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National Centre for Research Methods

About NCRM

Discover what we do and how we support researchers.

NCRM provides cutting-edge research methods training and capacity building across the UK. We run a diverse programme of courses, workshops and events throughout the year, covering a vast array of topics in a variety of interactive formats.

In addition to our training, we produce learning materials, host an extensive library of online resources, conduct research and support innovation in research methods.

Through these activities, NCRM aims to advance methodological practice in the social sciences and beyond, across all disciplines and sectors. Our training and resources are designed for both academic and non-academic researchers, and cover core, intermediate and advanced methods.

NCRM is a partnership between three universities with international reputations in methodological research and training in the social sciences: 

  • University of Southampton
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Edinburgh

This core team is complemented by nine, strategically selected institutions from across the UK, which deliver and advise on training, and provide subject expertise diversity.

NCRM was established at the University of Southampton in 2004 and has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council through a number of phases. The current five-year funding phase runs between January 2020 and December 2024 and focuses on training and capacity building.

NCRM’s Director is Gabriele Durrant, Professor of Social Statistics and Survey Methodology at the University of Southampton.

To find out more, visit the NCRM website.