The challenge of accessing data: my PhD journey so far

This is the first of two posts based on my recent presentation at the BERA Post-graduate Symposium held at the University of Glasgow October 11th 2013 – my presentation was called:Bridging the gap: Looking at ethnicity and culture in a secondary school

This post explores one of the most important tasks relating to the undertaking of fieldwork for a qualitative research study: “gaining access”. This involves both securing entry into a particular organisation and ensuring that individuals associated with it, such as employees or users, will serve as informants, or in the particular case of this research, schools and affiliated agencies, teachers, youth workers and young people.

Part 1 can be read here at

and part 2 can be found at



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