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The ARC qualitative network

The ARC qualitative network 


The aim of the group is to encourage debate and discussion about the place of qualitative research in health research, its core concepts and methods in a dynamic and supportive atmosphere. The group is multidisciplinary with over 140 participants drawn mainly from different faculties (Health Science, Medicine, Psychology, Sociology) and universities across Wessex, and some national and international participants. The group aims to be helpful and facilitate the use and development of qualitative research in health, illness and care. 


The group is primarily concerned with providing a peer support network and the development of knowledge and skills of early and mid-career researchers who are conducting or interested in qualitative research.

Frequency of meetings

The group meets every 2-3 months to discuss a specific topic related to qualitative research, with selection of topic normally driven by the members and their interests and needs.

Webinar 1 May 2020 - Qualitative Longitudinal Research (QLR) - hosted by Dr Eloise Radcliffe, from the MacMillan Survivorship Research Group & Dr Meredith Tavener, University of Newcastle, Australia

Webinar 8 July 2020 - Phone and online qualitative interviews - hosted by Dr Sofia Strommer and Dr Kinda Ibrahim

Webinar 2 October 2020 - Teaching and Qualitative Research

Webinar 11 February 2021 - Realist synthesis - Webinar by Dr Ivaylo Vassilev, Dr Alejandra Recio Saucedo & Dr Ksenia Kurbatskaya as part of ARC Qualitative Network

Webinar 12 February 2021 - Realist Synthesis Exercise for Context, Mechanism and Outcome (CMO) configuration - with Dr Ivaylo Vassilev, Dr Alejandra Recio Saucedo & Dr Ksenia Kurbatskaya as part of the ARC Qualitative Research Network

Webinar 19 March 2021 - Innovative ideas for Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in qualitative research - March 19 2021 - Presented by Dr Caroline Barker (ARC PPI lead) and Carmel McGrath - Chaired by Dr Kinda Ibrahim
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Webinar Friday 18 June, 2021 11.00am-12.30pm - How to conduct a systematic review and synthesis of qualitative studies - Speakers and researchers, Dr Teresa Corbett and Dr Kate Lippiett, who will share their recent experiences in conducting systematic reviews of qualitative studies, top tips and issues to avoid. 
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Webinar December 8, 2021 - 1.00pm-2.30pm - Dr Kat Bradbury explain the value of using Qualitative Research in designing interventions - A Person Based Approach
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Webinar March 29, 2022 - 1.00pm-2.00pm - Dr Sarah Fearn and Mrs Veena Agarwal Content analysis of interviews and surveys: Methodology and application
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Webinar April 28, 2022 - 11.00am-12.30pm -Dr Amanda Blatch-Jones and Dr Katie Meadmore share their experience of using netnography to explore funding committee practice allocation of research funding.

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Webinar June 9, 2022 - Professor Carl May presents “qualitative studies of innovations in treatment, organisations, and delivery of healthcare services: how the normalisation process theory coding manual can help?"

Webinar October 6, 2022 -Dr Kate Lyle and Dr Susie Weller : Exploring the complexity of patient journeys: analysing, representing and communicating experiences through visual methods


The group has developed a “MUST READ LIST” for qualitative researchers that include articles and books that discuss different areas including:  challenges of conducting qualitative research; ensuring quality in qualitative research; the place of different methods of data collection; teaching qualitative research. We built this dedicated resource to help and advise people and we are constantly updating the list to include any further useful resources.

The group has also started building a resource of people with their expertise so members can identify at a glance the most suitable person(s) within the group to help, advise, and support on a particular topic. If you would like to add your details, please click here 

Group Convenor

If you would like to know more about the group or interested in joining in please email Dr Kinda Ibrahim