Q Methodology Workshop

The Glasgow Caledonian team are hosting a 2 day introduction to Q methodology workshop on the 9th-10th April 2018 in Glasgow.

This two day workshop is designed for those looking for an introduction to Q methodology and Q research, and is especially suitable for people with limited or no prior experience. It will be led by experts in Q methodology drawing on examples from their own research as well as the wider literature.

This will be an interactive workshop providing an overview of the essential steps for conducting a Q study covering concourse theory, statement selection, P-set selection, Q-sorting, factor analysis and data interpretation. There will also be the opportunity for a one-to-one surgery session where participants can seek advice on their own Q study with one of the facilitators.  The cost of the workshop will be £200 which will include all materials, lunch and refreshments on both days. We anticipate the workshop starting at 11:00 on day one and finishing by 4pm on day two.

If you are interesting in attending this event please email Helen Mason (helen.mason@gcu.ac.uk)

Communities Secretary praises “great work” of Yunus Centre

Professor Cam Donaldson with Communities Secretary Angela Constance and Professor Rachel Baker







Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities Angela Constance praised the “great work” being carried out by researchers at the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health during a visit to Glasgow Caledonian University.

The research centre, named in honour of GCU Emeritus Chancellor Professor Muhammad Yunus, aims to transform the lives of vulnerable communities through pioneering research focused on health and wellbeing.

Speaking during a meet-and-greet with researchers and staff, Angela Constance MSP said: “It’s very important to be able to evidence impact.

“The people on the frontline know first-hand the impact of their work and that sometimes it can be quite hard to evidence. Nonetheless, it’s important for policy decisions and funding decisions. It’s good to hear about your great work.”

The Cabinet Secretary heard about a number of research studies into social enterprise projects, including WEvolution, which helps women on low income to save small amounts of money, and Impact Arts, which uses the arts to improve the lives of vulnerable young people.

Professor Rachel Baker, Director of the Yunus Centre, said: “We have 15 PhD students working in areas broadly to do with social vulnerability, whether or not that is poverty, health inequality or unemployment. We are about evidencing and social innovation and finding evidence of impact, particularly on health and wellbeing.”

The Yunus Centre was founded in 2010 by Professor Cam Donaldson, one of the world’s foremost health economists. The work of the Centre cuts across the three main societal challenges listed in Glasgow Caledonian University’s Research Strategy: inclusive societies, healthy lives and sustainable environments.

ISIRC 2017

As part of the CommonHealth Programme, Danielle Kelly recently gave a presentation on ‘The role of social enterprise in addressing social isolation and loneliness in rural Scotland’ at the 9th International Social Innovation Conference at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne Australia.  More information about the conference available via the ISIRC Conference website.

CommonHealth at the Gathering

Aberdeen Foyer: An Impact Journey

The CommonHealth Programme team will be hosting a seminar Gathering 2018.  The seminar will provide a brief overview of the CommonHealth project, a project designed to evaluate the impact of social enterprises on health creation and health inequality reduction.  Consisting of 8 smaller projects covering a five year period we will focus on project 6, Aberdeen Foyer.  With funding evaporating and competition increasing, the third sector are under pressure to continually increase and further evidence their impact for funders, stakeholders, the community and clients.  In such a diverse and ever changing sector, that is also limited on time and resource, how can we ensure that we are evidencing everything asked of us while keeping the process client centred, achieving our outcomes and standing apart to win the next bid?  This seminar looks at research that has been ongoing for over a year and will discuss one of the most effective ways of defining outcomes and indicators and discussing effective measurement processes.

To sign up for our seminar, please register via the link below:


Common Good First

Common Good First will create a digital network to identify, showcase and connect social innovation projects in South Africa to each other and to universities around the world for research, student engagement and learning and teaching.

The research project partners recently met in Cape Town for a workshop.  Further details are available via the link  below:

Cape Town workshop – December 2017

£2.2 million project will explore how access to work could support migrant integration across Europe

Professor Simone Baglioni will lead the Sirius preoject

Professor Simone Baglioni will lead the Sirius project

GCU is to lead a £2.2million Europe-wide project exploring how joining the labour market could help migrants, refugees and asylum applicants integrate in their new host countries.

GCU will coordinate the research of 11 universities and migrant-support networks in nine countries in the EU Horizon 2020 Research Programme-supported SIRIUS project. It is hoped the project will help shape international policy on supporting access to quality work opportunities and working conditions.

SIRIUS – Skills and Integration of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Applicants in European Labour markets – will explore how countries support or block integration through access to work and how joining the labour market could break down barriers, especially for women and young people.

The project will develop innovative tools such as a “serious game” to teach language skills and how to prepare for work – including job interviews, dress codes, gender and communication issues and workplace etiquette – as well as hosting a film festival and job fairs in Greece’s refugee centres.

The project is being led by GCU’s Professor Simone Baglioni. He said: “European countries need to devise a constructive, sustainable strategy to tackle migration and asylum issues. The SIRIUS project believes it is in all our interests to integrate and that the fastest way to achieve that is through work. If people are working they are not only contributing to the economy but they are free to become ordinary, if you like, so they are more willing and more able to become part of the community. We have to help people into work and also help employers and society make the most of the wealth of skills refugees can bring.

“We’d hope to build a framework for an inclusive integration agenda that European countries and the EU can use to ensure that migrant integration policies and workforce development, training and employment programmes support new arrivals’ access to decent work opportunities and working conditions. We’ll be focusing on seven countries that have a range of degrees of exposure to the recent migration and refugee crisis and different institutional and socio-economic contexts.”

GCU will lead the project with partners the University of Geneva, the University of Florence, Denmarks’ Roskilde University, Italy’s European University Institute, Charles University in Czech Republic, Solidar in Belgium, Greece’s Solidarity Now, Finland’s University of Jyväskylä, Technical University of Athens and Multikulturní centrum Praha in Czech Republic.

Q Conference Glasgow 2017

The 33rd annual Q methodology conference was hosted by GCU’s Yunus Centre for Social Business & Health last month (September 6 to 9).

The conference, held at Glasgow event venue 200SVS, was opened by Professor Cam Donaldson, Vice Principal and Pro Vice Chancellor (Research) and Yunus Chair in Social Business & Health, and Professor Rachel Baker, Director of the Yunus Centre for Social Business & Health.

The aim of the conference was to provide a multidisciplinary forum for students and professionals to explore the latest research, applications, and developments surrounding the use of Q Methodology.

The keynote speaker Job van Exel, Professor of Economics and Values at Erasmus University Rotterdam, raised challenges for those working with Q methodology in relation to publications, technology and software.

Also in attendance were members of the family of William Stephenson, the originator of Q methodology: Mary Ellen and Richard Stephenson, Averil Schreiber (Stephenson).

Q Methodology is a research method used in psychology and in social sciences to study people’s subjectivity.

More information and photos:

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