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Society for Research in to Higher Education (SRHE)

Research Approaches and Methods

Date – Wednesday, 05 June 2019, 10:30 – 16:15
Venue – SRHE, 73 Collier St, London N1 9BE
Network – Professional Development Programme
Professor Pam Denicolo, Universities of Reading and Surrey
Dr Dawn Duke, University of Surrey

This workshop aims to clarify the different approaches to research to aid in the selection of methodology, design and techniques appropriate to given research problems. It covers:

•Choice of overarching paradigm or philosophy, and how this might be determined by discipline;

•How this determines research questions or hypotheses;
•The range of possible research designs, building in strength to combat inevitable weaknesses;
•The selection of appropriate and coherent techniques;
•A review of different data types and their implications;
•When and what to consider about analysing your data.

There will be a particular emphasis on interpretative (qualitative) approaches and methods, though other methods producing quantitative data will be reviewed and considered in the light of participants’ interests.

Participants are requested to provide on signing up a short paragraph (about 200 words) describing what they would like to research or have begun looking into. They should expect to contribute within an active workshop designed to help them formulate plans for their own research.

Pam is an Emeritus Professor of Professional and Postgraduate Education at the University of Reading and a Consultant Professor of Researcher Education and Training at the University of Surrey. Having previously published widely in academic journals and produced a range of books and SRHE Guides on teaching, learning and research, Pam now co-edits and writes for a book series with Sage, Success in Research, aimed at supporting early career researchers in their endeavours, and a series with Sense, Critical Issues in the Future of Learning and Teaching aimed at supporting educators across all sectors but especially those in Higher, Further and Professional Education.

Dawn is the Researcher Training and Development Officer. She has a BS in Psychology from Western Michigan University, a MS in Behavioural Neuroscience from Rutgers University and completed her PhD in Neuropathology at Imperial College London. Dawn is responsible for workshop design and delivery within the Postgraduate Skills Development Programme (PGSDP) of the Doctoral College at Surrey University and authors/edits books in the Success in Research Series.

Note: Unless otherwise stated SRHE events are free to members, there is a charge of £75 for non-members.


National Conferences .


Higher EducationInstitutional Research Networking Conference 2019

  • 2019 HEIR Network Annual Conference – University of Wolverhampton
    Measuring Excellence in Higher Education: Approaches and their Impact
    11th-13th September 2019.

Details about the group and the conference can be found on their website

The call for submissions can be found here, there are usually a number of people going to this conference do please let us know at SALTI@ if you are going.

You can register your interest at:


Society for Research into Higher Education Conference 2019

This event is made of two conferences running sequentially, the first is for peoople new to this type of research, and the second for more experienced individuals.

More details about these events can be found on thier web pages, as can the call for submission of papers or workshops etc.


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St Andrews Pedagogical Research Training Events

If you are interested in learning some of the basic techniques associated with pedagogical research, SALTI has organised a series of five workshops beginning in the early part of Semester 2 (AY 2018-19) which when taken together provide an introduction to pedagogical research.  These are best suited to staff members who are either re-focussing their research onto a pedagogical theme, or who are new to the field and who would like some help.

Links to sign up for these tutorials are available on our What’s new? page

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