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Middlesex University Dubai Concludes its Annual Summer Research Boot Camp


Last week, Middlesex University Dubai successfully concluded its “Annual Summer Research Boot Camp” for staff and faculty of the University.  The five week boot camp organised by the Research Committee was well attended by more than 50 academic and non-academic staff from multi-disciplinary backgrounds, and received excellent feedback from the participants. Building upon the success of its earlier editions, this year’s boot camp featured 22 facilitated sessions on both academic and applied research

Following a ‘goal-setting’ session for staff to achieve their research goals over the summer, the boot camp featured several focused and hand-on sessions on qualitative and quantitative research methods, secondary research, applied and evaluative research, and conceptual research. Also, a special ‘Quality Café’ session on sharing best practices for supervising student research was held.

Also new this year, the research boot camp featured seven specialised sessions on SPSS and two sessions on AMOS covering basic to advanced statistical analysis. Several participants with no statistical/SPSS background benefited from these sessions, while others progressed to using more advanced analysis such as structural equation modeling.

Commenting on the success of the research boot camp, Dr Sreejith Balasubramanian, Chair of the Research Committee at the University said “all the sessions were well thought out and planned and will definitely strengthen our university-wide drive towards excellence in research”. Dr Cody Paris, Deputy Director of Academic Planning & Research at Middlesex University Dubai thanked all the session leaders and contributors, and the Research Committee for putting a great deal of effort into organising these sessions, and also thanked the Marketing and IT Departments for providing the necessary support for the boot camp.

Middlesex University Dubai has a rich history of fostering research among staff and students with its weekly Wednesday Research Seminar series, Annual and Biennial Research Conferences, Student Research Symposium, Postgraduate Research Boot Camp and many more. The University’s international faculty are some of the top researchers in their field.

The details of the concluded research boot camp sessions are as follows:


Session Topic

Facilitator (s)

10 June 2019

Introduction to Summer Research Boot Camp

  • Planning your Summer Research and Goal setting
  • Enhancing Research Through Collaboration


Dr Cody Paris, Dr Lynda Hyland, Dr Anita Kashi & Research Committee


12 June 2019

SPSS Session 1 - Introduction to SPSS Software

Dr Sreejith Balasubramanian, Dr Supriya Kaitheri & Dr Lynda Hyland

16 June 2019

Managing your Online Research Profiles and Digital Tools for Academic Dissemination

Dr Cody Paris & Dr Lynda Hyland

17 June 2019

Content Analysis

Dr Dawn England

18 June 2019

Using Online platforms for Survey Research

Dr Sreejith Balasubramanian & Dr Supriya Kaitheri

18 June 2019

SPSS Session 2 - Basic Inferential Statistics

Dr Sreejith Balasubramanian & Dr Supriya Kaitheri

19 June 2019

SPSS Session 3 - ANOVA

Dr Sreejith Balasubramanian & Dr Supriya Kaitheri

23 June 2019

Using Qualtrics for Survey Research

Dr Sreejith Balasubramanian & Dr Supriya Kaitheri

24 June 2019

Secondary Data Sources for Research

Prof Ajit Karnik

25 June 2019

Focus Groups and Anatomy of a Research Paper

Dr Nishtha Lambe

25 June 2019

SPSS Session 4 - Simple Linear and Non-Linear Regression

Dr Sreejith Balasubramanian & Dr Supriya Kaitheri

26 June 2019

SPSS Session 5 - Multiple Regression

Dr Sreejith Balasubramanian & Dr Supriya Kaitheri

30 June 2019

Applied and Evaluative Research

Dr Anthony Murphy

1 July 2019

A special Quality Cafe session on sharing best practices for supervising student research

Mohammad Meraj & Dr Cody Paris

July 2, 2019

SPSS Session 6 - Multivariate analysis - Exploratory Factor Analysis and Construct Validation

Dr. Sreejith Balasubramanian

July 3, 2019

SPSS Session 7 - Multivariate analysis –Clustering

Dr. Supriya Kaitheri

July 8, 2019

Conceptual Research

Dr. Cody Paris & Dr. Dawn England

July 8, 2019

Faculty-Student Research (Drop-in)

Dr. Cody Paris

July 9, 2019

Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling and AMOS Software

Dr. Sreejith Balasubramanian

July 10, 2019

Structural Equation Modeling using AMOS - Testing and Improving your Model

Dr. Sreejith Balasubramanian


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