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                                         February 2021  

Please scroll down for upcoming training events, funding opportunities and NWSSDTP student blogs!  
Photo of the Month
Matt Hanley, Development and Humanitarianism in an Unequal World, Lancaster University (2019 Cohort)

Training and Opportunities

Intellectual Party /Summer Conference 2021

Dates: 5th -7th July 2021; 2.00-6.00 pm each day, held online (deadline for abstracts 22nd March)

Lancaster University’s postgraduate social science community would like to invite PhD and MA students to an Intellectual Party/Summer Conference.This event is a brilliant opportunity to meet research students from around the world, present your work in a friendly and encouraging environment, and engage with some of Lancaster’s fantastic academic staff. You can apply to talk about research on any topic in an open session or in one of the themed sessions. This year’s themes are:
  • Things DIGITAL – any aspect of the digital world
  • Things POLICY – any aspect of policy, governance, political process and law
  • SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY– any aspect of research on science and technology
  • PRACTICES of all kinds – organizational, health/care-related, environmental, anything.
  • OPEN SESSIONS – you can submit an abstract on absolutely any topic you want.
For full details and how to submit your 250-word abstract see here.

Careers outside academia: expectations, skills & preparation

Date: 13th April 2021

This online workshop will highlight a number of different careers and provide resources for participants to explore in their own time. We will include overviews of a variety of different roles and case studies of researchers who have moved into non-academic careers. Careers outside academia: expectations, skills & preparation (

Attracting funding: writing & applying for postdoctoral fellowships

Date:26th May 2021
At the end of this course participants will have:
  • been introduced to the funding application process;
  • an understanding of what steps are involved, time frames, what a fellowship involves, international options, how to apply, the different types of fellowships available;
  • planned out a project and application strategy using the unique Electv® funding planning tool.
Attracting funding: writing & applying for postdoctoral fellowships (

Embodied Geographies Reading Group

Are you interested in Embodied Geographies? Do you want take part in community-led discussions which explore bodily boundaries, the senses and embodied methodologies? Please join us on Tuesday of 16th February 16:00-17:00 (GMT) for our first Embodied Geographies Reading group of 2021.
As first-year Postgraduate Researchers in Human Geography, we (Poppy and Olivia) want to create a social, participatory, and imaginative space to talk all things Embodied Geographies. The reading group is open to all (students and staff!) across the NWSSDTP, and beyond. 
The first reading group discussion focuses on Vallee’s (2020) paper: Doing nothing does something: Embodiment and data in the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be asking the group for suggestions of future papers and areas of discussion each week, so come along and share your areas of interest. 
If you would like to join the reading group, or if you have any questions please contact either of us on Twitter: @budworthpoppy / @livAfletcher, or via email: / We will respond to you as soon as possible, and provide you with the Zoom link and PDF.

Methods North West sessions

Methods North West is offering another series of methodological sessions delivered by experts in their fields.
Please find details of all upcoming sessions here.


Online Research Pathways for Early-Career Criminologists & Sociologists

Date: 25 February 2021: 12:00 – 14:00
The University of Glasgow and the University of Hong Kong invites you to this lunchtime event is specifically aimed at Sociology and Criminology ECRs and PhDs, to address challenges and opportunities for online research in the digital age and during the current global pandemic. For full details and registration .


Summer institute in computational social science (SICSS)

Dates: 14-25 June 2021
The University of Oxford invites applications for its summer institute in computational social science (SICSS). This supports postgraduate students and early-career researchers in participating in two weeks of virtual workshops, seminars and group-based research projects focused on computational social science.For further details .


British Library

Explore Archives and manuscripts 

Use the Archives and Manuscripts catalogue to find and order from the Library’s unique collection items including:

  • Manuscripts and unpublished documents
  • Personal papers, correspondence and diaries
  • Family and estate papers
  • India Office Records and Private Papers
  • India Office Prints, Drawings and Paintings
  • Photographs

UK Data Service 

Uk Data Service has a number of webinars available including : 
Safe Researcher Training, #IdentityInData: Who Counts?, and Using Crime Data in R.
For full details and training events 


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.


