ONLINE Evidence Synthesis of Qualitative Research in Europe (ESQUIRE)

06.09.22 - 13.09.22 (Online over 4 days)


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

This course is scheduled to take place online over 4 half days from 06.09.22 to 13.09.22 as follows:

Date AM or PM Session
Tuesday, 6th September 2022 10:00 - 12:30
Tuesday, 6th September 2022 13:30 - 16:30
Wednesday, 7th September 2022 13:30 - 16:30
Thursday, 8th September 2022 13:30 - 16:30
Tuesday, 13th September 2022 10:00 - 12:30

NB:  You must be able to attend all 5 sessions to complete the course.


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


The fee for this ONLINE delivered course is £599 per person.  

If you are a member of ScHARR Staff or a ScHARR Student please contact Karen Holden at in the first instance, to confirm your eligibility and details of how to book at the reduced rate of £449.

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

Booking and payment

This course is now live on our Online Store and currently taking bookings.


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

Payment Options

Payment can be made via credit/debit card, PayPal or via company invoice (provided a purchase order can be provided at the time of booking).

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.  Wherever possible please also email an electronic copy of your company purchase order to

Immediate payment or purchase order details are required at the time of booking, please ensure you have these details to hand before making your booking.

We would like to reassure you that any bookings made for 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.

In addition, 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

If you are having difficulties making your Online Store booking, please contact the Online Store directly at, in the first instance.

If you are still having difficulties, or require any further assistance please contact the Short Course Unit at

Course delivery & requirements

The live sessions for this ONLINE course will be delivered via  the University’s ‘Blackboard’ platform. 

Online delivery via University’s Blackboard platform:

  • Reliable and stable internet connection.
  • A PC or Laptop with a mouse (a USB mouse is recommended for ease of completing exercises in-class).
  • Webcam and microphone (preferably a USB Headset)
  • A quiet room where there will be no/minimal disruption.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact ScHARR Short Course Unit via email at

Unfortunately, we are currently unable to take telephone enquiries due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation as staff are working remotely at this present time.  Please accept our sincere apologies for inconvenience this may cause.

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: 24 December 2021