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What is NVivo?

NVivo is software that supports qualitative and mixed methods research. It lets you collect, organise and analyse content from interviews, focus group discussions, surveys and audio.

NVivo is available free to all Royal Holloway staff and students here.

Working with your information

NVivo handles virtually any data, including Word documents, PDFs, audio files, database tables, spreadsheets, videos, pictures, social media and web pages.

As you work through your information, highlight key points, allowing for quick recall or analysis later. Take this a step further with NVivo ‘nodes’ - like virtual filing boxes they allow you to see all information on a theme summarized together.

Interchange information between NVivo and other applications like Microsoft Word and Excel, IBM SPSS Statistics, Survey Monkey, EndNote and Evernote.

NVivo lets you work with information in any combination of languages, allowing for true global collaboration.

Store your project database and research materials as a single file, making your project completely portable. Or store large files separately and link them to your project.

Making sense of your information

NVivo’s query tools let you uncover subtle trends, and automated analysis features let you sit up above your data and drill down into it. For example, search for an exact word or words that are similar in meaning to quickly test theories.

NVivo lets you track your ideas and steps with ease. Use annotations to jot down your thoughts, create memos to capture detailed observations or use links to ‘glue’ items with similar themes together.

Prefer pictures to words? NVivo lets you display connections, ideas and findings using a range of visualization tools such as charts, maps and models. What’s more, you can easily view the live data behind them.

Sharing your findings

Want to share your findings with others? There’s no need to retype or reformat your information with NVivo. Your conclusions, query results, models and charts can all be exported or simply copied and pasted .

The above information is drawn from the QSR NVivo website from where further information, help and tutorials are available.

Free NVivo training at Surrey University

The College is able to pay the course fee, and travel expenses up to £100, for postgraduate research students who wish to attend  the one- or two-day NVivo training workshops provided by Surrey University in Guildford. 

Details of the NVivo courses can be found on the University of Surrey Department of Sociology’s ‘Day Courses in Social Research’ web page (Click on the ‘events’ link on the left, tick the ‘workshops’ box under ‘event types’, choose 'any date' under the calendar, and click 'Show') There are several one- and two-day courses through the January to July period, although you should note that  student places are subject to availability. 

Am I eligible?

You are eligible if you are registered for an MPhil or PhD at Royal Holloway at the time you attend the course. Research students should discuss the relevance of this training to their research needs, and obtain written confirmation by email from a member of academic staff in their supervisory team that the training is appropriate.

How do I register?

When you have identified the best course for you, go to the booking form.

How do I claim travel expenses?

Travel from the London area to Surrey will be reimbursed by the College in line with its Travel and Subsistence Policy as long as you can supply receipts and/or tickets. Please submit your claim to Laura Christie (as above) on the form available under ‘Expenses’ on Agresso.

Are there other sources of support and guidance for NVivo?

You may find the following resources helpful:

QSR International http://www.qsrinternational.com/support.aspx

QSR produce NVivo. These web pages include Tutorials,  Short 'how to' videos and a ‘Getting Started’ Guide.


Contact us

Please email Laura Christie the Educational Development Officer 

for further information.



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