Doctoral Training Centres integrate ESDS data courses
Article dated: 6 July 2012
This spring ESDS contributed two courses to the ESRC Advanced Training Network course programme via the Essex ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (DTC).
The network incorporates training delivered across the DTCs, the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) and the Researcher Development Initiative (RDI) investments.
ESRC's ambition is to create an integrated, national network of advanced
training and to facilitate access for all social science postgraduate researchers.
Both courses were well received, with evaluation scores rated at around 4.8 out of a possible 5 for both events. The first, 'Looking After and Managing your Research Data', was based on the UK Data Archive's successful training materials launched in September 2011. Twelve participants, from PhD students to researchers inside and outside of the academic sector, listened to presentations and took part in interactive activities on topics like data management planning, consent and anonymisation strategies, data security and storage.
The second workshop was the UK's first DTC postgraduate course on Secondary Analysis of Qualitative Data. Over two days participants learned how to interpret and reflect on data collected by others and to appreciate the meaning and use of documentation and other contextual material. One participant reflected that they had been "really inspired, and challenged, by the work you are all doing - thank you so much for sharing it."