SRA Training Courses in May 2011


Just to inform you that the following SRA Training Courses are scheduled for May. To book a place or for any queries that you may have please contact: or 020 7388 2416.


Grounded Theory Research Methods 05.05.11: This one day workshop will give social researchers practical insight into the application of Grounded Theory research method. Grounded Theory has been used to great effect in academic research, generating insight into social behaviour and processes that some would argue could not be generated by other methods. This workshop focuses on the application of Grounded Theory approaches outside of academe – looking at how Grounded Theory approached might enhance research insight and outcomes.


Survey Research into Data Privacy 18.05.11: The UK Data Protection Act (1998) changed the rules of the game for those researchers reliant on personal data. Since this act became law, further regulations on Privacy and Electronic Communication were introduced that pose fresh challenges for some research methodologies. Finally, the Freedom of Information Act (2005) creates other issues for those commissioning or conducting research in the public sector to consider. However despite all this new legislation, issues to do with data privacy constantly make the headlines, and as a response the powers of the Information Commissioner are being steadily increased
The SRA and the Market Research Society collaborated on producing a set of guidelines aimed at helping social researchers have a clearer view of the situation.
This half day workshop will provide delegates with the opportunity to learn more about the legislation and the impact on social research.


Research with People with Disabilities 26.05.11: The course recognises that social research with people with disabilities should be designed and carried out in a manner consistent with the social model of disability whilst acknowledging the embodied experience of people with impairments. To this end, participants evaluate the nature and meaning of different types of impairments. They then explore the social roots of disability in the context of social research and consider how research methods can best be adapted to eliminate socially grounded disability from the research process. Research ethics are intrinsic to the course, and ethical issues – from informed consent to action / emancipatory research – are discussed by means of real case studies supplemented with hypothetical exercises. The course maximises active learning for trainees through extensive use of exemplary material, case studies and participatory educational methods.

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