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                                         June 2020                      

                                                   Photograph: Ronnie Hughes

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Training Opportunities

Will Medd: Online: Write Here, Right Now Day Retreat

Date: Tuesday, 21st July 2020

Creating a productive writing habit is a challenge for many academics, often leading to frustration and a feeling of never having done enough.

Write Here, Right Now offers a unique format that brings together the space of a writing retreat with the provocation of live coaching experiments to enhance and sustain an effective writing experience. The retreat provides a powerful format to get writing done, harnessing the collective energy of the group, while the live coaching invites greater awareness of how to shape the writing experience.  

• Dedicated focused and productive writing time
• Better confidence, motivation and mood management
• Greater awareness of what gets in the way and how to overcome it
• Strategies for consistent and productive writing practice in the context of wider academic work
• Learning from the collective wisdom of the group
 • Commit to a personal writing practice 

For further details 
Book your place here 

Goldsmiths Methods Lab Resource Page

Researchers at Goldsmiths have created a useful resources page to support researchers as they rethink the methods they work with and deploy.
This includes a range of readings, videos and other online resources that may help as you consider reorienting yourselves and your research:


CLOSER regularly runs events and training workshops for a wide range of audiences, including new and experienced data users, policymakers and the third sector.

Students, early-career researchers and those new to longitudinal studies can also access a range of information and resources on the CLOSER Learning Hub.


Peers for PhDs: Surviving the PhD AND Covid-19


Peers for PhDs is a student-led group to support wellbeing of PhD students at the University of Liverpool. Read here their top 10 tips for surviving the PhD and Covid-19.

Students in Focus
Craig Arnold, Criminology, Social Policy and Social WorkKeele University (2019 Cohort)

Through the opportunities presented by my ESRC funded PhD, I am now engaged in national programmes, including addressing the challenges posed by COVID-19. See here to read more about Craig's research

Ronnie Hughes, Sociology, University of Liverpool (2018 Cohort)

Looking for Utopia: A PhD Story

A Beginning 
I’m writing this like a story, though it could also be a PhD if such things were only meant to be less than a thousand words long. A stretch to imagine, but the story for me begins years ago with a long fascination that groups of humans might be able to make up better lives in better places for themselves. Read more about Ronnie's Story here  

Sophia Hayat Taha, Socio-legal Studies, Keele University (2019 Cohort)

PhD work during lockdown

I am a researcher as well as an activist, both of which are not easy to do in isolation. 2020 has been a rollercoaster of pandemics, protests, and personal struggles. Working during all of this has also been turbulent. Read here about how Sophia reflects upon how she has worked during the first half of this year.
Recent Events

Will Medd: Online 'Group Coaching with your PhD'

Attending the coaching session led by Will, taught me that it’s quite normal to be derailed amidst a pandemic, and whilst returning to a sense of calm and focus will be a challenge, it’s okay to take it one step at a time, I just need to remember to breathe! Read Rita Newton's reflections here 
Additional Funding Competitions 

Overseas Institutional Visit to Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS), Montreal

I feel that my trip to Canada met and surpassed all my aims and expectations. All the experience and knowledge, as well as networking will be invaluable for creating arguments and narratives for completing my PhD, disseminating my PhD findings and going forward with my academic career. Read Niamh Kavanagh's full OIV report here.

The next deadline for all NWSSDTP Additional Funding Competitions is 6th November 2020.


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