Research Methods: The Focus Group in Academic Research

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Having provided a definition and traced the origins and use of focus groups in academic research, this session will examine the types of focus group used and their relative strengths and weaknesses. Drawing on examples of research projects, it will also consider when to use focus groups and the factors determining the number to conduct. A comparison with other forms of qualitative research, including interviews and observation, will also be made. This section of the workshop will finish with participants considering what type of focus group would be most applicable to their research, and the research design that would accompany this.

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Open Access & Research Information

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The library currently delivers a number of academic development workshops specifically for postgraduate research students.

Book now onto the library’s upcoming Open Access & Research Information workshop. Learn more about the current publishing landscape, and how it may affect your work with regards to Open Access and copyright.

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2017 Images of Research – Last Chance to Enter

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Images of Research Competition 2017

The 2017 Images of Research competition closes this Friday 10th March, dont miss your chance to enter! All the information you require regarding the competition is below. 

What is the Images of Research Competition?

The Images of Research Competition showcases the research taking place at the University of Lincoln. Participants are asked to submit a unique image, along with an abstract of 150 words describing how the image reflects their research.

Who can participate?

Any staff member or student can participate who is undertaking research at the University of Lincoln.

Prizes

The winning entries will be decided by a panel of Staff and Students representative of the University.
•Overall winner receives £100 amazon voucher
•People Choice Winner £100 amazon voucher
• All entries will be part of an exhibition where all images will be developed into posters for display

How to Enter 

Download the checklist and Application form HERE and return the completed application form with your image to graduateschool@lincoln.ac.uk before the closing date Friday 10th March 2017

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Essay Writing for Postgraduates workshop

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The library currently delivers a number of academic development workshops specifically for postgraduate research students. So strengthen your academic writing skills at postgraduate level through the library’s upcoming ‘Essay Writing for Postgraduates’ workshop.

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The use of Observation and Photography in Academic Research

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This workshop explores observation and photography in academic research. Although less widely adopted than a number of other research methods, both of these can offer new perspectives and insights. The workshop will begin by defining these methods in the context of qualitative research. Consideration will also be given to the different approaches that can be taken in applying each method, including in the role given to the subjects of the study. It will then consider a range of academic studies that have used observation or employed photography. Here participants will explore what distinguishes each of these methods from other approaches to the collection of qualitative data, and what their comparative strengths and weakness are. Informed by these insights, this part of the workshop will finish with participants reflecting on what method would be most applicable to their own research.

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Researcher Development – Communication Skills for Researchers

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This workshop is an enlightening course practising and developing communication skills that are valuable in all interactions, but are specifically useful for networking and presenting research. It will provide an introduction to the full breadth of communication skills available to researchers, offer an understanding of what the recipient of your information needs, and will focus on creating clarity and engaging those you speak to.

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