Institute for Social Responsibility

Research Training

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Training Sessions

*Edge Hill Research Staff and Post Graduate Researchers only *

ISR Research Training Series

This series of workshops is open to all researchers including PhD students, but is targeted primarily at EHU early career researchers and first time external research funding seekers.


Thursday 16th September 2021, 12pm – 2pm, Room B004
How to become a Researcher
Dr Ruxandra Trandafoiu, ISR Fellow and Deputy Director of the Migration Working Group North West
Among the many ‘priorities’ that academic life places in front of us, research and writing often end up at the bottom of the list. Yet when it comes to completing that thesis or progressing in our careers, research and writing become essential. If you feel ‘squeezed’ and unproductive, this workshop is for you.  This workshop will offer practical tips for work systems that will allow you to do research, write and publish more.


Thursday 21st October 2021, 12.00pm – 1.30pm, Room LP 1.25
Becoming and Working as a Research Consultant
Agnieszka Martynowicz, Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice
This workshop will explore the world of research consultancies, with a focus on the different ways academics can get involved, by benefitting their academic careers, the profile of the university, and most importantly, make a difference in the real world.  This workshop will enable you to understand the links of research consultancies with academic work and apply for research consultancy posts.


Wednesday 17th November 2021, 12pm – 1.30pm, B101
Becoming a Reflexive Researcher 
Professor Helen Woodruffe-Burton, Director, EHU Business School
This workshop introduces and develops the concept of reflexivity and what it means to become a reflexive researcher through Personal/Self-Reflexivity, Epistemological/Epistemic reflexivity and Methodological reflexivity. This workshop will enable you to explore the application of reflexivity to your research project through the illustration of reflexivity in practice.


Thursday 9th December 2021, 12.30pm – 2pm, B002
Creative Research Methods
Dr Victoria Foster, ISR Associate Director (External Relations)
Creative methods are becoming increasingly popular in health and social research. This workshop introduces a variety of such methods, from crafts to poetry, photography and film making. It also explores the underlying epistemological debates. Plentiful examples will be given and there will be time to discuss your own ideas for creative research projects.  This workshop will enable you to explore the ways in which you might employ creative methods in your research projects.


Wednesday 19th January 2022, 12pm – 2pm, B004
Problematising Research Ethics Through Case Studies
Dr Melanie Lang, ISR Fellow and Assistant Director of the Centre for Child Protection and Safeguarding in Sport (CPSS)
This workshop will introduce you to research ethics and, using case study examples from real projects, unpick complex ethical issues related to, for example, confidentiality, anonymity and informed consent, and working with ‘vulnerable’ groups to help researchers improve their ethical decision making and confidence. It will also cover a brief introduction to using Edge Hill’s Haplo ethics application system.  This workshop will enable you to develop your ethical knowledge and make sound judgements about research ethics by using real-world examples of complex ethical dilemmas.


Wednesday 23rd February 2022, cancelled
Collaborative Working
Professor Mike Hartill, Director of the Centre for Child Protection and Safeguarding in Sport (CPSS)
During this workshop Mike Hartill will discuss some of his collaborative work, reflecting on the value and benefits of working with non-academic partners, as well as the challenges of developing and sustaining meaningful and authentic collaborations. This workshop will enable you to reflect on the challenges and possibilities of developing meaningful and genuine collaborations with non-academic partners.


Wednesday 23rd March 2022, 12pm – 1.30pm, Room B104
Calling out Racism
Professor James Renton and Dr Jenny Barrett, Co-Directors of the International Centre on Racism (ICR). 
The workshop will identify a number of racisms, from Islamophobia to Romaphobia, and will explain the principles of how you can spot racism in practice. This introduction will draw on scholarship in a range of disciplines, including history, sociology, and the arts. The workshop will enable you to identify racisms based upon an accessible introduction to scholarship in this field. Book Now!


