With a future co-operative university now firmly on the horizon, developing more co-operative ways of carrying out research has never been more important. On this course you’ll learn how to devise research projects that are inclusive, and most importantly, ensure that your work isn’t just about ‘doing to’ but ‘doing with’. 

What will I learn? 

Co-operative research covers a really exciting range of methods and offers many ways to include people in your studies. It draws from a variety of different research tools, such as action research and participatory methods. 

You’ll learn about what co-operative research is and utilise tried and tested methods to illustrate how the data you collect can be analysed, interpreted and disseminated to give your work the biggest impact possible.

By the end of this course you’ll be able to:

  • Describe and discuss the nature and purpose of co-operative research approaches
  • Compare and contrast research methods and methodology
  • Construct research questions and a research design
  • Recognise issues of ethics and consent
  • Critically analyse and establish research findings
  • Understand ways of disseminating research 

How will I learn? 

This course consists of 3 webinars and a day school. The dates for these are as follows:

  • Webinar one - Thursday October 4 – 14.00-15.30
  • Webinar two - Thursday October 18 – 14.00-15.30
  • Webinar three – Wednesday October 31– 14.00-15.30
  • Day School – Saturday November 24 – 10.30-16.00

Sessions are delivered by experienced tutors using Zoom technology. Readings and resources are supplied and tutors will be happy to offer feedback on your ongoing thinking and on your research proposals following the conclusion of the course.

Participants are also welcome to join future research surgeries and become part of our Co-operative Early Researcher Network (CERN) community of practice. 

Your tutors

Dr Cilla Ross is a lifelong educator and innovator who is passionate about adult education and her current work towards developing a co-operative university. 

Dr Amanda Benson is a social researcher with a keen interest in participatory work in communities. Her research background is predominantly based in gender, international development and agriculture.  

A Co-operative College Certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the course.


If the cost of this program is an issue for you or your organisation we welcome bursary applications - please find details here.

Member Discount

Individual members are entitled to 15% off the price of a standard ticket for this course. Just enter the code at checkout.

Not an individual member? Join from as little as £4 per month. See more about our membership offer here.

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