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Research methods and statistics workshop

27th - 29th January 2023, Warwick University.
Last date for bookings
Friday, 20 January 2023

Special deal Special deal for OUPS Members !!

We recently changed our contracting arrangements with Warwick and so do not need to hold as much money in reserve as we were obliged to in the past. This has freed up almost £100,000 that we can now give back to our members.

To do this, OUPS will pay £75 towards the cost of each member attending, so the cost of the events to members will be £250. We will also maintain the previous rate for non-members (£345) rather than increasing this to include Warwick's annual increases.

If you are not currently a member but would like to be, just add membership to your basket before checking out and you will get the full discount.

We hope this will help as many students as possible to come along ! 


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.

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.

Additional information

Please see our COVID-Secure FAQ for more information about the running of the weekend including our COVID-Secure arrangements.

Refunds and COVID (updated 20th July 2022)

The current covid-19 pandemic is a highly unusual and stressful situation, but hopefully we are seeing things returning to normal. 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.

If we can get your money back, you can get your money back ...

The primary goal of OUPS is to support as many students as possible, not to make a profit, but as a registered charity we are also obliged to ensure that we manage our funds responsibly. Consequently, our refund policy is to issue refunds for cancellations whenever we are able to recover money from our suppliers. However, if you need to cancel after our cancellation deadline with Warwick has passed, we will have paid for your place and will not be able to reclaim the money to refund you.

Our Terms & Conditions detail our standard cancellation deadlines and fees, and these currently apply because there are no government COVID restrictions at this time. If this changes (e.g. if there was a lockdown that prevented a weekend taking place) then we would expect to be able to recover payments and hence to issue full refunds for all bookings.

Joining instructions



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

Printed material

Please note that this is a paperless event.

To be more environmentally friendly and to help manage our prices we will make electronic copies of any relevant handouts available 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 !

The provisional timetable is as follows:

Lecture Day/Time  Session name and details
Friday: 7:45 - 9:30pm Session 1. Overview and Orientation (Research, knowledge and science)
Saturday: 9:00 - 10:30am Session 2. Intro to Qualitative Research and Thematic Analysis
Saturday: 11:00 - 12:45pm Session 3: Statistics from Scratch
(Basic principles of statistics and probability)
Saturday: 2:00 - 3:30pm  Session 4. SPSS Chi Square and Correlation (Analysis of categorical data and association of two variables)
Saturday: 4:00 - 5:30pm Session 5. Statistics and Study Design
Sunday: 9:00 - 10:30am Session 6. t-tests (Differences between two conditions)
Sunday: 11:00 - 12:30pm Session 7. Grounded Theory (and Coding Activity)
Sunday: 1:30 - 3:00pm Session 8. Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and Regression


These are some of the comments that students have made about recent research methods and statistics workshops:

"a thoroughly useful introduction to stats and qualitative methods"

"… everything now makes a lot more sense … Both tutors have been great "

"… stats doesn't now scare me as much. You both made it fun."

"This weekend has boosted my confidence" 

"The weekend made stats less heavy and much more fun!" 

"Excellent and confidence-building. Highly recommended." 

"I found out I actually like statistics!"

"Now I really understand the normal distribution!"

'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 have been provided with a timetable of talks and lecture notes before you arrive.

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 full 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 assessment, welcome drink on Friday night. Non-residential places are available for a reduction, and the same breakfast, lunch, dinner and all tea/coffee/snack breaks during the day are still included.

The welcome briefing is a great opportunity to meet the tutors and other students over a free glass of wine or soft drink. Our OUPS committee member will also introduce themselves so you'll know who to contact 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 catering, and there is something to entice everyone.

Unfortunately because of the COVID situation we are not able to hold our book stall, which is usually a social centre in itself ! However we hope that you will be able to enjoy the facilities, including the outdoor areas, to meet as many others as you would like to.

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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