Methods and Data Institute


What can the MDI do for you?

We offer a tailor-made approach to assisting you in your research, according to your experience and the type of research.

During an initial appointment with you, we will seek to establish how the MDI can best provide support, and may then suggest one of the following services, depending on your particular circumstances:

Research Consultancy

Consultancy is available to individuals or groups of researchers in relation to a specific research project. It may involve different stages of research projects, from initial design, to data collection or analysis, and it may vary in magnitude from a single discussion to provide feedback or advice, to active collaboration in various stages of the project. Please contact us to make an appointment.

PGR office hours

PGRs engaged in empirical research for their PhD thesis can call on the MDI for advice on their choice and use of methods and data. A drop in session especially for PGRs is available every Tuesday from 2-5pm. Contact us for an appointment.

Support for lecturers

Lecturers who are teaching elements of empirical research methods at undergraduate or postgraduate level are welcome to drop in for advice, feedback, assistance with data acquisition or software. Sometimes the VDC may be of use to enrich teaching formats.


For those who wish to extend or update their methodological knowledge and skills, we provide a number of condensed, intensive training modules, known as clinics.

Software resources

We have copyright agreements with the following statistical software suppliers:

  • MSP WIN 5.0
  • STATA 9
  • Latent Gold 4.0
  • SI-CHAID 4.0
  • Cross-national Time Series Data Archive

Please contact us to arrange for the loan of the above resources.

Other resources available

Access to the Virtual Data Centre is via the E-Library Gateway.

Information on application software provided for general use across the University is available from IT Services.

For access to the NESSTAR server (providing access to the Virtual Data Library) please login.


Methods and Data Institute

School of Politics and International Relations
Law and Social Sciences building
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

+44 (0)115 846 8150