Research and Study skills resources & training

How to develop a good research topic? – Academics after work #1 (video)


Here it is, the first interview in the “Academics after work” series that I am planning to record at different universities across the UK (and maybe beyond). Dr Joan Cutting, senior lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, talks about developing a good research topic and some general studying tips. This was also added as a… Read More ›

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Cooking up your Discussion chapter


  Some of you have asked me about the difference between the Results and Discussion chapters and this is also something I recently talked about to university students. The way I explain the difference between these two chapters to my students is through an analogy to cooking dinner. The results chapter is the prep stage… Read More ›

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What to include in the Literature Review chapter?


In this video, I reflect on the real purpose of the Literature Review chapter, apart from the most obvious one – reviewing the literature. I also talk about something that many, regardless of whether they are writing a dissertation, a thesis, or an academic article, tend to forget – that in this situation, when you… Read More ›

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Researcher’s place and identity in Qualitative Research


“Arguably, in qualitative educational research, we, as researchers, sometimes underestimate our power and can be guilty of underestimating the power of our participants too and the rich data they provide. This is why I believe that these power relations should be clearly and unequivocally stated and them embraced as part of the research process where… Read More ›

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“How do I know I’m coding well in qualitative analysis?” by Dr Nick Hopwood


I just wanted to share Dr Nick Hopwood’s post on coding in qualitative research: “coding can be incredibly valuable to us as qualitative data analysts. The problem is, it’s really easy to be busy coding but not to be doing so well. In this post I’m trying to spell out what it might mean to… Read More ›