This is the third episode of an NCRM “In Conversation” series that focuses upon the emerging field of material methods. Natasa Lackovic is in conversation with Leonie Hannan. Find out more and watch the video

Visual Methods in Lockdown: Autoethnographic Photography - Online
 24 - 25 March 2021
Movement restrictions and regional/national lockdowns have meant that some forms of research are now much harder to do than others. While many qualitative methods like interviews and surveys translate quite easily to an online environment, others like photography and observation are more difficult to do. In this workshop, we will consider how photography as a visual autoethnographic method can be used by researchers looking to document and narrate their experiences during periods of lockdown. Register here 

See Methods News here
NCRM Training Database 

NCRM Resources

Methods Lab 

Methods Labs is an experimental research collective building a laboratory to stimulate creative sociological debate.

Methods Lab website 
Methods Lab resources 


Part 1: Understanding the pandemic - surveying the population during lockdown.

See here for the first in a 3-part blog series by CLOSER Partner Study, Understanding Society, exploring their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Part two here
See here for closer highlights

House of Lords Science and Technology Committee: Ageing: Science, Technology and Healthy Living
A new report from the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee finds that the Government’s Ageing Society Grand Challenge is not on track to achieve this target and a lack of progress towards reducing health inequalities, concluding that urgent action is needed to increase healthy life expectancy and reduce health inequalities in old age. For further details see here.
Children's Book Illustrators Competition 2021

Liverpool Fashion Summit and Freedom Row are collaborating on a children's book to raise awareness of modern slavery. By approaching younger generations, we seek to use pester power to promote ethical consumption. As such, we have written a book to provide parents, teachers and kids a resource to learn more about modern slavery, in an impactful, positive, and child-centred way. We are now looking for an illustrator to bring our book to life!
For full details see here

Student in Focus
Susie Johns, Economic and Social History, Keele University, (2021 cohort) 

How did we tell the time without clocks and calendars?  Researching references to time in the courts of the past.
I am writing this article in the 68th year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, five months since the annual Statutes Fair came to the market town where I live, five days after the last full moon.  I started writing a little after daybreak and expect to be writing for the time it would take five sermons to be given in my town’s church on Christmas Eve...These references to time are just some of the authentic methods used by people in the past when recalling incidents as witnesses for the Consistory Courts.  National events, the monarchy, local customs, natural phenomenon, and ecclesiastical proceedings all appear in the archives alongside more familiar units of time and named months and days. Read Susie's full blog here 

Student Representatives

Meeting on the 25th February 2021, 10:00- taking place on teams (for access, email:
This meeting will introduce ESRC students to the student reps and offer chance to discuss views about online informal and formal events.
Bring any ideas you may have about how you would like these representative organised sessions to run!

If you haven't completed the student survey please see the link here 

"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 (  

Your student Representatives profiles and contact details  can be found  here

Recent Events 
Qualitative Research Symposium Workshops 2021

Olivia Fletcher, Geography and Environment, University of Liverpool, 2020 Cohort

On the 27th of January, I attended the workshop on Digital Methods as part of the Qualitative Research Symposium organised by the Centre for Qualitative Research at the University of Bath. The workshop focused on ways to access the sensory, affective, inter-relational and mundane aspects of a research participant’s experience, offering examples of how technologies (such as GPS and film) can be used to gain embodied data to access non-verbal experiences. Read more about this workshop here.


Starting an MA at Lancaster University - Pandemic Edition

There was a brief few weeks where socialising wasn’t illegal, and I managed to introduce myself to the postgraduate history community. I was eager to learn about everyone’s background and research interests, and they were as intrigued about my own. There were quizzes, introductory seminars and regular PG meetings to join, all through Microsoft Teams of course. Even though we couldn’t always be physically together, we made the most of what technology allowed. Read Charlotte Evans' blog here.

Additional Funding Competitions 


Internship: Eleonore Perrin, Development and Humanitarianism in an Unequal World, University of Liverpool, 2017 Cohort 

In my third year, right at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, I did a six-month internship (for the most part remotely) with a Co-operative Development organisation based in Belfast. I produced policy-briefs, building the case for co-operatives’ contribution in fostering a more sustainable and inclusive economy; and helped raise the profile of co-operatives through webinars and meetings with public servants, councillors, etc. Read Eleonore's blog here


Internship: Andrew McKendrick, Economics, Lancaster University, 2017 Cohort

'For those thinking of an internship in future, or those wondering if one would be valuable, I would say – do it!'
In September 2020 I started an internship at the Department for Education (DfE). It is in London. I was in Lancaster. Such is the deal with an internship taking place in a major public health situation – interning from home. Read Andrew's full blog here.

The next deadline for all NWSSDTP Additional Funding Competitions is Friday 4th June 2021 (suggested deadline for trips taking place September – December 2021)

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