Summer School 2017 – programme and fees
The Summer School is drawing near and we’ve had a few requests around our programme for 2017.
While we are putting the finishing touches on our programme, I would like to share some of the highlights of the coming Summer School with you. The 8th annual Summer School will take places from 9 – 20 January over two weeks. As always, the focus is firmly on offering high quality research interventions and methodology training for PhD candidates, their supervisors and researchers.
Please read on for a sneak peek into the initial programme and fees structure, so you’re ready to book. We’ll be adding a number of courses during the next few days before publishing the full programme and opening the registration.
In addition to some new and innovative courses, rest assured that we’re again presenting the ‘core’ courses that are typically in demand with our participants.
Preparing for the PhD: This introductory course addresses a number of the difficulties new PhD candidates are often faced with. We work through the PhD process, taking you from the proposal and background to your study through to dealing with your examiner feedback and everything in between. Included is a Postgraduate Toolkit that will help to guide you as your move through your research and dissertation writing.
If you’re attending Preparing for the PhD, the following two courses would also help you in designing your study. Interviewing and Qualitative Data Analysis remains one of our most popular courses, presented by ‘resident’ expert, Prof Max Bergman. Prof Bergman, the chair of Social Research and Methodology at Basel University, Switzerland is also widely published in the field and the current chair for the World Sustainability Forum 2017 conference to be held in Cape Town in January 2017. We will also host Prof Tim Guetterman, an applied research methodologist, from the University of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA offering a complimentary course in Designing a Mixed Methods Research Study.
Data Analysis: This year sees the release of a new version of ATLAS.ti. Version 8 will not just be a regular upgrade. It is re-programmed from scratch and has a whole new look and feel, and we have been fortunate to again have Dr Susanne Friese present the course for the us. She was also very involved in the remodelling of the programme and this would be a golden opportunity for existing trainers to receive training on the new programme. Due to the new version being phased in, there will be no advanced course taking place at the coming Summer School. We will again host an introduction to SPSS (Dr Cindy Lee Steenekamp), and a more advanced SPSS course by Dr Nelius Boshoff.
Furthering your writing/publishing and supervision skills: for those candidates that are at a stage where they are generating articles from their dissertations, we are offering Writing and Publishing from the PhD with Dr Ruth Albertyn. You will be offered the opportunity to work with a writing coach that will not only give you valuable tips and tools for writing a successful article, but also help you refine your draft. Prof Jan Botha will be facilitating our competence course on Doctoral Supervision. Read more