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                                         August 2020 

Please scroll down for upcoming training events, funding opportunities and NWSSDTP student blogs!

Photograph: Cara Williams 

                    NWSSDTP Student Photo of the Month

Training Opportunities
Parliament: Online training for researchers  

We offer free online training events for academic researchers and knowledge mobilisers.  These focused, practical webinars are 45 minutes long, and give an insight into how to use research to engage with Parliament.  There are webinars available for researchers at different career stages, as well as knowledge mobilisers (those working in roles focused on sharing research from their institution with other sectors).

For further details 


Will Medd: Autumn Write Club

It's such a strange time for everyone and we're aware of the challenges being faced by all of you in University settings too. We want to let you know we're continuing to run our WriteClub - we had a full house this Summer and are now enrolling for the Autumn. Our feeling is WriteClub is providing people with an anchor of continuity in these tricky times. Our approach is about much more than writing, it's also about you as a person -  it's about productive writing in balance with the rest of life and who you are.  For more information have a look at where we're also building up resources to support you and your writing.  We'll also be announcing some further events - if you want to get news of those please sign up to the newsletter (or ask me to and I'll sign you up!).

Liverpool Fashion Summit: online 

Dates: 9 - 11 September 2020

The Liverpool Fashion Summit is the first student-led event that aims at bringing together the brightest minds to tackle the biggest issues in one of the world's most polluting industries. We will provide a platform for businesses, consumers and academics to debate and discuss industry trends and best practice, raise awareness of the key barriers to change, and look to ourselves to explore the part we can all play.
We will be discussing sustainability, circular economy and modern slavery and we will also host upcyling workshops for anyone that is interested. Plus, we are running a competition, The Sustainable Fund, that will award two initiatives that promote sustainability in the region. First, a student-led project that promotes sustainable consumption and behaviour in the community. Second, an initiative led by a local business to move towards a more sustainable business model. Each of them will receive £500. See also attached the details of The Sustainable Fund.
For more information visit our website:


Documents as Data - online 

Date: 13th October 2020
This course will explain when and why to use documents as data for research, and show you how to gather and analyse documentary data.
For further details and registration 

Calls-Hub: Census Administrative data Longitudinal Studies Hub

Here you can find out more information about the ONS Longitudinal Study, Northern Ireland Longitudinal Study and Scottish Longitudinal Study and their support units CeLSIUSNILS-RSUSLS-DSU

Women's Budget Group Survey: Impact of the Covid-19 pandemic upon Early Career Researchers.
We're looking to highlight the experiences that those at the start of their academic careers have faced as the COVID-19 pandemic has collided with a sector already marked by increasing precarity and uncertainty. To take part in the survey click here 
If you are interested in having your experiences amplified you can take part in a qualitative interview which is likely to last 30-40 minutes and will offer an opportunity for women in academia to anonymously and confidentially speak up about the impact that COVID-19. To take part email

The survey will run until late August.

Students in Focus

Lee Wainwright, Business & Management, University of Liverpool, (2019 Cohort)

"Every Twitter account or YouTube channel I accessed to find answers to questions about ‘what is a PhD like day to day’, or ‘what’s the PhD application process’, all were answered by people who didn’t look or sound like me.  It was then I formed the idea of putting Academiclee together on YouTube.  To slowly build up video content of a scouser talking about doing a PhD, and mostly trying to demystify the whole social sciences post grad world". Read more about the development and story behind Lee's YouTube video here.

Watch Academiclee Literature Review Video here 


Evanthia Koukouli, Social Statistics, Lancaster University ( 2018 Cohort)

"Even though my productivity reduced during the last months, the lack of concentration made me more motivated to do quality work during the few hours I was working. I became more organized since online meetings were a real challenge to me due to the nature of my PhD-it is very difficult to discuss statistics without a whiteboard or pen and a piece of paper. I also learned how to keep my mind clear and when to stop forcing me to work when it was impossible". Read Evanthia's blog here.
Recent Events 

Will Medd Online: Summer Writing Workshop
Will Medd ran an online Write Here, Right Now Retreat on the 21st July for NWSSDTP-funded students. This day-long session offered a uniquely formatted writing retreat, bringing together the traditional space of such a writing retreat with the provocation of live coaching experiments, to enhance and sustain an effective writing experience. The retreat provided a powerful format to get writing done, harnessing the collective energy of the group, while the live coaching invited greater awareness of how to shape the writing experience. To read feedback from the session see here
Additional Funding Competitions 

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

Methods North West

Please note that new sessions have now been added 

Methods North West will be running a series of short online Methods Sessions between July – December 2020, delivered by experts in their fields. Details and booking links can be found here: New sessions are still being added, so do keep checking back! The next five sessions are:
  • Researching Film Online – Katherine Whitehurst, University of Liverpool
  • Participatory action research during and after C19 – Louise Hardwick, Kim Ozano, Kerry Traynor and Andy Davies, University of Liverpool 
  • Qualitative Diary Methods – Laura Radcliffe & Leighann Spencer, University of Liverpool
  • Writing Methods Beyond the Academy – Ronnie Hughes, University of Liverpool
  • “Being there”: Rethinking fieldwork in the time of Covid – Evi Girling, Keele University
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