New course: A Practical Guide to Conducting Qualitative Research Interviews (6th May 2022)

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I wanted to highlight to you a course that I am running via Proficio. I’ve been running this course for a number of years and I’m delighted that in 2022 we will return to the original one-day, face to face format after offering this as a shorter webinar for the last two years.

The course is run through Proficio, but is open to both University of Essex postgraduate student and external participants. If you would like to sign up for the course, you can do so at this link

A Practical Guide to Conducting Qualitative Research Interviews (6th May 2022)

This course aims to provide a practical and supportive guide for those wishing to use research interviews to collect qualitative data. Research methods courses and texts offer a wealth of information to students on types and uses of interviews and the advantages and disadvantages of their use, but there is little guidance for those new to interviewing on how interviews can be conducted in order to reveal high quality and usable data for your research. Simply turning up with a list of questions is often not enough to achieve the depth of insight which you require.

The session will facilitate discussion on the following topics:

  • How to arrange and prepare for interviews
  • Asking the right questions and getting to the truth
  • Robust and ethical practice for interviewing
  • Building trust and dealing with difficult interviewees
  • What to do after the interview and how to handle your data.

There is a focus on practical practice exercises which prepare students who might be interviewing for the first time to enable them to get good quality data. There is a focus on overcoming challenges and hurdles as they come up. This will be combined with additional learnings from more recent experiences of how to adapt interviews to unconventional circumstances.

For more information see: https://shortcoursesgateway.essex.ac.uk/Course?courseref=EBS%3aPGQ&dates=0

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