Wednesday 13th April 2022, 12pm – 1.30pm, Room B106
How to Win a Grant
Professor Jo Crotty, Director ISR, Dr Rebecca Phythian, Senior Lecturer in Policing
In this session two experienced ‘bid winners’ will take you through a number of funded and unfunded bids to dissect what makes a good grant proposal. The session will also offer ‘hints’ and ‘tips’ for successful grant bidding, and will provide an overview of the application process. This workshop will enable you to understand the critical elements when applying for research funding, as well as offering insight into what makes a good grant application.
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Established in 2019 and officially launched by Jane Brophy MEP, the Institute for Social Responsibility (ISR) is Edge Hill University’s cross-disciplinary research and knowledge exchange initiative. With a remit to critically examine broad conceptualisations of social responsibility across all disciplines, the Institute is committed to exploring the opportunities for cross sector collaboration and co-operation and to draw on the experience of practitioners.

ISR is committed to sustaining a vibrant research culture at Edge Hill and thus provides research support in the form of training, research and knowledge exchange funding and annual research fellowships. ISR is also home to the Evaluation Policy Unit, dedicated to the assessment of public policy and public policy research.

Register

*Edge Hill Research Staff and Post Graduate Researchers only *

Register for the research training workshops here:

EHU Staff: Please register the ISR Wiki

EHU PGRs: Please email us to book your place [email protected]

Contributors

*Edge Hill Research Staff and Post Graduate Researchers only *

This series of workshops is hosted by the following EHU Academics:

Dr Ruxandra Trandafoiu, ISR Fellow
Ruxandra’s recent research projects have centred on the role of media and Eastern European migration.  As a former journalist, she has a lifelong interest in the role of media in representing diversity, media being used strategically by various political groups and media aiding processes of identity formation.

Dr Agnieszka Martynowicz, Senior Lecturer in Criminology & Criminal Justice
Agnieszka has worked as a researcher and policy worker in several statutory and voluntary sector organisations, and as an independent research and evaluations consultant. Her research and teaching interests include prisons and punishment; migration; ‘race’ and the criminal justice system and ‘crimmigration’, i.e., the interface between the criminal justice and migration control systems. Agnieszka has authored and co-authored several publications relating to prisons and prisoners’ rights; migration and migrant rights; and youth justice.

Professor Helen Woodruffe-Burton, Director EHU Business School
Helen has a wealth of experience delivering research training at her previous institutions, Lancaster, Northumbria and Cumbria Universities. Helen is Director of the Business School and  Professor in Marketing;  she has published extensively in the areas of Services Marketing and Consumer Behaviour. More recently, Helen has specialised in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and has published a number of works focusing on issues around individual identity, gender and sexual orientation in the workplace.

Dr Victoria Foster, ISR Associate Director (External Relations)
Victoria has carried out a number of research projects that have employed arts-based and participatory research methods.  She has been the recipient of an ESRC CASE award for her doctoral research and an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship. She has worked on large scale NIHR-funded research as well as a wide range of smaller projects.

Dr Melanie Lang, ISR Fellow and Assistant Director CPSS
Mel has many years’ experience researching sensitive topics and is an expert for the Council of Europe’s ‘Pool of European Experts on Sexual Violence in Sport’ and national lead on projects on child abuse in sport funded by the International Olympic Committee and the European Commission. She sits on the Social Science Research Ethics Committee.

Professor Mike Hartill, Director CPSS
Mike has worked with a wide range of organisations in the UK and has also collaborated with many international partners working on a number of pan-European projects aimed at preventing abuse and sexual exploitation of children in sport.  Mike sits on Sport England’s Advisory Panel; he is an academic expert for the Council of Europe/EU programme Pro Safe Sport; and a founding board member of the Male Survivor Partnership (MSP).

Professor Jo Crotty, Director of ISR
Jo has won over £500,000 in external grant monies from ESRC and British Academy. She is current a reviewer for the British Academy and was previously a member of the ESRC review college. She has published widely on corporate social responsibility and civil society development.

