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The Methods Mix

May 7, 2013

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The Parkinson Court & Rupert Becket Lecture Theatre, University of Leeds was the venue for the Second DTC Annual Conference 7th May 2013. Over 200 students from the three White Rose Universities attended the conference and participated in the PhD Poster Exhibition and Student Panel.

Rupert Becket Lecture TheatreThis year’s DTC Spring Conference, held at the University of Leeds, 7 May 2013, was open to all PhD students in the social sciences across the three White Rose Universities. There were 200+ delegates on the day, and arrangements were made to bus in 60+ students from Sheffield and 50+ from York.  The two plenary speakers on the topic ‘Why mixed methods?’, Professor Alan Bryman (University of Leicester) and Professor Stephen Gorard (University of Durham), set the scene for the day, raising issues that were tackled later in the afternoon breakout sessions.  The programme was mostly student led and it was good to hear PhD students talking about using mixed methods in their research.  The student poster competition was hotly contested and won by Nick Addis, School of Geography, University of Leeds.

Professor Ian Kirkpatrick, Director of the Leeds Social Science Institute (Leeds) welcomed delegates to the University of Leeds and to this White Rose DTC Spring Methods Conference.

Plenary Speakers: ‘Why Mixed Methods?’

Professor Alan Bryman, University of Leicester, Quality Issues in Mixed Methods Research (PDF, 1.04MB).

Professor Stephen Gorard, Durham University, Research Design, a independent of methods (PDF, 605KB).

At the ‘Methods Choices’ student panel, three students – Ben Cislaghi (Leeds), Laura Gibson (Sheffield), Catherine Smith (York) – discussed their methodological choices in the form of a ‘Question Time’ style debate, giving a brief presentation followed by questions from the audience.

After lunch, break out sessions on The Challenges of Working with Mixed Methods’ saw some lively debate in smaller discussion groups and a chance to network and share ideas with other students.

At the Advanced Quantitative Methods session, chaired by Professor Tim Croudace (York), two students – Simone Croft (Sheffield) Reciprocal Relationships between Discipline and Childhood Antisocial Behaviour (PDF, 1.4MB),  Andrew Quinn (York) An Introduction to modelling dependencies between time series (PDF, 1.3MB) and a senior lecturer – Dr George Ellison (Leeds) Dealing with confounders just got easier! (PDF, 484KB) – gave examples of their AQM research.

Watch the Conference Video

Student Posters Competition

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33 PhD students presented a poster about their research in the foyer of the Parkinson Court and delegates had an opportunity during the lunch break to browse and talk to fellow researchers. This was a great opportunity to showcase work, and to meet other researchers who may be working on something similar, or perhaps working on something unrelated which gives them a different perspective on their work.

All posters were entered into a competition, and the best poster — as judged by a panel of DTC experts – was awarded a certificate and a prize (£50 Blackwell’s gift card).

The award for the best student poster was presented to Nick Addis, School of Geography, University of Leeds, for his poster entitled ‘Predicting Burglary through Computer Simulation: Developing an Agent-based Model of Residential Burglary‘ by Professor Jeremy Higham, Dean of the Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (Leeds).

Other student posters from the day can be viewed here.

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