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Monday, 29 September 2008

Autumn HSR Seminar Programme

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Posted by Andy

All the seminars will be held on Tuesday lunchtimes, in the Lecture Rooms 1&2 on the First Floor of ScHARR at Regent Court (Regent Street entrance) at 12.30pm. Coffee will be provided and you are welcome to bring your own sandwiches.
Seminars organised by Lorraine Ellis, ScHARR ( For further information please contact Joanne Turner on 0114 222 0751 or e-mail j.e.turner@sheffield.ac.uk



Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Forthcoming Trent RDSU Short Courses

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Posted by Andy

TRENT RDSU
LEICESTER, NOTTINGHAM & SHEFFIELD
www.trentrdsu.org.uk
Short Course Programme
October – December 2008


A range of courses for those interested in health
or social care research.

These courses are FREE of charge to researchers employed within the NHS, social care and voluntary organisations.

A charge of £35 per half day and £60 per full day may be applied to anyone else (including university staff).

All courses can be booked online via our website by contacting the http://www.trentrdsu.org.uk/.
or by contacting the Short Course Administrators for the appropriate unit. More details are available on the website or on request.
Half day courses are held in the morning, 9.30 – 12.30/13.00, unless otherwise indicated.
Please note that some courses require previous experience/knowledge to attend. Please see the full course outline.

Cancellation Policy
Please note that each Unit reserves the right to cancel courses if there are an insufficient number of participants. In such an event we will try to give notice of at least two weeks.
Charges will apply to anyone that makes a booking and does not attend the course without providing at least 48 hours notice.

Additional Courses
If the courses in this prospectus do not fulfil your training requirements, we may be able to
provide tailor-made training in research design and methodology, subject to available resources.
Please contact your local administrator for more information.
Details of other services offered by the RDSU are available on our website.
http://www.trentrdsu.org.uk/

LEICESTER
Claire Burchnall, Short Course
Administrator, Trent Research and
Development Support Unit
Tel: 0116 252 3276 or
0116 252 5448;
Fax: 0116 252 3272
Email:
cb269@leicester.ac.uk

NOTTINGHAM
Karen Taylor, Short Course
Administrator, Trent Research and
Development Support Unit
Tel: 0115 846 6907;
Fax: 0115 823 0501
Email:
karen.taylor@nottingham.ac.uk

SHEFFIELD
Tricia Qanem, Short Course
Administrator, Trent Research and
Development Support Unit
Tel: 0114 222 0703;
Fax: 0114 2724095
Email:
p.j.qanem@sheffield.ac.uk
Selected courses for early October

Basic Statistics - Data Management and Introduction to SPSS
07/10/08
Understand and handle different types of quantitative data in SPSS
Create a clean dataset in SPSS
Create simple graphics such as histograms in SPSS
Use frequency tables and simple descriptive statistics to check data in SPSS
Leicester

Basic Statistics - Describing and Exploring Data in SPSS
14/10/08
Correctly identify different types of quantitative data, and choose appropriate techniques to describe them
Understand and use basic descriptive statistics, such as mean, median, standard deviation and inter-quartile range
Be able to present data in tables using SPSS
Be aware of the range of graphs available in SPSS, and of the key steps to good practice in data presentation
Leicester

Systematic Review (am)and Meta-analysis (pm)
15/10/08
Understand what a systematic review is
Learn the key elements of a systematic review
How to conduct a systematic review
Distinguish between a Systematic Review & Meta-analysis
Describe & perform the main steps in a simple meta-analysis
Distinguish fixed & random effects models
Identify when a meta-analysis is inappropriate
Describe how publication bias may be detected
Summarise the advantages/disadvantages of a meta-analysis
Nottingham

Demystifying Health Economics
07/10/08
To demonstrate the importance of economics in NHS decision making
To make participants aware of the aims and key methods of cost effectiveness analysis
To introduce the concept of th eQALY
To discuss the use of economic analysis in decision making

Research Ethics and Governance
15/10/08
Have an understanding of Ethical approval - the philosophy behind ethical approval, what is a REC and how does it operate, key principles in making a good application.
Have an understanding of NHS R&D Approval - why is it necessary, what does it cover and how to navigate the approval process successfully.
Leicester
Information for Social Care
01/10/08
Develop a searchable research question using PICO/CLIP frameworks
List the key study designs used for social care research and the terminology used in these studies
Identify the key electronic information sources for social care literature
Search these in an efficient and accurate manner
Evaluate web-based social care resources for accuracy and validity
Search for social care systematic reviews using the Campbell Collaboration's database C2-RIPE
Nottingham

