Centre for Qualitative Research Series


Fostering research, training and education, and industry collaborations through qualitative research

The Centre for Qualitative Research (CQR) is a proactive, scholarly, and supportive platform for fostering Research, Training and Education, and Industry Collaboration and Consulting in qualitative research across the University of Bath


The Centre for Qualitative Research at the University of Bath presented a series of free online workshops and webinars for doctoral researchers, between February and July 2021.

The workshops are split into two packages: the main training package and the demand led sessions. Bringing together academics and doctoral scholars from across the SWDTP institutions interested in qualitative research, this bespoke training consists of a comprehensive programme of 7 practical and cross-disciplinary qualitative workshops for SWDTP doctoral researchers and others who are interested in extending their knowledge and use of qualitative inquiry. A further 5 demand-led qualitative innovations webinars focused on emerging, novel topics within qualitative inquiry.

Demand-Led Qualitative Innovations Sessions

These sessions will provide a deeper and more theoretical exploration of qualitative methods. These sessions have now finished but you can find the event information on the CQR website or more specific notes below:

Find out more from a blog post written by the presenter, Janet Salmons, below:

Main Training Package

These sessions have now finished but you can find the event information on the CQR website.

See below for a short introduction to each of the seminars.

  1. Where does qualitative research come from?
  • Run by Bryan Clift, 9 February 2021
  • This workshop looks at the philosophical ideas that underpin qualitative research practices.

2. Planning and designing qualitative research?

  • Run by Sarah Morgan-Trimmer, 23 February 2021
  • This session introduces the fundamentals of designing a good qualitative study – establishing philosophical underpinnings, using theory, identifying appropriate methodology and methods, and others.

3. Preparing for speaking-based data collection

  • Run by Fiona Spotswood, 16 March 2021
  • Here, we consider the practical steps required to set the scene for rigorous quality data collection. This includes preparing and piloting a research instrument and considering and piloting projective and enabling techniques.

4. Conducting, improving, and refining interviews and focus groups

  • Run by Sheree Bekker, 20 April 2021
  • This session explores the practical ‘how’ of qualitative data collection, focusing on interviews and focus groups as well as following on from session 3.

5. Analysing interview and focus group data

  • Run by Olivia Brown, 25 May 2021
  • In this session, participants worked individually and in groups to analyse interview transcripts using Braun and Clarke’s (2006) six-phase approach to Thematic Analysis.

6. Evaluating qualitative research

  • Run by Svetlana Cicmil, 3 June 2021
  • This workshop explores how the quality of qualitative research is judged, particularly discussing the criteria beyond traditional generalisability, reliability, replicability, and validity.

7. Series conclusion: drawing together the process from planning to product

  • Run by Julia Gore, 30 June 2021
  • This session reflects upon the workshop series as whole and offer opportunities for personal reflection on methods and methodology.