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NWSSDTP Newsletter 
                                         January 2021  

 
Please scroll down for upcoming training events, funding opportunities and NWSSDTP student blogs!  
                    
Photo of the Month
 

                                                                                             Julie McColl

Training Opportunities
 

'Being A Leader: The Foundation'
Dates and times: 19, 26 February,  5,12, 19 March; 9 -11 o'clock

As academics increasingly begin to embrace the role of ‘intellectual leaders’ the training programme 'Being a Leader and the Effective Exercise of Leadership' (see: https://beingaleader.org/) has recently become popular with students at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) and at other universities around the world. The Course uses a unique methodology, which provides essential training for anyone interested in developing their ability to shape the course of their own lives, including those in a leadership position and those who aspire to lead.
The Faculty of Humanities at the University of Manchester in association with the NWSSDTP and the NWCDTP is offering, a stand-alone component of the course.
For more information see here
To Register



Research with Impact forum

Hosted by Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, Professor Keith Jones, this webinar series will cover topics that will be of interest to you as a researcher: whether you are a PhD student new to research, an Early Career Researcher writing your first grant proposal or a more experienced researcher wanting to broaden your knowledge. 
For further information and registration

British Library

Read the British Library's current newsletter here
 

UKRI 

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is calling on postdoctoral researchers, research associates and other early career researchers to join its new Early Career Researcher Forum. The forum will give researchers a voice in UKRI’s strategy, policy development and decision making. For full details see here.


NCRM 


 
NCRM has launched a new portal. The new Methods News section encourages contributions (short news articles or longer blog articles) and accepts contributions from postgraduate students.
Please find an up-to-date list of NCRM courses below which includes:

Radical research ethics, 26 – 27 January with Dr. Helen Kara

Using UK data portals to find and evaluate data for social science research, 27 January with Professor Scott Orford, Sam Jones and Katie Dickinson

Introduction to spatial data and using R as a GIS, 2 – 5 February with Dr. Nick Bearman

Analysing complex surveys, 18 – 19 February with Dr. Roxanne Connelly


 
Researchers with disabilities and UK Parliament

Join the UK Parliament’s Knowledge Exchange Unit to;
Three discussion group sessions are taking place on the 18th, 23rd and 24th February 2021. At a session, you can:
  • share your lived experience of engaging with the UK Parliament and the policy sector, and the barriers you have faced in contributing expertise to the UK Parliament
  • contribute ideas on how you think UK Parliament can strengthen its support for the community of disabled researchers.
 Find out more and apply to join a session here.
 

2020 ESRC DTP Annual Lecture (available until the end of February 2021) - University of Cambridge
 
"Politics is nothing else but medicine write large": Ideology, impartiality and research.
2020 Cambridge ESRC DTP Annual Lecture delivered online by Professor Kate E Pickett, Professor of Epidemiology, University of York and a co-founder and trustee of The Equality Trust

Please see the link here 

 


closer: Events and Training 
 

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

Read Professor Rebecca Hardy's 
'The COVID-19 pandemic: A life course perspective' blog here

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A blog from a Postdoctoral Fellow 

Andrew Moretta, Postdoctoral Fellow, Socio-Legal StudiesUniversity of Liverpool  
 
'Given time any problems relating to research and writing can be solved'
 
I am not an expert on writing or on research techniques. However, the lessons learned during the very intensive work I undertook during the past decade and my experiences of collaborating with bona fide experts has left me with some firm opinions on what is best practice. Having been asked to contribute to the NWSSDTP newsletter I thought that these opinions may be of value to students or to anyone else engaged in writing a substantial piece of work to a deadline. See here to read Andrew's blog.

Student Representatives

"Join our NWSSDTP student platform on MS Teams! We're creating a space for all NWSSDTP students on MS Teams where we can easily connect and keep in touch. This platform will be used to help us informally get to know each other (including those in your relevant pathways), communicate and run different student events. We'll send round an email soon with details of how you can join our MS Teams group". To join please email (Y.Oezcelik@liverpool.ac.uk)  

Your student Representatives are: 

See profiles and contact details here
Recent Events 

Missing Data Course
 
The research I am involved in aims to understand how social factors and obesity interact to influence the development and outcomes of arthritis in the UK. I am using data from The English Longitudinal Study of Aging, Understanding Society and the Norfolk Arthritis Register, three ongoing longitudinal observational datasets.This two-day online course that was organized by The Centre for Applied Statistics Courses (CASC) at University College London (UCL) on 7 and 8 December 2020, provided me with more background information for my section on How to Handle Missing Data. Read Rozemarijn Witkam blog about attending the Missing Data course here
 

How to engage your entrepreneurship and communication skills
 


In December, Olly Kennedy and Julia Marcet-Alonso (founders of Liverpool Fashion Summit) facilitated the workshop ‘How to engage your entrepreneurship and communication skills’. With a PowerPoint-free approach, we shared our experience creating and developing a student-led initiative, while navigating the different areas and stages of the project. Our goal from the very beginning was to co-create a playbook together with the attendees so that everyone felt they could make their ideas happen. We wrap up the session listening to the amazing ideas of the attendees, who came from all the universities within the DTP. We hope many of these ideas will soon become projects.
If you are not sure where to start or you couldn’t join the session, you can always drop us a line or join us for LFS2021 and learn by doing 😊
 
What some students said….
‘Thanks so much for today’s session.  For what it’s worth, it was the session that I’ve enjoyed the most and felt most inspired by out of all of the ‘training workshops’ I’ve attended since I started my studentship. I think as you say, that’s mostly down to your fresh approach to the session and not going through the usual script...’ (Nicola, University of Manchester)
 
‘Thank you very much for today. The session was absolutely brilliant.'


'The session was brilliant. It was engaging. It was fun. And it was informative and inspiring. It should be serialised because of the high value built into it and because of the range of ideas it covered. It would be great if there were more sessions like this.'
 

 

Wellbeing
 

PGR students: Let your voice be heard!


We are a team of PhD students from NWSSDTP, SWDTP and Wales DTP, currently conducting a confidential survey to understand the ongoing impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on PGR/PhD students across the UK. This survey will provide much-needed information to show policymakers and higher education institutions the impact the pandemic has had on a particular cohort of students already prone to mental health difficulties and precarity. 

We would very much appreciate if you would be willing to complete the survey and share it with other PGR students you know. This will enable us to garner as diverse a sample as possible and help PGR/PhD students have their voices heard. Click here to take the survey.
 



Covid Safety Awareness and Researcher Resilience 

A free self-directed downloadable course aimed specifically for researchers. The course enables researchers to help develop personal and professional confidence in living and working in these unprecedented times. The emphasis is on safety awareness, facilitating positive and preventive behaviours and identifying potential risks to help navigate day-to-day living and working environments. For full details see here. 
 

LFS and Million Stars donate over 150 face masks to local charities



Liverpool Fashion Summit, a student-led initiative promoting sustainability in fashion, has recently collaborated with Million Stars to donate face masks to those facing financial hardship in Liverpool City Region. For further detail of this fabulous initiative see here 
 
Additional Funding Competitions 

The next deadline for all NWSSDTP Additional Funding Competitions is Friday 5th February 2021 (suggested deadline for internships taking place May-August 2021) 

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