Training: Painless Introduction to R

* Please ensure to bring your own laptop/device to this workshop, and please make sure to download the required software in advance *

This workshop will introduce participants to the R programming language with a focus on data visualisation. The workshop is particularly aimed at postgraduate students and staff in social science or humanities who have no experience in programming or statistics but want to learn the fundamental skills to start using R for their research.

The main part of the workshop will be on data visualisation using the ggplot2 package and will also cover basic information on R syntax, the RStudio interface, importing dataset, handling data frames and calculating basic summary statistics.

NB: You will need to bring your own laptop and to download and install R ( and RStudio ( beforehand. Both downloads are free.

Please ensure you have installed both of these correctly prior to arriving at the workshop, so as not to cause any delays for the other participants.

Further instructions will be provided to registered participants via email in due course.


Digital Scholarship Centre

Digital Scholarship Centre, 6th floor

Main Library 

University of Edinburgh 

Edinburgh EH8 9LJ