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                                           January 2020
Training Opportunities 
Social data science courses in collaboration with methods@manchester

The Cathie Marsh Institute is running a week of social data science courses in collaboration with methods@manchester. These courses have been designed as an introduction to some of the leading free and open-source software in this exciting new field. Please see attached link for details of the following training sessions:
  • Introduction to Python 24th February 2020
  • Introduction to SQL 25th February 2020
  • Introduction to QGIS 26th February 2020
  • Machine Learning with Python  27th February 2020
  • Social Media Data Analysis 28th February 20202
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PhD Winter Write Club
Productive PhD writing in balance with the rest of life

Whatever stage you are at in your PhD, Write Club will help you create a balanced, productive and
satisfying approach to writing. Too often is time lost through realising you have too much to do, that
you’ve set unrealistic goals, you’ve not the space you thought you had, you’ve lost confidence in what
you’re trying to do, or you’re just too tired! It doesn’t have to be this way.
Write Club involves a combination of group coaching, peer-working and individual support that
creates encouragement, challenge and accountability in ways that help you get your writing done and
develop effective writing practices you can sustain in balance with the rest of life.

For further details/times/venues


POST’s Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme: Directed Call 
Applications are now open for the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme: Directed Call.
Following the success of POST’s Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme pilot, POST’s Knowledge Exchange Unit (KEU) has reopened the scheme. The KEU is now seeking applications for 14 projects, which have been proposed by offices across the UK Parliament. Host offices include POST; the House of Commons Library; select committees; Participation; and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, UK Branch. Projects include supporting select committees and Library teams, providing Parliament with accessible research evidence, and helping parliamentary teams to understand and improve their work and processes. More information is in the attached project summaries document.

Call for Papers for Design and Undertaking Participatory Research: Practical Issues, Successes and Challenges

Date: Tuesday, 7th April 2020 (Call for Papers deadline Friday 31st January 2020)
Venue: Sheffield Hallam University 

This one-day workshop will bring together researchers doing social research, working with or interested in participatory research approaches. The event will include: presentations with Q&A; lunch and refreshments (included); and a round table discussion to network and share ideas.
Call for Papers: You are invited to submit an abstract (max 200 words) for a 15-minute presentation on your research. Presentations are sought on the following themes:
  • Designing participatory research. 
  • Different methodological approaches to participatory research and innovative methods.
  • Experiences of using participatory research methods, and the successes and challenges of doing so. 
  • Facilitating participation and co-productive working at different stages of the research process (e.g. recruitment, analysis or dissemination etc). 
  • The practicalities of doing participatory research and reflexive thoughts.
  • Participatory research and ethical considerations.
  • Participatory research, politics and activism. 
  • Negotiating participatory research within academic frameworks (e.g. A PhD, gaining ethical approval, publishing etc)
  • Developing research grants for participatory research.
Please submit abstracts by: Friday 31st January 2020. Bursaries of up to £50 are available to cover travel expenses for presenters. 
To book
Further information

Recent Events 

Resilience and the PhD with Will Medd

This one-day, experiential workshop created an opportunity for students to step back and align their  PhD to what really matters and find the confidence to make it work. See here for reflections from two students Joe Pearson and Oliver Kennedy who attended the workshop.


Additional Funding Opportunities
Overseas Institutional Visit, Hang Liu, Social Statistics, Lancaster University

'I found the OIV extremely helpful for both my PhD research and future career'. Hang visited the  Research Centre for Statistics, University of Geneva in December 2019. Read here about Hang's visit.

Internship, Andrea Lisette Aparicio Castro, Social Statistics, University of Manchester

'The experience with CELADE provided an invaluable example of good practice that we will be used at Manchester to inform our developing model for international internships'.Read here about Andrea's visit to Latin American and Caribbean Demographic Centre 
Additional Funding Competitions 

The next deadline for all NWSSDTP Additional Funding Competitions is 7th February 2020.

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

  • Quantitative Methods: Tuesday 21st January 2020, 09.30-13.30 (to include lunch), School of Arts Library, University of Liverpool (19 Abercromby Square) 
  • New Forms of Data/Digital Methods: Tuesday 21st January 2020, 12.30-16.30 (to include lunch), School of Arts Library, University of Liverpool (19 Abercromby Square)
  • Ethnography: Friday 31st January 2020, 11.00 – 15.00 (to include lunch), University Place 5.206, University of Manchester
  • Interview-based Qualitative Research: This took place on Tuesday 10th December 
  • Archives, Collections and Documents of Life: This took place on Thursday 12th December
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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