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NWSSDTP Newsletter 
                                              September 2022

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

Photo of the Month
                'Chania,Crete' Margaret Conroy,  CSPSW, Lancaster University  (2019 Cohort)      

Training and Opportunities

ESRC Internship Scheme

Closing Date: 3rd October 2022
Start date: January - June 2023
The Resolution Foundation is pleased to offer two research assistant placements via the ESRC’s Internship Scheme. The Resolution Foundation is an independent think-tank, founded in 2005, focused on improving the living standards of those on low-to-middle incomes. We work across a wide range of economic and social policy, combining our core purpose with a commitment to analytical rigour. These twin pillars of rigour and purpose underpin everything we do and make us the leading UK authority on securing widely-shared economic growth. For full details see here.


FlexMR Internship Opportunity

Closing Date: 3rd October 2022
Start date: 17th October 2022

We are seeking an intern to develop, field and analyse a survey research project on the role of ‘empowerment’ in social, political and commercial communities. The research project will be fielded through the FlexMR InsightHub platform and involve project scoping, survey scripting, video question programming, analysis and reporting to an internal audience. For full details see here.

NCRM training 

NCRM has places available on short courses taking place in September and October 2022. The courses provide training at introductory or intermediate levels and cover a wide variety of topics. The courses include:

Registration is also open for training courses in November and early 2023. See our full training programme.

For NCRM newsletter see here.

Adam Sisman on John Le Carré: Writing and Researching Elusive Subjects

See SWDTP's YouTube video by author and researcher, Adam Sisman who discusses researching, interviewing and writing about the elusive David John Moore Cornwell (aka the globally successful spy fiction author John le Carré).
The discussion looks at some specific questions, including: How can one research, write and tell stories about the world of intelligence? How does one conduct interviews, archival work and craft a narrative? What does it mean to research and write around secrecy?


Have Your Say on CODATA's Research Data Management Glossary

CLOSER’s Metadata Officer, Becky Oldroyd, introduces CODATA’s Research Data Management (RDM) Glossary – a resource of over 300 clearly defined research terms designed to unite the RDM community – and highlights how you can participate in the public review process. Read the full blog here .

How to do media relations guidance - ESRC

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


Students in Focus

Zeenat Sabur, Politics, University of Manchester (2020 Cohort)


Earlier this summer I attended Gregynog Ideas Lab, a summer school in the idyllic Powys, Wales. The summer school offers PhD candidates and academics in the field of international politics a chance to take part in a week of invigorating workshops led by scholars from a wide range of critical schools of thought – from feminist, to postcolonial and poststructural. Read Zeenat's full blog here.

Margaret Conroy, Criminology, Social Policy and Social Work, Lancaster University (2019 Cohort)


I was checking through my emails one evening, procrastinating during an intense period of writing…when I came across the inevitable call for papers from the European Network on Gender and Violence (ENGV) 2022 Annual Conference in Copenhagen.  One day, I thought, I shall actually respond to one of these!  Hang on a minute, this was a call for papers for an Early Career Researchers Pre-Conference Day….I can do this I thought!  I had 24 hours to submit my hastily written proposal (clearly I had missed this email!). I pressed submit and put it to the back of my mind.  I received an email back some time after telling me it had been accepted.  Crikey, now I had to write the thing!
Read Mags' full blog here.





The Wellbeing Thesis


Taking Control to Make This Work for You

Determine how to make this journey work for you by celebrating your wins, taking time off, exploring uncertainties, managing multiple identities, balancing freedom and responsibilities and building your researcher identity. See here for further information. 

Additional Funding Competitions 


Engaging with UK science policy makers in Parliament- reflections on a UKRI Policy Internship at the Royal Society of Biology.


Adam McCarthy, Business & Management, University of Manchester (2020 Cohort)

In summer 2022, I saw the opportunity for UKRI-funded students to take part in a three-month Science Policy internship at one of many leading organisations in the UK. I thought that as an academic studying these organisations and the process of science policy, it might be useful to gain experience in the inner workings of such an organisation. In hindsight, I think this was a good decision for the experience it provided, but I was surprised to find that the insight gained changed my perspective on my research project. I chose to apply to the Royal Society of Biology (RSB) to take advantage of my biological sciences undergraduate degree and also to put into practice my skills gained during my MRes and the first stages of my Science, Technology and Innovation Policy PhD at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research. Read Adam'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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