A recent ‘informed consent’ scandal

Thanks to Sarah Darley-Nolan for bringing this very interesting BBC radio 4 programme to my notice. I thought it would be good to share it here. Informed consent Facebook has been under fire for running a controversial ’emotion manipulation’ study on 689,003 Facebook users. The experiment, to find out whether emotions were contagious on the Read More …

ICQI 2014: Qualitative Inquiry and the Politics of Research

I am delighted to have had my abstract entitled “Walking the Talk: Tensions between Analysis and Advocacy in Ethical Inquiry” accepted for the Tenth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry in Champaign-Urbana in May 2014. Whilst I am attempting to synthesize analysis and advocacy in my thesis, giving this paper allows me to play with the ‘partial, moral and Read More …

When Ethics become more than a paper pushing exercise….

After completing my panel in October I have been working through completing the ethics forms for my PhD study. Originally it was seen to have a low risk level. However, from my panel feedback and discussions with colleagues in the department it appears that from the wording on the ethics form my study is actually Read More …

Exploring Learning, Identity and Power through Life History and Narrative Research

Exploring Learning, Identity and Power through Life History and Narrative Research Edited by Ann-Marie Bathmaker, Penelope Harnett Exploring Learning, Identity and Power through Life History and Narrative Research responds to these questions with examples from diverse educational and social contexts. The book brings together a collection of writing by different authors who use a narrative/life Read More …

Encryption and data management

There’s been a big move towards getting any hardware (laptops, USBs, hard drives) to get encrypted by IT services regardless if the device is university owned or it’s your own Commodore 64. Is it necessary?  And do we have to?  The short answer is “Yes”. Whether you’re first in line or dragged kicking and screaming, Read More …