Category Data collection

On the importance of holidays

Here is the new term at university beginning in a week time and here I am back on my desk reminiscing about my well deserved holiday and the impact it has already had on my motivation and productivity…  It does feel like this is the time of the year to look back at what went […]

Fieldwork bliss! Building relationships with participants

I wasn’t really sure what to write about in the past few weeks as I thought nothing interesting was happening, but I just thought that’s naive. I got things going on – writing a book chapter, preparing for a conference, summer school training… and most importantly – fieldwork! Thinking back, I have always been excited […]

Battery Fail!

We’ve all heard the stories of researchers recording an interview to later find out that the conversation was not saved or unusable because of poor quality. We know about people refusing to be recorded which makes an interview a writing marathon with the speed of speech. And to top it all up, we all know that techology is quite likely to let us down when we least expect it. Well, honestly, I never thought any of this would happen to me!!! I’ve always been extra organised, checking all my equipment and having a back up plan just in case and I suppose the fact that none of the above mentioned ever happened to me made me feel a bit over-convident, I was kind of invincible… Couldn’t be more wrong… Keep reading to find out why…

Upcoming conference paper – SPARC 2012

My first ever conference paper has been accepted! Last month I submitted an abstract for the Salford Postgraduate Annual Research Conference (SPARC 2012) and well… I was delighted that it was accepted. The conference will be taking place on the 30 and 31 May at University of Salford, Manchester. I will be presenting a paper […]

47 hours of transcribing

I have always enjoyed transcribing. Well, to be honest, I find it difficult to begin, especially when the recordings last for hours and hours, but once I’m in front of the computer with my headphones on and the magic pedal under my feet, there’s no stopping. Sometimes I think that transcription could be addictive, especially […]