Language and Linguistics Seminar Series: Week 5 with Dr Jim McKinley, UCL

"Realities of doing research: What to do when things go wrong"

  • Thu 31 Oct 19

    12:00 - 14:00

  • Colchester Campus


  • Event speaker

    Dr Jim McKinley, UCL

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    Language and Linguistics Seminar Series

  • Event organiser

    Language and Linguistics, Department of

  • Contact details

    Professor Peter Patrick

In week 5, Dr Jim McKinley, UCL, joins us to talk about their recent research.

12-1pm Dr Jim McKinley will take to the stage to deliver their talk, followed by a lunch provided by Language and Linguistics from 1pm-2pm.

We look forward to seeing you there: this event is open to all students and staff! 


When conducting research, it is often inevitable that we will face obstacles and problems along the way. How can we overcome issues of validity, reliability, and ethicality? In this talk I address these issues and show how to undertake research whilst dealing with the challenges of this research involving real people in real settings. I provide examples of experienced researchers focusing on a problem in a research project, and outline the steps involved in overcoming the problem and completing a successful, and publishable, project. I hope the talk will generate discussion around the challenges we face with research methods, for those supervising postgraduate research, as well as those embarking on their first research project. 


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