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                                              May 2022

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

Training and Opportunities
UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) POST Fellowship 2022


Closing date: 22nd May 2022
POST and the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) are offering a 13-week fellowship to UKRI funded PhD students (not in their first year) whose research is in an energy related field. There is one funded fellowship available.

The fellowship is an opportunity for students to gain real-world experience of the translation and communication of research findings to help inform decision making. The fellow will contribute to the activities of Parliament, by working with POST on an area of energy and climate change policy but outside their immediate area of expertise. For full details see here.


'China in the Social Sciences: Emerging Research from the North of England' (ChiNESS)


Date: 21st June 2022
The conference is meant as an opportunity for junior social scientists studying China in the North of England to network and create peer-to-peer contacts. The event will showcase new research by PGR students and early career scholars at the intersection between China Studies and the Social Sciences. The objective is to draw a picture of what the interdisciplinary field of China studies in our institutions will look like in the future. For further details see here.


Annual PGR Conference on the theme 'Social Movements in a Changing World- disharmony, affinity and solidarity at the intersections'


Date: 1st June 2022: 9.30-16.00
Registration has opened for the Annual PGR Conference on the theme 'Social Movements in a Changing World- disharmony, affinity and solidarity at the intersections' :


Planning and Environment Pathway Away Day 


Date: 20th May 2022 ; 11.00 - 16-00
The Planning and Environmental (P&E) Pathway in NWSSDTP is pleased to announce a forthcoming Planning PGRs Away Day on 20th May 2022 in the picturesque Ness Botanic Garden located in the Wirral Peninsula. The event is the first ever Post-COVID joint PGR event for staff and students in the P&E pathway at University of Liverpool and University of Manchester to gather, know each other better, exchange ideas and experiences around key themes interesting PGRs. We are pleased to have Professor Dave Shaw from University of Liverpool who will deliver an interactive talk in the event. All staff and PGRs from the P&E Pathway are welcome to join.

UK Data Service

In the UK Data Service's latest podcast, Vanessa Higgins explains how her training team helps researchers make the most of data that can influence government policies on big issues relating to our health, social care strategies and the economy.


See NCRM's latest newsletter here.

Methods North West

Methods North West Conference 2022
Date: 10th June 2022; 8.00 - 17.00


This the conference brings together PhDs, early career researchers, and established academics and practitioners to discuss emerging trends
and innovations in research methods.

Theme: Inequalities in research and methods

As the world emerges from the Covid 19 Pandemic, one issue of relevance to recovery is inequality. Inequality is both a topic of research and something which affects research methods and methodologies themselves. The Methods North West Conference 2022 invites participants to submit conference papers to be presented in talks of up to 20 minutes that engage broadly with the theme of inequalities and research methods.

Please submit Abstracts (no longer than 250 words) by 18/05/2022 using this form here

See further details here 
See website here

methods@manchester: Summer School: Registrations are now open

Dates: Online between 20th June and 8th July 2022:
The selection of courses cover a range of topics that are particularly relevant to postgraduate and ECR research in humanities and social sciences including software training, qualitative and quantitative analysis, data visualisation, research design and much more! The course content is based on approaches from across the various schools within The University of Manchester. For full details see here




New animation: responding to the COVID-19 pandemic


Data and evidence from CLOSER’s longitudinal population studies have provided valuable insights throughout the pandemic. Earlier this month, CLOSER unveiled a new animation showcasing the response of the longitudinal research community to COVID-19 to coincide with the launch of our newly refreshed COVID-19 Longitudinal Research HubWatch the new COVID-19 animation 

See weekly highlights here.

NIHR ARC Ageing & Frailty National Priority Programme

As part of the NIHR national priorities programme in Healthy Ageing, Dementia and Frailty, PenARC are hosting a shared learning event around ‘The value of seldom heard voices in Ageing research’. This online event is on Wednesday 15th June, 10am-12.30pm. Sign up link 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.

Students in Focus 

Siobhan O'Neill, Politics, University of Manchester (2019 Cohort)


Storytelling in the Thesis
Read Siobhan's blog here which discusses the experiences and narratives of racially minoritised students at British universities.


Anna  Sanders, Politics, University of Manchester (2016 Cohort)

It’s always good to reflect on what went well in the research process, but it’s also important to reflect on what didn’t, in order to know what to improve for next time. Read Anna's blog reflecting upon her research and setting up focus groups in Greater Manchester here.
See link to Anna's published paper: The Impact of Gendered Policies on Women’s Voting Behavior: Evidence from the 2015 British General Election: Journal of Women, Politics & Policy: Vol 0, No 0 (

Recent Events 

Social Legal Studies Association Annual Conference 6th-8th April 2022


Sofia Taha, Socio-legal Studies, Keele University (2019 Cohort) 

Every year since its foundation in 1990, the Social Legal Studies Association holds a conference which moves around and is hosted by different universities. This year it was hosted at York University. Read Sophia's experience of presenting at the conference here.


The PhD Place

The PhD Place is an online PGR community focussed on friendship and the exchange of ideas, offering an exciting space to create community and connection with other researchers. 

Beautiful Care

Date and Time: Saturday, 11th June : 14.000 - 16.00 
In the last two years, we have witnessed the impact of Covid on Care Homes and heard stories of caring on the front line of a global pandemic. The conversation tends to be focused on the failings of the system with Social Care presented as being in perpetual crisis. Without denying the very real problems in our care system, this event focuses instead on Beautiful Care – a practice crafted by care workers often in spite of the challenging circumstances they face.
Book here via Eventbrite

See here for full details

Student Representatives

On Friday 22nd April, NWSSDTP PhD students from Liverpool, Lancaster, Manchester and Keele universities finally met up for our first post-COVID in person regional party, the NWSSDTP Easter Shindig! Pizza, cake and booze facilitated a great evening of networking, research discussions and making new friends, followed by a pub quiz on everything from current affairs to film music, trivial pursuit questions to NWSSDPT institution cities, and joke-telling to who could draw the best alpaca!

Thanks to everyone who made it over to Manchester University for the evening, and for abiding by the strict COVID rules in place. It really made for a safe, relaxing and fun evening away from the books. We hope you left with some fresh research ideas and even with some new friends. Thanks to NWSSDTP reps Matina and Jingwen (Manchester) for sorting the venue and food (and honorary rep Pete Duncan), Matt, Sophie and Charlotte (Lancaster) for writing the quiz, and Adele (Liverpool) for the Shindig poster.



Expertise database

so you are able to see from one look anyone who is doing similar things to you, either geographically, methodologically, theoretically or otherwise. Please feel free to add your name and details to it. database-discipline/cross-institution co-working across the NWSSDTP cohort your student representatives have produced as part of an initiative to increase cross

See your student representatives here.         


Additional Funding Competitions 

The next deadline for all NWSSDTP Additional Funding Competitions is Friday 3rd June 2022 (suggested deadline for activity taking place September – December 2022 )

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