Teaching and speaking

teaching-speaking-carol-burnsI offer training and workshops for practitioners, and teaching and lecturing for postgraduate students – although in each context I acknowledge and cater for the inevitable overlap between the two groups.

I have created and delivered training, from a six-month course in research management and use for children’s centre managers in Dudley, to one-day courses in evaluation for Home Office staff around the UK.

I have delivered courses for universities including Staffordshire University, the University of Central Lancashire, the University of Northampton, the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University in Calgary, Swansea University, the University of Stirling, and the Centre for Strategic Health Studies in Damascus, Syria, via Liverpool John Moores University. I am also regularly asked to give keynote speeches at conferences.

“Thanks so much for your excellent session on designing and managing social research projects, Helen. The MA students thought you were inspiring and they loved your straightforward and pragmatic approach to ‘doing’ research. One even said ‘Helen brilliantly cut through all the mystical methodological issues. She’s made it feel do-able”. This was particularly important for my group as they are full-time professionals in education settings as well as studying part-time. I’ve since heard that they’ve been putting in orders for your new book! They said it sounds like you’ve written it just for them (and others like them). I said you did!”
Dr Katy Vigurs, Senior Lecturer in Education, Staffordshire University

“This course was very enjoyable and really provided me with helpful strategies to improve my writing skills. One of the other students at my desk said it was like therapy! Thank you for a useful and insightful day.”
Doctoral writing course participant, University of Stirling

“I went to your SRA Creative Research Methods training in June. It was very inspiring! I’ve been wanting to use these kinds of methods for a while and the training gave me confidence to make greater use of participatory and creative approaches. Since attending your course we have won two projects, using some of the ideas and thoughts from the training – one for the Arts Council of Wales and a Big Lottery funded programme, both working with young people. For both projects, we will be using social media, creative and participatory approaches.”
Heulwen Hudson, Senior Consultant, ERS Ltd