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                                         December 2020 

Please scroll down for upcoming training events, funding opportunities and NWSSDTP student blogs!
Seasons Greetings from the NWSSDTP team 

Student Photo of the Month

'Christmas shops that opened up straight after Halloween all over Aalborg' by Joanna Morley, Language Based Area Studies, University of Liverpool, 2017 Cohort

Training Opportunities

Collaboration Labs 2021: Associate Research Consultants job and training opportunity
Open call: Fully-funded research consultancy job opportunities and training for Humanities & Social Sciences doc/ post-doc researchers to collaborate with external partners and tackle business challenges.

Deadline: 13 January 2021: 11.59pm
ESRC funded Collaboration Labs is an innovative programme to support research consultancy opportunities, professional training and bespoke coaching for postgraduate and early career researchers interested in co-designing collaborative projects with non-University partners.
Researchers will receive professional training and bespoke coaching to engage directly with business and industry stakeholders and work part time as Research Consultants. They will develop consultancy skills and use their PhD to achieve impact outside academia. They will gain a greater insight into the challenges facing business, organisations and practitioners in their field while extending their professional networks and building a Research Consultant profile.
Find further details on the programme & guidance on how to apply here:
If you have any queries, please get in touch with us:

Event by Links@Keele, Statistics in Social Sciences 

Title: Accessing and Navigating UK Data Service 
When: 9th Dec 2020, 2.00 – 3.30 pm
Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Leach, Keele University 

This session will provide a live demonstration of accessing data from the UK Data Service and set out some of the initial considerations for students wishing to explore secondary data analysis. We will examine the basic practicalities of finding and accessing data, along with first steps in identifying suitable variables for analysis, exploring the dataset and documentation to establish whether cleaning, weighting and transforming are necessary, and identifying self-learning materials for students wishing to take this further. This session is NOT going to involve substantial analysis of the data and is intended primarily for those with basic statistical analysis experience who wish to understand the datasets/resources available for future work.

To register, please go to this link - The link to the session (MS Teams)  will be provided upon registration. 


Virtual learning experience: 1 to 30 December 2020

At Liverpool Fashion Summit, we are really excited to share the following virtual learning experience with you on behalf of our friends at the Conscious Fashion Campaign and the United Nations Office for Partnership. For the month of December, students have exclusive access to this digital space to learn about the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The virtual conference is highly intuitive and is filled with information and resources about how we can progress to a more sustainable future.

Enter and register now!

Further details 
Details of sessions 



Melanie Nind, Robert Meckin and Andy Coverdale have been working on the ‘Changing Research Practice: Undertaking social science research in the context of Covid-19’ project and you can see a growing list of resources on their website. They would like to invite you to register for two upcoming webinars aimed at sharing evidence with social researchers grappling with methodological adaptations needed in response to Covid-19 conditions:
Social Research Methods Suited or Adapted to Covid-19 Times - 28 January 2021.
This first webinar focuses on adapting or selecting particular methods: interviews, surveys, participatory, sensory, creative and ethnographic methods.
Emerging Issues in Changing Research Practices for Covid-19 Times - 11 February 2021.
The second webinar focuses on what is methodologically at stake in Covid-19 and issues being discussed and resolved by the research community.

NVivo training sessions

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Highlights from CLOSER's Twitter feed.

Data Mining Convict Tattoos, 1785-1925

On 24 November, Dr. Zoe Alker, University of Liverpool presented the findings of her recent research on Data Mining Convict Tattoos, 1785-1925 for the Institute of Historical Research's Digital History seminar series. The talk was recorded and can be viewed here.

The project was a collaboration between Dr. Alker, Prof. Robert Shoemaker and the Digital Humanities Institute at Sheffield, and funded by JISC and the British Academy. The project uses digital humanities techniques and data visualisations to understand the complex nature of tattooing in Victorian Britain using over 60,000 records collated through the Digital Panopticon project, led by Barry Godfrey and hosted in the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology. 

British Library Webinars for doctoral students

In early 2021 the British Library will be offering all first-year PhD students the opportunity to join a programme of free online webinars, in which expert staff will explain the practicalities of using the Library and its services, with increased focus on the digital collections and resources.

The webinars will take place every Wednesday afternoon between 14 January and 3 March 2021. The complete programme, and links to register, can be found here.

British Library PhD Placement Scheme - Applications now open

Current PhD students are invited to apply to the British Library PhD Placement Scheme. Placement projects are offered from a variety of areas across the Library for 3 months or part-time equivalent, to be undertaken from May 2021 onwards (unless indicated otherwise). Some projects are suitable for partial or full remote working.

A list of all available placement projects and full details of how to apply are available on our website here:

Deadline: 5 pm on Friday 18 December 2020


Student in Focus
Liam Markey, Criminology, Social Policy and Social Work, University of Liverpool, 2018 Cohort

Last posts - Musing on Militarism, Commemoration and the First World War

Over the last 12 months or so I have been digitising the small diary, as well as researching the lives of the Cheshire men that feature in its pages and posting the finished pieces on my blog. With the digitisation process now complete I have over 35 diary entries online; 26 of which are either obituaries or profiles of men who served in the First World War, along with a variety of letters, poems and opinion pieces concerning the experiences of the Cheshire Regiment on the Western Front and in the Middle East. Read Liam's blog here.


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 (  

Your student Representatives are: 
See profiles and contact details here
Recent Events 

Naomi Adam - Impact Full | Joint AHRC/ ESRC DTP Impact Event

As part of the inaugural five-day ‘NWSSDTP Week’ running from 23 to 27 November 2020, postgraduate researchers from both the AHRC and ESRC cohorts were offered the opportunity to attend a dedicated DTP ‘Impact Event.’ Harnessing the power of Zoom, proceedings took place entirely online, as over the course of a full-packed, four-hour interactive programme participants considered the concept of research impact, and exactly how it could be incorporated into their own future project plans. Read Naomi's blog post here


Emma Thornton - My experience of an online training course during lockdown

One of the perks of being an NWSSDTP funded student is the Research Support Training Grant and the allowance for training courses that this provides. This has meant I have been able to attend a number of Royal Statistical Society courses to provide me with skills needed to complete my PhD as this involves analysis of large secondary datasets. One of the most recent courses I have attended was “Automated Reports in R” This was a one-day introduction to using Rmarkdown to write reports in a reproducible way and featured a straight forward way to embed figures into written reports. Read Joanna's blog here


British Library: Faint Signals

Set in an imagined Yorkshire forest, we invite you to explore a vast online interactive experience rooted in real life natural environments.
See here for full details


vitae have lots of useful resources relating to wellbeing and mental health to draw on. See here for details
Additional Funding Competitions 


NWSSDTP Overseas Institutional Visit to Aalborg, Denmark

I would definitely recommend doing an OIV to other students, it is a great opportunity to develop PhD research skills and subject knowledge, and to share your research and get feedback in another academic setting. From the supervision and feedback I received, and in discussion with my supervisor at Liverpool, I was able to formulate the beginnings of a methodology, philosophical framework and a theory chapter. Read more about Joanna Morley's OIV here

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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