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NWSSDTP Newsletter 
                                                October 2019
Welcome to the new NWSSDTP Newsletter! Our DTP Coordinator, Dr Julie McColl, will be compiling upcoming training opportunities and reporting on recent NWSSDTP student activity every month. We hope you find this useful, and welcome feedback on anything else you would like to see included.If you would like to write a piece for our blog, which will then be included in the newsletter, please contact Julie at

The NWSSDTP Team (Gabe, Hayley, Julie and Sarah)

P.S. Don’t forget, we also tweet from @NWSSDTP
Training Opportunities 

North West ESRC /AHRC Doctoral Training Partnerships Impact Event
Date and Time 6th November 2019,10:00 - 16:00
Venue: Vine Court 1st Floor Dining Room, University of Liverpool
  • What is Impact?
  • What does Impact mean for Postgraduate Researchers?
  • Placements and Internships
  • Workshop on individual impact plans for attendees
For further details and registration (please book early as this is a popular event)

WriteHere, RightNow   
Date and Time: 5th November 2019; 9.00 - 16.30
Venue: University of Liverpool, Halsall Room, Foresight Centre,1 Brownlow Street, Liverpool, L69 3GL                                      

WriteHere, RightNow offers a unique format that brings together the space of a writing retreat with the provocation of live coaching to enhance and sustain an effective writing experience.

This workshop is run by professional coach Will Medd .

For further details and registration 
Resilience and the PhD

Date: 16th December 2019; 9.00 - 16.30
Venue: Lancaster University, Seminar Room 23 in Bowland North.

Recognising the challenges of PhD life are varied, this one-day workshop creates an opportunity to step back and take charge of your agenda. Through the workshop you’ll learn self-coaching skills that rekindle the connection between your PhD vision and everyday practices, in ways that enhance your personal resilience and sustain personal well-being.

This one-day, experiential workshop and interactive coaching-based workshop will create an opportunity to step back and align your PhD to what really matters to you and find the confidence make it work for you.

This workshop is run by professional coach Will Medd .

For further details and registration 

Pause with Purpose

Date: 13th January 2020
Venue: University of Manchester, SALC Graduate School in Ellen Wilkinson Building

When feeling rushed, under pressure and experiencing uncertainty, there is tendency to feel the need to do more, to focus on the ‘urgent’ and to let the important things slip. It’s all too easy to lose sight of the bigger picture.

Holding together the paradoxical relationship of resting in presence while tapping into the power of imagining what’s possible, the day will involve a combination of experiential exercises while using relaxation and meditation to learn about the power of pausing while providing a powerful grounding to the reflective process.

This workshop is run by professional coach Will Medd .

For further details and registration 
The Scholars Programme – PhD tutor opportunity

The Scholars Programme is run by The Brilliant Club, an award winning university access charity. They recruit and train doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to pupils in schools that serve under-represented communities.

There is now the opportunity for you to join The Brilliant Club’s PhD tutor community in 2019-20. For further information please email
North West Higher Education Research 

Please see link here for NWHER list of higher education research-related events at universities in the North West (UK)
Student in Focus

Tamsin Fisher, Health and Wellbeing, Keele University, 2017 Cohort

Read Tamsin's blog 'Pilot studies, planning and preparation prevents poor PhD performance: The value of piloting research methods' 
'The research process so far has been a rollercoaster of emotions and progress, though I am sure that I am not alone in this. Stepping into the second year of a PhD is daunting but exciting as preparation for data collection is underway and there is hope that the answers to the questions become nearer. For many, the start of the year will be filled with ethics and one can only hope that it takes one attempt! My ethics, however began back in March… 6 months into the PhD and a little earlier than most'!
Recent Events

‘Studying Gender in the Wake of #MeToo’

This interdisciplinary event funded NWSSDTP was a one day conference and activism day on International Women’s Day 8th March 2019 bringing together activists, PhD students, early career researchers and members of the public to discuss issues pertinent to gender and the academy. Read about this event here
Additional Funding Opportunities

Internship with Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre, David Mountain, Planning and Environment, University of Manchester

Read here about David's Internship with Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre (MKCDC) .... 'working in a variety of non-academic fields, interviewing practitioners (of heritage, education, planners and policymakers), and having the chance to get engrossed in and be a part of the daily life of a fascinating place'.
Additional Funding Competitions  

The next deadline for all NWSSDTP Additional Funding Competitions is Friday 8th November 2019.

Get involved in MethodsX in 2019/20

Are you currently puzzling over the best methods to use for your PhD research? Perhaps you are in the middle of conducting your empirical research and are facing all sorts of unanticipated methodological challenges. Or maybe you are writing up your research and are reflecting on your research design with the benefit of experience.
MethodsX (short for ‘Methods Exchange’) provides all ESRC-funded students with an opportunity to meet students from across the partnership who share broadly similar methodological concerns. You will be able to compare notes with doctoral students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, whilst also finding out about cutting-edge innovations in your methodological field.
All ESRC-funded students are required to participate in one of the five streams, and the first stream meetings for the new academic year are in early December:

  • Quantitative Methods: Monday 2nd December, 10-6, School of Arts Library, University of Liverpool
  • New Forms of Data/Digital Methods: Monday 2nd December, 2-5, School of Arts Library, University of Liverpool
  • Ethnography: Tuesday 3rd December, 10-2, Simon Building Room 3.44A, University of Manchester
  • Interview-based Qualitative Research:  Tuesday 10th December, 11-2, Simon Building Room 3.44B, University of Manchester
  • Archives, Collections and Documents of Life: Thursday 12th December, 11-4, Sackville Street Building Room F41, University of Manchester
New students will receive more information on each of the streams in the student handbook (or visit the website of Methods North West, which organises MethodsX) and will be invited to indicate their stream preference very shortly. Continuing students who signed up to one of the streams last year will receive an email soon about how they can get involved. In the meantime, please put the meeting date for your preferred stream in your diary now – and please hold the date for the 2020 MethodsX Conference: Friday 15th May at Keele University.

Link to Methods North West 

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