Critically Appraising Research
07/10/08
Understand the principles of critical appraisal
Know about resources to help you
Be able to critically appraise a piece of research
Leicester

Literature Searching for Qualitative Research
07/10/08
Identify the key electronic information sources for qualitative literature
List the key study designs used for qualitative research and the terminology used in these studies
Search for qualitative research using these terms by developing simple ‘filters’
Search for secondary qualitative research using the Campbell Collaboration’s database C2-RIPE
Nottingham

Literature Searching for Systematic Reviews
07/10/08
Understand the key study designs for a systematic review
Explore the full range of databases and know how to select which ones to search
Develop a strategy for searching the literature
Identify key terms to find high quality studies such as randomised controlled trials
Understand the key information about your literature search that should be included in your publications
Nottingham

Introduction to Qualitative Research and Philosophy of Research
14/10/08
Explore the anatomy of research and recognise different parts of the research process
Recognise different approaches to research
Understand when to use a quantitative approach to reseasrch, and what this involves
Understand when to use a qualitative approach to research, and what this involves
Nottingham


Take Your Dog to Work Day


Photos by Andy
Posted by Andy


For the third year in a row ScHARR Library opened its doors to our resident hairy librarian, Thatcher Tattersall, all in the name of charity and the national Take Your Dog to Work Day. For those of you already lost, Thatcher is a labrador-Retriever belonging to ScHARR Library blogger Andy Tattersall. The good deed was in aid of The Blue Cross which is a registered UK animal welfare charity.
Their aims are to:
ensure the welfare of animals by providing practical care
highlight the benefits of companionship between animals and people
promote a sense of respect and responsibility towards animals in the community

As part of the day staff from ScHARR were treated to a selection of wonderful cakes baked by fellow information officers Claire Beecroft and Diana Papaioannou and HEDs Administrator
Clare Watson as well as the odd lick and sniff from Thatcher. I would go a little further into the details of these cakes which consisted of chocolate cake, marble cake, banana cake and marble cake, but it would be unfair to leave you drooling at your keyboard.

There was a guess the dog sweepstake and along with the cake sales we managed to raise a total of £92.50 - which was pretty much on par with last year's figure. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the day either through baking or cash contributions and of course thanks to Thatcher for making it into work once again this year and for not peeing in the library, we have enough with the staff and students doing that.



Sheffield Trent RDSU/RDS Short Courses 2008


Posted by Andy

More courses than you can shake a stick at and with something for everyone, we're pleased to show you the latest courses facilitated by ScHARR Library and the Sheffield Trent RDSU for the remainder of 2008.

Please note all courses are half day courses and will be held in the Eric Wilkes Seminar Room, 1st Floor ScHARR, University of Sheffield, Regent Court, 30 Regent Street Sheffield S1 4DA

All courses can be booked online via our website by contacting the http://www.trentrdsu.org.uk/.
or by contacting the Short Course Administrator Tricia Qanem

Searching for Research in Cyberspace
This course is aimed at research-users and researchers who need to search the internet and web-based databases such as the Cochrane Library for research studies and other information resources to support research.The course covers searching the internet and web-based databases for high-quality information resources and research studies. Google Scholar, the Cochrane Library and the National Library for Health are examined, as are the principles of evaluating web-based information resources.
18 NOV 2008 9:30-12:30



Literature Searching for your Research Project
This course is aimed at research-users and researchers who have little or no experience of literature searching, or who have not searched the literature for some time. The course introduces the main medical and social care databases and demonstrates the importance of formulating a focused search question. The key search techniques, including subject headings, are taught via hand-on exercises.
21 OCT 2008 9:30-12:30



Further Literature Searching for your Research Project
This course is aimed at research-users and researchers who have some experience of literature searching and would like to develop new searching techniques as well as honing their existing skills. The course covers advanced use of subject headings and subheadings and introduces the concept of methodological filters. It offers generous time for 'hands-on' practical work supervised by the trainer, allowing students to 'learn by doing'.
2 DEC 2008 9:30-12:30


Critically Appraising Research
This course is aimed at research-users and researchers who need to search the literature for high quality primary research studies to form the basis of a systematic review or a similar review of the literature. The course looks at searching the key medical, health and social care databases for high quality studies. It covers tips and techniques for identifying relevant studies while avoiding retrieving unmanageable quantities of literature.
11 NOV 2008 9:30-12:30



