Evidence Synthesis of Qualitative Research in Europe (ESQUIRE)

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

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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
Wherever possible we aim to run as many of our ScHARR short courses as is practically possible, but this may be in a different format to how they have previously been delivered, or were intending to be delivered. 

We are currently looking at other ways in which our courses could potentially be delivered e.g. online and which courses this would be suitable for.

Any bookings made for any of our ScHARR short courses will be ‘Covid-19 Secure’ meaning that we would ensure that any courses delivered face-to-face would only be done so if Government guidance permitted, and our venue(s) were able to adhere to all Covid-19 safety measures.

We are continuing to monitor the situation, and we will be regularly updating to comply with Government guidance and restrictions.

We would like to reassure you that any bookings made would be Covid-19 secure, whereby if the course were unable to take place in the format advertised at the time of your booking, we would offer a no-quibble guarantee that we would:

  • automatically transfer your booking to a rescheduled date
  • automatically transfer your booking to the Online version of the course
  • process a full refund, if neither of the above are suitable for you

This course is live on our Online Store, and we are currently taking bookings. 

All of our ScHARR short course bookings are initially processed via our Online Store. Payment is by credit/debit card or PayPal and via invoice (purchase order required) if required.

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

If you have any queries regarding booking or 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

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

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: 11 January 2021