Research methods and statistics workshop
Due to the popularity of this workshop we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.
Places are limited to 40 students.
This workshop will cover both quantitative and qualitative methods and will be of particular value to DE200 students, supporting the key statistics and qualitative methods for this module, but it will also be relevant to any student who wishes to improve their understanding of research methods and confidence in carrying out statistical testing. For those studying at level 3 it will provide a useful reminder and revision of statistics, filling in some of the gaps in your existing understanding, and will be particularly helpful to those who feel they are struggling with statistics.
|Coronavirus statement (updated 22 June 2020)
The current covid-19 pandemic is a highly unusual and a stressful situation. As the OU student psychology society and as a registered charity, OUPS exists to support you as OU psychology students. We are continually assessing our situation in the light of the official advice, and we want to make our position clear to any of you who are anxious about an existing booking or who are thinking of making a booking on one of our forthcoming events.
We currently have a number of events planned and paid for, and while we are hoping that it will be possible to go ahead with our September weekend, this may not be possible based on the public health guidance. The longer-term situation for our January weekend is less clear, but again we are planning for it to go ahead and continually monitoring the situation. So we are open for bookings for both weekends and receiving high numbers of enquiries from people interested in coming who want to know what would happen if we have to cancel.
We have adjusted our terms and conditions for the September 2020 and January 2021 weekends so that if you make a booking, or are already booked on it, we will ensure that you do not lose the cost of that booking:
We are only able to offer refunds of the money paid to us, i.e. we are not able to pay for travel or accommodation that is not included in our event prices. As usual, you will need to ensure that you are covered by travel insurance or by the terms and conditions of any travel providers, hotels etc.
This guarantee applies whether we are able to recoup any costs from our providers or not, and we hope that this update will reassure you that we have your interests at heart.
A psychology degree is widely promoted as producing graduates who are both literate and numerate. However, students studying at traditional universities would typically receive three hours tuition on research methods and statistics every week throughout their first two years of study. The independent nature of OU study makes this level of support impossible and can leave OU psychology students trailing a little. To address this issue, two experienced tutors, Neil Frude and Jim Handley, have put together a workshop which will be offered at an OUPS weekend in Warwick.
Although they are best known to OUPS members for their inspirational and entertaining lectures at OUPS revision weekends on the social and cognitive courses, between them Neil and Jim have more than forty years experience teaching statistics and research methods and have successfully supervised several hundred undergraduate and postgraduate students’ research projects, theses and dissertations. Neil has also published a well-received book on statistical analysis using SPSS. Students who attend the revision weekend frequently comment in their feedback that Neil and Jim both have a gift for making complex concepts understandable.
“Getting a real grasp of research methods and statistics is the single biggest challenge that psychology students face in their course.”, said Jim. "We've all had the “ah-ha!” experience of having something explained to us with simple examples ‘switching on the light’ in a way that struggling for hours with an arid textbook never quite manages. That’s our aim with this course.”
Professor Neil Frude is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. He was the Clinical Research Director of the South Wales Doctoral Training Course in Clinical Psychology for 16 years and was involved in the selection process throughout that time. He also acted as an External Examiner for six other clinical psychology training courses and has taught on many professional psychology training courses including those in counselling psychology, educational psychology, health psychology and forensic psychology. Neil has taught research methods and social psychology at the OUPS revision weekends for many years and is noted for his lively, engaging and inspiring style. He is also the author of “A Guide to SPSS” published by Palgrave Macmillan and – in a somewhat different key - he performed as a stand-up comedian for 16 nights at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2004.
Jim Handley has tutored on Open University cognitive psychology courses since 1997 and is a regular at the OUPS revision weekend. He has a reputation for inspiring, informative and entertaining presentations. As a HCPC registered Occupational Psychologist he uses psychology to solve real world problems, for example: influencing behaviour to help organisations reduce their energy consumption/carbon footprint; and helping individuals and groups improve their psychological well-being and resilience.
Please remember to bring your own laptops to this workshop
Please note that this is a paperless event.
To be more environmentally friendly and to help manage our prices we will email any relevant handouts to all registered attendees, either in advance so that those who need printed versions have plenty of time to organise these, or shortly after the event if the tutor has decided that this is more appropriate for their lecture. These are for attendees' personal use and may not be shared.
We'd like to thank our tutors for working to ensure that their presentations do not contain material to which they do not have copyright and for making them available in this way. And in advance, we'd like to thank all of you who support us in actively contributing toward a paperless environment and saving a few trees along the way !
You can pay for this event in four instalments using the links to the OUPS PayPlan forms below.
Research methods and statistics workshop (Ensuite room): Please log in to access this standing order form.
Research methods and statistics workshop (Non-residential): Please log in to access this standing order form.
You must arrange to make your first payment for this plan by 1st September 2020.
For instructions on how to do this please see OUPS PayPlan frequently asked questions.
A timetable for the event will be available closer to the time.
These are some of the comments that students have made about previous research methods and statistics workshops:
'The tutors knew exactly how to pitch the level of teaching of stats to my level - for once in my life I was totally engrossed, learnt so much and thoroughly enjoyed the experience '
'The whole weekend has boosted my confidence so much! '
'They could not have been better - I had been anxious and they immediately made me feel at ease'
'Really enjoyed it - The SPSS hands on work was superb - thank you'
'The two lecturers were fantastic - who would have thought stats would be so much fun! '
'Knowledgeable, motivating, sense of humour, helpful, approachable, inspiring and passionate about the topic'
'Fun, interactive learning, friendly, concise and clear explanations - interesting and educational'
'I just want to say what a fantastic event it was at Warwick University this weekend. I met colleagues from different parts of UK, and made new friends. Great organisation and very helpful workshop.
Hopefully will see you again soon, probably in September ??Thank you OUPS'
What to expect
The lectures are conducted in management conference seminar rooms within the University campus, and you will be provided with a timetable of talks and lecture notes on arrival.
You can choose how you spend your time. If you book the residential package then you will have a very comfortable ensuite room in management conference facilities complete with bedding, towels, a hairdryer, coffee-making facilities and desk. Wifi is also included. The training centre has a small exercise room within the building and you also have complimentary access to the gym and pool on campus, so if you do want to relax then there is the option to do so.
The cost is inclusive of all meals, including Friday night and Saturday night dinner. There are no extra costs involved (except for drinks at the bar!). As well as your room and all meals this includes refreshments at break times, extensive handouts which are only available to attendees, revision of key course material, advice on revision techniques and taking the exam, welcome drink on Friday night. Non residential places are available for a reduction, all meals are still included.
The welcome drinks and psychology book stall are both excellent places to meet other students. All students and staff wear name badges, so it is easy to find somebody to help if you have any questions. You can enjoy your meals with a group of students in the comfortable dining room. The food is fresh, healthy buffet style catering, and there is something to entice everyone.
Finally, whilst most students leave exhausted from the learning and socialising, they comment that it is such a worthwhile weekend, and we see many of them each year as they progress their studies!
The weekend takes place at Radcliffe Conference and Training Centre, University of Warwick. Both accommodation and lectures are located in the same building unless you have been informed otherwise.
Warwick is an award winning conference venue with excellent facilities. Access to the sports facilities, including the swimming pool, are included in the price. The university's central location with excellent transport links makes it easily accessible from all over the UK and Europe. There is ample free car parking.
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Travel and directions
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