Literature Searching for Qualitative Research
This course is aimed at research-users and researchers who need to learn the techniques to search for qualitative research in the major health and social care databases such as Medline and CareDATA. The course looks at the key study designs and terminology in the qualitative literature and demonstrates how to search qualitative literature in the major databases by using techniques such as methodological filters.
14 OCT 2008 9:30-12:30

NEW: Research Funding Update


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Post by Anna
Take a look at the New Research Funding Update: Fellowships and Studentships

For more information about the funding searvice available from the ScHARR library please visit our Research Funding page or contact ScHARR library on 0114 2225420 or by email scharrlibrary@sheffield.ac.uk




Monday, 15 September 2008

The Insulting Librarian






Posted by Andy



Here's a little light entertainment for you all out there in Internet Land (just north of Aldershot) Luckily our information professionals are a million miles from this happy chappie, anyway when you've watched this video I WANT YOU TO GET OUT OF MY SIGHT!

CWiPP seminar programme for Autumn 2008


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Posted by Andy

Below is the CWiPP seminar programme for Autumn 2008. We have some great speakers on a diverse range of topics and it should be a great seminar series. For further information contact Donna Rowen d.rowen@sheffield.ac.uk


CWiPP, the Centre for Well-being in Public Policy considers how people´s health and well-being can be defined, measured and improved in ways that help policy-makers determine the best use of scarce resources, and to investigate the determinants of well-being insofar as these are relevant to policy formulation. For further details on CWiPP see https://webmail.shef.ac.uk/horde/util/go.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.shef.ac.uk%2Fcwipp%2F&Horde=6bb968c5a5d80bc882dac26acc793215


Thursday 25th September 1300-1430

Professor Stephen Wood Institute for Work Psychology, University of Sheffield

High Involvement Management, Work Enrichment, Well-being and Productivity: An Analysis using WERS2004

Richard Roberts Building, seminar room RRB-A87


Wednesday 8th October
1230-1400


Professor Danny Dorling Department of Geography, University of Sheffield

Ignorance, Want, Idleness, Disease and Squalor: some suggestions for mapping the modern equivalents of these old evils

Portobello Centre, seminar room PC-SRB57B


Date to be confirmed: either 28th or 29th October

Dr Caroline Oates and Dr Jo Padmore Management School, University of Sheffield

Researching a new typology of green consumers

TBA



Thursday 6th November
1230-1400


Dr Paula Lorgelly
Public Health and Health policy,
University of Glasgow

TBA

Regent Court, lecture rooms 1 & 2


For further information please contact Donna Rowen D.Rowen@sheffield.ac.uk or Aki Tsuchiya A.Tsuchiya@sheffield.ac.uk

HEDS seminar programme for Autumn 2008

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Posted by Andy

Thursday 9th October 12.30-2pm


Benjamin Craig
University of South Florida
and Jan J. V. Busschbach
Erasmus MC and Viersprong Institute for Studies on Personality Disorders

Removing Bias from United Kingdom Values of EQ-5D States

Lecture rooms 1 & 2, Regent Court


Thursday 20th November
12.30-2pm


Graham Mowatt
University of Aberdeen


Indirect and mixed treatment comparisons in NICE Interventional Procedures Reviews

Lecture rooms 1 & 2, Regent Court

Thursday 4th December
12.30-2pm


Richard Edlin
University of Leeds

TBA

Lecture rooms 1 & 2, Regent Court


Thursday 11th December
12.30-2pm

Raymond Pawson University of Leeds

Reducing plague by drowning witches: On the importance of understanding and evaluating the mechanisms that generate behavioural change in public health interventions

Room F41, Hicks Building

For further information please contact Donna Rowen D.Rowen@sheffield.ac.uk or John Brazier J.E.Brazier@sheffield.ac.uk

Monday, 8 September 2008

New: TAKE FIVE


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Post by Anna
The September edition of Take Five is out now.

Take Five is packed full of current awareness, training courses, research funding opportunities and new websites.

Take Five is the Trent RDSU’s monthly update. To join the Take Five distribution list please contact me, Anna Wilkinson on 0114 2220894 or by email a.j.wilkinson@sheffield.ac.uk

Friday, 5 September 2008

NEW: Research Funding Update: Projects and Programmes

Posted by Anna

If you don't have a WALL-E to bring you money have a look at the
New Research Funding Update

For more information about the funding searvice available from the ScHARR library please visit our Research Funding page or contact me, Anna Wilkinson on 0114 2220894 or by email a.j.wilkinson@sheffield.ac.uk.