All the latest news, views and updates from the Research Academy. Plus the occasional update from our favourite charity, the Market Research Benevolent Association (MRBA).

MRS Advanced Certificate online course: please call before applying!

Due to unprecedented demand for our MRS Advanced Certificate online course, we have very few places left. Please call us before submitting an application to ensure that there is still a place on the webinar time slot that you prefer. Our number is + 44 20 3130 1431. We do have space on our face-to-face course so.. read more →

Research Academy MD Mia Lorenz is in the news

For the past two years, Research Academy Managing Director Mia Lorenz has been working with an industry-wide steering group that dedicated to professionalising qualitative commercial research. Together with renowned qualitative research methods educator Joanna Chrzanowska of Qualitative Mind, Mia has helped to develop a framework for a new set of professional qualifications for qualitative researchers. Debrah Harding.. read more →

Celebrate ESOMAR’s Young Researcher of the Year award winner

We’d like to congratulate Arindam Mohanty of Third Eye Integrated Services in India on winning the 2015 ESOMAR Young Researcher of the Year award! It’s great to see international bodies like ESOMAR giving young and new researchers a chance to shine. To learn more about the award or read Arindam’s winning paper, please visit the ESOMAR website. read more →

MRBA Fundraising Week update

We’re keen supporters of The Market Research Benevolent Association (MRBA), which provides financial assistance and support to anyone who works or has worked in market research and to their immediate families.   To do our little bit this year, we participated in the MRBA’s fundraising week, held in October 2015. Our staff and alumni pledged kilometres.. read more →

Our research is making headlines

We’re delighted that a study commissioned from us by UPP Group Limited was cited recently in Times Higher Education. The study, carried out earlier this year, used online focus groups and an online questionnaire to explore questions about apprenticeships and employability with prospective and current university students in the UK. The Times Higher article discusses the finding that nearly three-quarters.. read more →

We’re gearing up for the MRBA Fundraising Week – join us!

We’re raising money for the Market Research Benevolent Association (MRBA), who provide financial assistance and support to anyone who works or has worked in market research and to their immediate families. Our team is pledging miles – running, swimming, walking or cycling – as part of the MRBA Fundraising Week 2015. The Research Academy will donate £1.. read more →

MRS Diploma results update

Our MRS Diploma results came in recently and – drumroll please – three of five students achieved a Distinction mark on the Unit 2 coursework paper! This is a fantastic result for our 2014-16 MRS Diploma cohort and we just want to congratulate them in public! Well done! read more →

In the news: dealing with quality issues in online sample

We don’t usually promote news stories, but this Research Live article by Laura Finnemore really grabbed our attention and we think it ought to be read widely. Laura was not only brave enough to be open about how poor some of the sample from online panels is, but leads a thoughtful discussion on what to do about.. read more →

Admissions update 26 August

Our courses are filling up fast this semester! We’ve got one place left on our MRS Advanced Certificate face-to-face course, six places left on our MRS Advanced Certificate online course, and four on the MRS Diploma course. We take applications on a first come, first served basis so get your application in now! If you’ve got questions or want.. read more →

The Research Academy team is growing!

We’re delighted to announce that Caroline Pakel is joining us as an Academy Associate. A seasoned qualitative researcher with over 25 years of research and teaching experience, Caroline will bring further qualitative expertise to the Research Academy team. Caroline’s approach to research is rooted in social psychology and creative problem solving, and her international experience has.. read more →