Introduction to QGIS: Understanding and Presenting Spatial Data, London, 3rd April

Date: Friday 3rd April 2020 @ 9.50am – 4.30pm

Venue: University of Liverpool (London campus), 33 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AG, United Kingdom

This is a training and capacity building event organised by the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) in conjunction with the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM), ESRC funded research projects.

In this one-day introductory course we will give you an overview on how GIS works, and what we can and can’t do with spatial data. We assume no prior knowledge of GIS and will explain how to get data into the GIS as well as how to produce maps using your own data.

The course covers:

  • What is spatial data and what we can do with it
  • Getting spatial data into QGIS
  • How to design a choropleth map
  • Creating a map for your report / publication

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Be able to set up QGIS and add data
  • Understand how to add coordinates
  • Join tabular data to spatial data
  • Be able to undertake calculations
  • Classifying data for a choropleth map
  • Designing and producing a publication ready map in QGIS

Course Tutor

Dr Nick Bearman completed his PhD in GIS at the University of East Anglia in 2011 and has since worked in both the public and private sectors, using GIS on a wide variety of projects and helping others develop their GIS skills. He has held post-doc positions at the Universities of Exeter and Liverpool, where he used ArcGIS, QGIS and R on a regular basis to perform GIS analysis in a variety of projects. He is now working at the CDRC as Data Services Manager as well as lecturing in Geography at UCL. 

Nick is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Chartered Geographer (GIS) and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Authority, with a range of teaching experience including undergraduate, post-graduate and continuing professional development. Nick has over 9 years professional experience teaching GIS and has been using GIS since his undergraduate degree in 2005. He has worked with ArcGIS, QGIS, R, GeoDa, Google Maps API, Python and a variety of desktop and web-based programming languages.

Target Audience

This course is ideal for anyone who wishes to use spatial data in their role. This includes government & other public sector researchers who have data with some spatial information (e.g. address, postcode, etc.) which they wish to show on a map. This course is also suitable for those who wish to have an overview of what spatial data can be used for. 

This course requires no prior knowledge of GIS or spatial data. A level of basic computer experience is required; such as using websites, Word and saving & moving files.

Outline of the day

09:50 – 10:00   Registration

10:00 – 10:20   What is GIS?

10:20 – 11:15   Practical 1 Intro to QGIS

11:15 – 11:45   Classification

11:45 – 12:30   Practical 1 continued

12:30 – 13:30   Lunch

13:30 – 13:45   Map design

13:45-15:00     Practical 2 Tiger Map Design

15:00-15:15     Tea/Coffee

15:15-16:30     Practical 3 – Bring your own data


£70- UK registered students  
£120 – staff at UK academic institutions and research centres, UK-registered charity and voluntary organisations, staff in public sector and government  
£300 – all other participants including staff from commercial organisations

Further information

‘Please Note: This session will not be affected by the UCU strike’

All fees include event materials, lunch, morning and afternoon tea. They do not include travel and accommodation costs.

Numbers on the course are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis.

For For further information about the course, please email ke.coordinator@sbs.ox.ac.uk