Supporting the The Master of Research: Education and Society Programme

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Online MMU Harvard referencing guide

MRes students should be aware that the MMU Harvard Referencing guide is now available as a new online version

It can also be accessed from the Library website under:

Electronic Library > Quick Links > Referencing

The new online version is much more user-friendly and enables you to click directly to relevant elements of the guide and get to the information quicker and more efficiently. Whilst the guide has been updated to incorporate more reference types than the previous edition, none of the other core elements of the guide have changed. It is also still available in PDF format and the link is available on the online page.


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Padma Inala | Senior Assistant Librarian | Childhood Studies & Primary Education MMU Library Services, Didsbury Library



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ESRI Professorial Lecture series – all welcome

Students are invited to attend the next Faculty of Education Professorial Lecture Series. All are taking place in the Assembly Hall, Didsbury campus from 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm (lecture to start at 4.30 pm.)  The first one will be delivered by ESRI’s Maggie Maclure next week. We hope you can join us there.

19th November 2013 – Professor Maggie Maclure

“If things were so different back then, how come they look the same? A perplexed look at life in early years classrooms in the 1970s vs the noughties”

25th February 2013 –  Professor Harry Torrance 

“How Can Research Inform Policy and Practice? Producing and Using Evidence in Education”

20 May 2013 – Professor Cathy Lewin:

“Transforming education through technology: mission impossible?”

They promise to be interesting and valuable network events, refreshments will be available on arrival.

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Additional library session

We’ve organised an additional library session on Tuesday 22nd October, for anyone who missed either the induction or endnote session, or anyone who simply wants more information about searching for information via the library.

The session will take place from 1.30pm to 3.30pm in computing room 2.1 (up the stairs in the library).

There will be 90 minutes on information searching, databases, constructing search queries, etc. and 30 minutes overview of EndNote at the end of the session. If you haven’t done so already, please set up an EndNote web account as described below.

Setting up an Endnote Account

Endnote is available through the Internet at


You need to register for your own account, select Create an account and follow the on screen instructions. You don’t have to use your MMU email, but your account will only become fully operational when you log in via an MMU IP address. Your password must be eight characters long, include a number and a symbol. This will enable you to use Endnote for as long as you are registered as a member of MMU.


If you wanted to get started with EndNote Web before the session then you can find detailed information on the MMU EndNote help pages. The help section within EndNote Web is also very useful.

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Stuart Hall quote on meaning

Here is the Stuart Hall quote I mentioned today in Rachel’s sessions when we discussed the political and socio-cultural implications of our research, and the limitations to how much we can control what people take from, and ‘do’ with, our research:

Language is part of an infinite semiosis of meaning. To say anything, I have got to shut up. I have to construct a single sentence. I know that the next sentence will open the infinite semiosis of meaning again, so I will take it back. So each stop is not a natural break. It does not say, ‘I’m about to end a sentence and that will be the truth.’ It understands that it is contingency. It is a positioning. It is the cut of ideology which, across the semiosis of language constitutes meaning. But you have to get into that game or you will never say anything at all. (Hall, 1991, p.51)

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Student Rep(s) needed

Dear Students

As we mentioned to you briefly in induction, you need to appoint a student representative for the MRes course.  There will also be a student rep for other research degrees in ESRI (PhD and DEd).  The role of the student rep is to be a point of liaison between students and the research staff in ESRI and the wider university on course related issues affecting the cohort.

What’s involved? 

The student rep is expected to liaise with fellow students – part time and full time – and communicate any course related issues to staff. Reps will be supported by the course team in fostering a student culture of support, engagement and information sharing between students.

There will be informal channels for this (such as meeting with course staff to discuss issues or concerns), and formal channels. Namely, there will be around two formal meetings per term (The University Research Degrees Committee meeting and the Programme Committee meeting) to which course student reps are invited and space is provided for issues to be formally aired and discussed. Student reps do to have to attend all of these meetings in person, but it would be useful if there could be representation at each meeting.

 There will also be a communication loop created between the MRes student rep and student reps for the PhD and DEd to ensure that the feedback from each body of students is fed to the appropriate places.

What’s next?

We would like the cohort to discuss and nominate a student rep.  We think that this post could usefully be shared between two students and would encourage students to consider this.

Please can you think about this between you and let Kim know by the end of the week via email ( ). We will also mention this in the sessions this week so please feel free to ask the course team any questions you have then.

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Using images in your blogs

Images are a great way to liven up your blog posts, but can be a bit of a minefield in terms of knowing what is okay to post.

Here are a couple of blog posts that take you through issues of legal use, attribution, and fair use:

The complete guide to using images in your blog posts

The Principles of Fair Use and Image Usage for Bloggers

A great place for images that you can use in your blogs:

Creative commons search

If you have any other questions on image use, please ask them in a comment below, and I will do my best to find answers as soon as possible.


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A short reflection on research and sense(s)

In today’s Core Theory session with Rachel we discussed questions of epistemology, philosophy and ontology. In encouraging us to stand back and think about our taken for granted assumptions, truths, beliefs and convictions we carry around with us, Rachel forced us to attend to the conceptual frameworks we all bring to our research enquiries.

These provide particular ways of seeing; windows to the world that throw light on some things and not others. These frameworks – built up over time, through our experiences, our connections and encounters with others (human/ non human), or memories of pasts (real and imagined) – are integral to the way we approach research – the things we see as significant, the quandaries that ‘itch’ and keep us up at night.

This metaphor of conceptual frameworks as providing us with particular lenses on the world – ways of seeing – is useful in thinking about the ‘doing’ of research.

I also wonder what other metaphors of sense might be relevant to research.  Thinking about this, I returned to the words of Les Back who I referred to in Tuesday’s session where I talked about some of the different ways we might define ‘research’ and what it can and does do.  Les argues that Sociology is a craft of attentiveness, an ‘art of listening’. He calls on us to be patient in how we listen as well as look upon the social world when we do research. Here is a longer quote from Les:

“Some people argue that that means we’re facing a crisis of the empirical. What value can there be for the humanities and social sciences in a world of prodigious, extraordinary, powerful corporate and state information machines. That’s one way of thinking about itas a crisis and informational struggle that we’re completely impotent in the face of. I have a different feeling about it. It comes back to the training of a certain attentiveness, of slowing down the pace of thought, of asking different questions, and having a different kind of attention. It’s a tough enterprise. And the fact that it’s hard makes it important. We need the time to think carefully, to ask difficult questions, and to challenge our own assumptions about what we think is the case. To cultivate that patient openness to the problems that keep us awake at night and that we feel passionately about.”

(Les Back- available here: )

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