Community Researchers Course

Programme details

Duration: 8 Weeks
Location: Online
Cost: £100


This 8 week course is designed to engage people who are active in their communities. The course will teach basic qualitative research skills and will enable access to key knowledge about the representation of diverse communities, our civil rights and the accountability of service providers. The underlying principle of this course is that research is so often dictated by the agendas of service providers who may not understand or appreciate the experiences of ethnically diverse communities. This course is a first step in turning this process around, giving key community players the opportunity to identify the needs and experiences of their own communities, to research these and to present this research to the service providers themselves.

At DRI we hope that this course will be a step towards clearer communication and greater accountability and that the research that emerges from the course will initiate the commissioning of further research and lead to a closer dialogue with communities that have often been positioned as ‘hard to reach’.

The Community Researchers course outline

The course is open first to bilingual advocates and then to others who are active in their own communities.  The course will offer places to 12 people.  The course will be accredited by DRI and taught by Dr Yaa Asare, a senior lecturer at the University of Brighton.  It will run for 8 weeks, on Wednesdays and Fridays (2 hours each day) between 26th May and 23rd July.  There will be a week off for half term (week beginning 31st May).  There will be a fee of £100 to take the course.

As part of the course you will interview 3 people within your community and carry out a focus group, these will be assessed. Also as part of the course, representatives of various organisations will be invited to share the work their organisations are involved with and to learn from the perspectives of the course participants.  You will be required to keep a learning log on the course of your reflections of each of these interactions and of your learning in general during the course.  The course will be interactive and there will be opportunity for engagement with and learning from your peers. There will also be an opportunity to partake in research, organised by Yaa, on what your own learning experience have been during the course but involvement in this is not mandatory.

The Community Researcher course, dates and times

(in addition to these times there will be approximately 4 hours of private study a week, which will include the time to carry out your interviews and focus groups and to prepare your research reports).  You are expected to attend all the sessions.

  • Wednesday 26th May, 10.00 – 12.00
  • Friday 28th May, 10.00 – 12.00
  • Half term week off
  • Wednesday 9th June, 10.00 – 12.00
  • Friday 11th June, 10.00 – 12.00
  • Wednesday 16th June, 10.00 – 12.00
  • Friday 18th June, 10.00 – 12.00
  • Wednesday 23rd June afternoon one to one tutorials (time to be arranged)
  • Friday 25th June, 10.00 – 12.00
  • Wednesday 30th June, 10.00 – 12.00
  • Friday 2nd July, 10.00 – 12.00
  • Wednesday 7th July, 10.00 – 12.00
  • Friday 9th July, 10.00 – 12.00
  • Wednesday 14th July, afternoon one to one tutorials (times to be arranged)
  • Friday 16th July, 10.00 – 12.00
  • Wednesday 21st July, 10.00 – 12.00
  • Friday 23rd July, presentations of research (times to be arranged)