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How to run a focus group: workshop for research students

How to run a focus group: workshop for research students
Date and Time
30th Sep 2015 10:00 13:00
Practice Suite, 1st floor, Chrystal Macmillan Building

In this half-day workshop, students will learn about the rationale for choosing focus groups as a research method, and the practicalities of how to run such groups. We will use the Bright Futures project, for which focus groups with Chinese international students at Edinburgh are being conducted, as a case study.  Through a series of exercises and discussions, students will develop sensitivity to the skills needed for effective focus group moderation and observation. Students participating in the focus group are expected to read about 45 pages of pre-circulated readings prior to the workshop. Lunch will be provided.

The workshop is limited to the first 10 applicants, who must be PGR students. Students who speak fluent Mandarin are especially welcome to apply. We will be recruiting a number of students as research assistants to moderate the Edinburgh focus groups, which will be conducted in Chinese starting in October 2015 and continuing into 2016.


To sign up for a place please write to: Dr. Sophia Woodman,

For more information about the Bright Futures project: and What Motivates Chinese Students to Pursue Bright Futures Through Educational Migration