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                                     15th November 2019
Training Opportunities 

Resilience and the PhD with Will Medd

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 

Methods North West Collaborative Innovation Grants

Deadline: Thursday 5th December 2019
Staff and postgraduate researchers from the four partner institutions are invited to submit proposals for up to £2000 to cover all or part of the costs of events and activities that will support cutting-edge developments in research methods across the North West. Projects must include participants from at least two of the four institutions and should be genuinely collaborative, persuasively innovative, and meaningfully inclusive of PGR students.

Application form
Guidance Notes
‘Northern Fusion’ Event Funding

Deadline: Friday 13th December 2019.
This scheme is open to all postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers who are currently funded by the ESRC NWSSDTP, the WRDTP, NINEDTP or the N8 partnership. Funding of up to £3,500 per application is available to fund events in the following broadly defined areas, in which synergies of interest exist between ESRC DTPs and N8 researchers: Business, Management and Innovation; Policing and Society; Geography and Urban Living.   
Further details and application form:
Pause with Purpose with Will Medd

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 
LSE History Graduate Conference 
Transnational Disruptions: Decline, Renewal, or Change?
The erosion of the post-Cold War liberal international order

Date: 19th March 2020 deadline for panel proposals 20th December 2019
Venue: LSE, FAW 9.04

The LSE History Graduate Conference 2020 invites students and academics to engage with questions concerning historical moments and processes of disruption, including, but not limited to:
  1. Has the consensus of the liberal international order ever been truly global?
  2. To what extent do narratives and/or the social and political memory of disruption presage disruptions?
  3. What do the histories of social movements tell us?
  4. Where is the place of national boundaries in historical disruption?
  5. To what extent is it possible to quantify the impact of disruptions?
  6. What parallels can be drawn between disruptions rooted in their different spatial contexts?
Please send your individual and/or panel proposals (title, 300-word abstract, and CV for each applicant) by 20 December 2019 to While participation in the conference is open to all, we encourage applications from PhD candidates and ECRs.

For further details
Globalization, borders, and new geographies of inequality: A workshop with Sandro Mezzadra for PhD students and early career researchers
Date: 19th February 2020 : deadline for expressions of interest is 13 December 2019.
Venue: Lancaster University

Call for Contributions: The call is now open for contributions on the theme of the workshop, from PhD students, and early
career researchers. We are seeking short interventions (of around 5 – 7 minutes to present) drawing
on ongoing research, especially related to one or more of the following topics:

 The movements of people and things across national borders and jurisdictions;
 The policing of national borders and other forms of territorial control;
 Global crises (financial, environmental, humanitarian);
 Social movements, particularly mobilizing around the rights of workers, migrants and
 Late capitalism, empire and racialized governance;
 Nationalist politics in a global world.

For full details
Students in Focus

Liam Markey, Criminology,Social Policy & Social Work, University of Liverpool, 2018 Cohort

My first year as a researcher at the University of Liverpool has flown by, and I’m finding it hard to believe that I am now technically in the second year of my PhD. My research project, Mediating Militarism: Chronicling 100 Years of ‘Military Victimhood’ from Print to Digital 1918-2018, is a CASE project, which means I split my time between collaborative academic partners; in this instance the University of Liverpool and the British Library. The project looks at militarism and its role in the commemoration of the British war dead since 1918 up until the present day, and utilises the vast materials on offer at the British Library, notably the UK Web Archive’s First World War Centenary collection. Read more about Liam's experiences as a CASE student here.
Jack Benton, Health and Wellbeing, University of Manchester, 2017 Cohort 

As is probably the case for many PhD researchers, I often have to explain to friends, family and strangers what my PhD involves. Now this never goes as smoothly as it should do!
My research is looking at the impact of urban green spaces on physical activity and other behaviours important for our wellbeing, such as social interactions. Essentially, I’m trying to produce stronger evidence of the wellbeing impacts of urban green spaces, which will better inform policy makers and practitioners who are responsible for planning and designing green spaces in our cities and towns. Read more about Jack's research here.
Recent Events

'Identity, Values, and Elections Across Europe'

‘Identity, Values, and Elections across Europe’ was a NWSSDTP funded one day interdisciplinary conference aimed at early career researchers (ECRs), co-produced by the Democracy & Elections (D&E) and Comparative Public Policy & Institutions (CPPI) research clusters at the University of Manchester. It was co-organised by James Griffiths and Louise Wylie (Politics) of the University of Manchester and took place on Friday 27th September. See here to read more about this event and for tips on delivering your own event.
WriteHere, RightNow with Will Medd

WriteHere, RightNow with Will Medd held on the 5th of November at the University of Liverpool offered a unique format bringing together the space of a writing retreat with the provocation of live coaching enhancing an effective writing experience.( Please see details of Will's forthcoming workshops 'Resilience and the PhD' and 'Pause with Purpose' above)

'Do you often struggle to get into the writing mood? Do you find yourself relentlessly checking your phone or making a cup of tea to avoid sitting down and starting that dreaded chapter that you know you need to write? Do you struggle with your thoughts or ‘flies’ buzzing in your mind and preventing you from getting the job done'? Well, me too. So I decided to attend this workshop day ‘write here right now’ with life coach Will Medd, in the hope of coming away with new ideas on how to approach my writing. I used to think that I needed to spend a full day writing and that once I was in the ‘writing zone’ I couldn’t stop until I had finished, in case I couldn’t get back into the zone. However, Will provided lots of helpful tips and exercises to help you ‘get into the writing zone’ and, I have now realised that it is far more beneficial and productive to spend a couple of hours every day writing, followed by a complete screen detox. From helpful tips on how to tackle those horrible imposter and perfectionism gremlins, to tips on the state of mind you would like to be in when you write, this one day workshop has completely changed the way I think about and approach my time spent writing'.
Emma Thornton, Psychology, University of Liverpool, 2017 Cohort
'We have just finished a great workshop. We started by feeling the writing and feeling the uncomfortable of writing and we managed to finish being able to focus and to name our concerns and set them aside. I found out that we are all in the same boat (funnily we were all women in the workshop). It was great to feel that we have similar but different worries, and that we can support each other in the way to get something written (PhD chapter or how writing make us feel) by sitting all together in the same room in silence. It was so helpful to listen to other students at different stages of their research. Maybe those are not my concerns now, but they might become when I get to that point'. 
Julia Marcet Alonso, Business and Management, University of Liverpool, 2019 Cohort
Additional Funding Opportunities

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, and the first stream meetings for the new academic year are in early December:

  • Quantitative Methods: TBC
  • New Forms of Data/Digital Methods: TBC
  • Ethnography: TBC
  • 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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