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  • About NatCen Learning

    We're a leading provider of social research training in the UK. All our courses are delivered by practising researchers, so whether you're starting out or a seasoned practitioner, we can help you build your skills and knowledge.

    Our open courses are run in partnerships with the Social Research Association and National Centre for Research Methods.

  • Book an online course

    Reporting qualitative data: 25 August
    online course with Dr Martin Mitchell and Nilufer Rahim

    Randomised controlled trials for quantitative
    social researchers: 7-8 September
    online course with Dr Andi Fugard

    Questionnaire design: 8-9 September
    online course with Debbie Collins

    Analysis of qualitative data: 12-14 September
    online course with Mehul Kotecha and Jane kerr

    Cognitive interviewing: 14-15 September

    Managing challenging interviews: 19-20 September
    online course with Jane Kerr

    Introduction to qualitative research: 27-28 September
    online course with Mehul Kotecha and Sarah Sharrock

    Depth interviewing skills: 29-30 September
    online course with Mehul Kotecha and Sarah Frankenburg

    Questionnaire design: 25-26 October
    online course with Jo d'Ardenne and Lisa Rutherford

    Design and moderating focus groups: 8-10 November
    online course with Jane Kerr

    Questionnaire design (NatCen): 22-23 November
    online course with Jo d’Ardenne and Lisa Rutherford

    Managing challenging interviews: 29-30 November
    online course with Jane Kerr

    Reporting Qualitative Data: 15 December 
    online course with Dr Martin Mitchell and Nilufer Rahim

    Introduction to evidence reviews: 17-18 January 
    online course with Daniel Phillips

    Cognitive interviewing: 18-19 January
    online course with members of NatCen’s Questionnaire Development and Testing (QDT) Hub 


    The current COVID-19 situation is changing the way in which we are delivering training and we are moving to delivering online courses. We have been working with the SRA and the NCRM to transition our courses online and those listed are the ones which are available, more will come in due course. We are also able to deliver bespoke training online.

  • Contact us

    If you have any questions, please email our Head of NatCen Learning, Juliette Henderson at:

  • Classroom and flipchart Tailored training

    By getting to know you and your organisation, we'll design a training solution that is the perfect fit for your needs and quickly delivers improved performance.

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  • Feedback from delegates
    •   NatCen delivered six courses [...] we received consistently positive feedback from attendees and the training has helped raise the level of understanding of evaluation issues in the Department.  

      Steven Finch, Department for Transport

    •   Excellent trainers! Good to see people who have done a lot of practical work in this area and are enthusiastic about it - it shows!  

      Course attendee

    •   NatCen offers a service that is tailored to the specific themes and challenges of individual projects and its tutors go out of their way to make the training relevant to the needs of participants. Exceptional quality!  

      Sussex University

    •   Our two-day training course enabled a group of completely novice qualitative researchers to come away understanding the 'how and why' of in-depth interviewing as well as feeling confident and motivated to give it go.  

      Research Unit, University

    • Ruxandra Comanaru Meet the trainers

      Ruxandra Comanaru

      Ruxandra teaches courses on cognitive interviewing. She is a Senior Researcher in our Questionnaire Development and Testing Hub. 

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