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                                              August 2022

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

Photo of the Month
'Summer morning in Sefton Park, Liverpool' by Professor Georgina Enfield, APVC Research and Impact, University of Liverpool        

Training and Opportunities

NCRM training 


NCRM Introduction of SQL course

Dates: 20th and 21st September 

The course will take place in person at the University of Manchester Room: G30/31 Arthur Lewis Building, building 36 on this interactive map.
The link to information about the course and the booking page is:
To book, you will need the password: drcnmr


You can also view all their courses on the NCRM website 

British Council: Call for essays: Cultural Relations and Peacebuilding


This is a call to researchers at UK universities to partner with us to propose essays for our Cultural Relations Collection – with the chance to win four essay prizes of £1,000 each, reach a broad public audience and engage stakeholders beyond the academic research community.

The umbrella theme for this edition of the Cultural Relations Collection is ‘Cultural relations and peacebuilding’.

Essay proposals should address this theme in a way that relates to the work of the British Council. We work across arts and culture, education and English Language sectors. Our cross-cutting work of strategic significance includes but is not limited to international development, soft power, digital transformation, climate change and migration.

The deadline for essay proposals is 23.59 BST on Monday 19 September 2022. 
For further details see here

UKRI Media Relations Toolkit

This guidance deals with all aspects of media relations from handling a press enquiry and placing features to organising media focused events.

It covers both reactive and proactive media relations and includes practical tips on building relationships with journalists, including the national, regional and specialist press and the broadcast media. See here for full details.


UK Parliament


Parliament for PhD students: how to engage with the UK Parliament

This training session explores how to engage with the UK Parliament focussing on practical information and advice, with tips on what parliamentary engagement you could do with your limited time and how to be confident in your own expertise. 



Researchers can now search and explore new data in CLOSER Discovery – the UK’s most detailed search engine for longitudinal population studies – with the addition of over 12,000 new variables. For full details see here.

See weekly highlights from CLOSER here


Students in Focus

Hannah Sawyer, Psychology, University of Liverpool (2018 cohort).


I am currently sitting here writing this blog from my new (temporary) home at Purdue University, Indiana. I am almost halfway through my overseas fieldwork visit and what an experience it has been so far! I am not going to lie, leaving my family at the airport and travelling to Indiana by myself was not easy. Although I may be used to living 200 miles away from home, 4000 miles is a completely different story, and let’s just say my sense of direction is not the best! So, the thought of having to make my way to a new university by myself was terrifying. However, I made it, and I am having a great time (the constant sunshine and less of the Liverpool rain may also be contributing to that). Read Hannah's blog here.

Additional Funding Competitions 

My OIV to Iceland


Kenneth Rushworth, Politics, University of Manchester (2018 Cohort)

Between the months of May-July I took part in an overseas institutional visit (OIV) to the University of Iceland (Háskóli Íslands). My area of research is Electoral Registration, and the crux of my visit was to compare the differences between the British and Icelandic registration models. Read Kenn's full blog here.

The next deadline for all NWSSDTP Additional Funding Competitions is Friday 4th November 2022 (suggested deadline for activity taking place January – April 2023)

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