We provide a range of awareness-raising and training events throughout the year, including awareness raising seminars, methodological seminars, software specific training and advanced support workshops.

Training courses

Our software training courses are administered by day courses in social research. For a full list of upcoming events, please see the our events calendar.

We can also provide customised training events for individuals, groups or project teams on site. To discuss your needs and to receive a quote, please email us.

Awareness-raising seminars

Based at the University of Surrey or at other venues, these events facilitate the decision to use a specific software.


The seminars are free of charge unless local catering costs are incurred.


These events are regarded as an initial stage of training - as part of an awareness raising exercise for potential users concerning issues of software use, and main characteristics of different packages.

Software planning seminars

These seminars provide an overview of the different types of qualitative analysis software available, with demonstrations of up to five selected packages. They are aimed at helping potential users to make an informed decision as to which software will be most appropriate for their specific needs. This is done in the context of participants' concerns about the planning of software use for research projects so that various 'tools' of qualitative software can be can be discussed from a variety of angles.

Software development seminars

Where we can we offer software developers the chance to preview or showcase new or forthcoming software. Software developers tend to be very responsive to the needs of researchers. Our aim is to bring users and potential users of software and the developers together at these events to enable discussion and dialogue about real world research issues.

Methodological seminars

Based at the University of Surrey or at other venues, these events discuss methodological aspects of using CAQDAS packages to facilitate the analysis of qualitative data.


Methodological seminars are free of charge unless local catering costs are incurred.


As well as running seminars concerning our own work in the three qualitative innovation in CAQDAS (QUIC) streams we invite expert methodologists or software developers to present seminars on cutting-edge methodological advancements.

Software specific training

Training in the use of a specific software is provided with regularly scheduled courses. The aim is to get participants safely started with the basic tasks that will occupy you for some time in a real project, whilst also providing an understanding of how the software will be useful in the long term. Workshops are accompanied by full step-by-step and background documentation.


Prices for all software specific training workshops vary according to your status.


Training combines demonstration, discussion and hands-on learning. Aimed at postgraduates, academics and professional researchers, courses offer a thorough overview of the tools, functions and uses of the particular qualitative software package.

During our one-day training workshops, we use sample data although there is an opportunity at breaks to discuss your own project with tutors and participants.

During our two-day training workshops, participants can use their own project data and are supported with individual needs during the second day.

Analytic support workshops

Our analytic support workshops are aimed at more advanced users of qualitative software. These workshops provide support for researchers in the context of their own projects.


Prices for all analytic support workshops vary according to your status.


Participants will have previously attended a software specific training event or be self-taught to a reasonably advanced level. We ask registered participants to provide project information ahead of the workshop including details on particular software-related issues and aspects for which additional support is required and each workshop is tailored to the needs of those attending. 

Participant numbers are restricted in order to ensure that sufficient individual support can be provided.