out about a new method.

The talks will take place in room 1.69/1.70, Humanities Bridgeford Street, every Thursday from 1 - 2pm. There is no need to book, just turn up on the day, but please complete the sign-in sheet. Places will be on a first come, first served basis.

If you would like to offer a talk please email

Please note - I have just used the information from the current methods site, all events in future will be added via Columba (I will come and train Claire and Gill in how to use this system if they don't use it already)

2013/14 talks





24 October

UK Data Service

Dr Sarah King-Hele and Richard Wiseman


7 November

Cognitive Processes and Pupillometry

Dr Sylvain Sirois

Psychological Sciences

14 November

Bayesian Analysis

Dr Johan Koskinen


21 November

Life History and Biographical Approaches to Research?

Dr Paul Simpson


28 November

Focus Groups

Dr Kingsley Purdam


5 December

Fixed Effects vs Multilevel Models

William Cook


30 January

Path Analysis (for people who hate statistics)

Dr Pauline McGovern


13 February

The difference between Latent Class Analysis and Cluster Analysis

Pierre Walthery


20 February

Mind reading with eye tracking... for less than £100!

Dr Sylvain Sirois

Psychological Sciences

6 March

How can agent-based modelling be used in the social sciences?

Dr Laurence Lessard-phillips

School of Social Sciences

2 April

Post-structuralist discourse analysis

Dr Maurice Nagington

Nursing and Midwifery