Evidence Synthesis of Qualitative Research in Europe (ESQUIRE)

3 Day Course: Monday, 6th - Wednesday, 8th September 2021

The course will follow the systematic review process as it applies, and is adapted to, qualitative evidence synthesis.

The Programme Faculty will take participants through the stages of defining and exploring scope, conducting the literature searches, quality assessing studies for inclusion, synthesising data and writing up and presenting the product of the synthesis. Participants will be provided with practical experience of key stages in the review process.

Who will benefit from the course?

No formal experience is required, working knowledge of standard systematic review methods or a background in qualitative research methods will be an advantage, but not essential.

  • Qualitative researchers who want to learn how to synthesise qualitative research
  • Systematic reviewers who want to learn how to translate synthesis methods to qualitative data
  • PhD students in topic areas that require substantive review of qualitative research
  • New researchers who want to develop evidence synthesis/systematic review
  • Qualitative systematic reviewers who want to update and extend their skills and knowledge


Members of the Cochrane Qualitative Research Methods Group and Experienced ScHARR Staff.

Dr Andrew Booth, Reader in Evidence Based Information Practice and Director of Information, ScHARR, University of Sheffield and Course Leader of this popular course.

Fiona Campbell, Research Fellow, ScHARR, University of Sheffield.

Mark Clowes, Information Specialist, ScHARR, University of Sheffield.

Dates and times

3 Day Course: Monday, 6th - Wednesday, 8th September 2021

Day 1 - Starts at 10:00am with registration and refreshments, with a prompt course start at 10:30am. It is scheduled to close for the day at approximately 4pm. 

A course evening dinner for all delegates and staff will take place at approximately 7pm (there is no additional fee for this).

Day 2 - Starts at 9am and is scheduled to close for the day at 5pm.

Day 3 - Starts at 9am and is scheduled to close at 3pm


£750 Early Bird Fee - For confirmed bookings received on or before 11pm on 6th June 2021.

£850 (TBC) Standard Fee - For confirmed bookings received on or before 11pm on 23rd August 2021, or when the course reaches full capacity (which is often reached before the closing date, so early booking is recommended for this course.

We also offer a 20% discount for group bookings of 4 or more people on the same course. Please contact Karen Holden at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk to book. NB: This discount cannot be applied at checkout or after a booking has taken place.  ALL group bookings must be made directly with Karen Holden at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk.

This course is very popular and generally reaches full capacity before the closing date, so early booking is advised.

Booking and payment

Provision bookings are currently being taken for this popular ScHARR short course.  Please forward your details to Karen Holden at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk.

All of our short course bookings are initially processed through our Online Store. Payment in full/purchase order is required at the time of booking (Credit/Debit Card or PayPal is accepted). 

If your employer is paying your fees, and they would prefer to be invoiced, please ensure you select this option when booking and that have your Purchase Order details before making your booking. Bookings are NOT confirmed until receipt of the Purchase Order is received at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk.

Bookings will automatically close at 11pm on 23rd August 2021. 

This course is very popular and generally reaches full capacity before the closing date, so early booking is advised.

If you have any queries relating to fees and payment, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Course Materials

The course will consist of a mixture of presentations, group work, discussions and individual exercises.

Course Materials will be provided via a Delegate Course Website approximately 1 week prior to the course start date. Hard copies of exercises will be provided throughout the course. Hard copies of PowerPoint presentations will not be provided, but these can be printed by delegates before the start of the course via the Delegate Course Website.

Participants are asked to provide their own laptop for the duration of the course, please contact us if you are unable to do so.

Accommodation and meals

The course fee includes lunch and refreshments throughout this three day course, plus a course evening dinner that takes place on the first evening of Tuesday 10 September 2019.

No accommodation is included. We have a preferential rate of £70 per room/night at the host venue Halifax Hall for all of our delegates, details of how to book this are provided in your automated confirmation email.

Alternatively, we have our new Jonas Hotel, situated next to Halifax Hall, with a preferential rate of £50 per room/night.

For further details please contact Karen Holden at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk or telephone +44 114 222 2968.

If you have any particular dietary or access requirements then please contact the Short Course Unit with your requirements at the time of booking.


Halifax Hall Hotel and Conference Centre
Endcliffe Vale Road
S10 3ER


For further information please do not hesitate to contact the Short Course Unit via email at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk

or call +44 114 222 2968.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 30 July 2020