Professor James Renton, Co-Director ICR
James is an historian of race in global history, from the 16th to the 21st centuries, and Co-Director of the International Centre on Racism (ICR). Most recently, he is co-editor with Anya Topolski of a special issue of Political Theology on the thought of Jean Bodin.

Dr Jenny Barrett, Co-Director ICR
Jenny is a film and popular culture scholar, and Co-Director of the International Centre on Racism (ICR).   Jenny researches and publishes on the Hollywood Western, racial representations and the cultural construction of memories. She is currently co-editing a collection with Ian Scott and Douglas Field, D. W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation: Art, Culture and Ethics in Black and White.

Dr Rebecca Phythian, Senior Lecturer in Policing
Becky was recently awarded a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship to explore international law enforcement information exchange (project value £960,000). Her research is supported by national and international partners in industry, law enforcement and academia, and will be conducted over the next four years. Becky is a senior lecturer in policing and has experience researching with policing practitioners. She has completed externally commissioned work, including evaluations, and was previously seconded to Lancashire Constabulary’s Evidence Based Research Hub.

Videos

*Edge Hill Research Staff and Post Graduate Researchers only *

ISR Online Research Training

ISR will be uploading online research training sessions which will focus on grant bidding, academic writing and all things research related. They can be accessed at any time, and completed at your leisure. We welcome feedback, so if you have any comments once you have completed a session, please do get in touch!

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Writing Days

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*Edge Hill Research Staff and Post Graduate Researchers only *

Have you struggled during the last year to find the time and space to write?  Have the distractions of the office meant that you cannot get any quiet time to think and put words down on the page?  Are you keen to get a jump on the next REF and get some outputs under review this year?

If so, then the ISR Writing Days are for you!

If you can set aside the whole day from 08.45 to 16.15 then the ISR online writing days are for you.

This structured approach to writing in a ‘typing pool’ really works – as attested to by member of EHU staff:

“It was such a productive and fulfilling day for me”; “Great experience”;
“Feeling less guilty about a Friday glass of wine*”; “Loved it”;

“Did some gardening at lunch*”; “Great to work with others.”

 Not sure it’s for you?  Email facilitator Prof Jo Crotty for an informal chat.

*online sessions only.  Please note, that the next sessions are taking place on-campus.


*Edge Hill Research Staff and Post Graduate Researchers only *

Next Sessions:

DATE: Friday 20th May 2022
TIMES: 8.45am to 4.15pm
VENUE: on-campus, room tbc
REGISTER: click here to book your place

DATE: Tuesday 14th June 2022
TIMES: 8.45am to 4.15pm
VENUE: on-campus, room tbc
REGISTER: click here to book your place


Please note that in signing up you are committing to

  1. Attend the whole day and observe the schedule set by the facilitator. You must arrive ON TIME.
  2. That you will engage predominantly in WRITING and will be able to record your writing output at the end of the day (word count).
  3. Cancelling with 7 days’ notice – failure to do so will result in a recharge to your department where a cost has been incurred by ISR (e.g. catering at in-person sessions).
  4. No shows will result in your being excluded from future writing days/retreats
This image contains the text "Edge Hill University, ISR - Institute for Social Responsibility". The text is white on a dark green background.

Established in 2019 and officially launched by Jane Brophy MEP, the Institute for Social Responsibility (ISR) is Edge Hill University’s cross-disciplinary research and knowledge exchange initiative. With a remit to critically examine broad conceptualisations of social responsibility across all disciplines, the Institute is committed to exploring the opportunities for cross sector collaboration and co-operation and to draw on the experience of practitioners.

ISR is committed to sustaining a vibrant research culture at Edge Hill and thus provides research support in the form of training, research and knowledge exchange funding and annual research fellowships. ISR is also home to the Evaluation Policy Unit, dedicated to the assessment of public policy and public policy research.