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                                                      August 2021  

Please scroll down for upcoming training events, funding opportunities and NWSSDTP student blogs!  
Photos of the Month

'Lightning striking the Arthur Lewis building from Alliance Manchester Business School ' by Adam McCarthy, Business & Management, University of Manchester (2020 Cohort).                                         

Training and Opportunities


Is your research being conducted within the correct ethical boundaries?

Workshop led by Dr Catherine Easton and Dr Gary Potter, Law Department, Lancaster University. 
Date and time: 30th September 2021; 12.00 -17.00

Like all academics, PhD students must successfully negotiate a Research Ethics Committee before engaging in most forms of empirical data collection. The question is, how do you know you are not crossing an ethical line? For example, could you ethically justify the methods you intend to use to achieve your research aims? Are there any sensitive issues? If your methods involve face to face contact, where do you meet? What determines your choices over who participates? What determines theirs? What factors do you need to take into account when anonymising responses? What is your data security plan? Can you explain what your research entails to the non-technical audience evaluating your application? See full details and registration see here.

Research, Resilience, Resurgence

Dates: 18th & 19th October 2021 (6th September deadline for abstracts)

Research, Resilience, Resurgence addresses the changes and stages through a research degree. From discovering new research strategies and texts, developing a sense of resilience to the trials of the experience, and a resurgence from the challenges we face through the story. As we emerge from the challenges of 2020, we invite scholars, performers, and creative practitioners to reflect on the three core themes in relation to their own PhD experiences and research subjects.
For further information see here.

If you would like to submit an abstract, then please email by 6th September 2021 with a 150-300 word abstract, the format of your presentation and a 2-line biographical summary. See here for details.
We are also looking for PhD students to get involved in chairing sessions. If you are interested then email by 6th September 2021. Follow our Twitter account @resconf for more updates.



SPIN (the Secrecy, Power, and Ignorance research Network) is a collection of academics, artists and practitioners interested in understanding how knowledge is unmade in relation to social, political, and knowledge-making processes across all disciplines, in all areas of life, and across empirical, theoretical and methodological approaches. For details see here.

Pen to Paper Thursday

The idea with the Pen to Paper Thursday sessions is to carve out a designated space for us all (at all levels) to get "stuff" (of all sorts) done in the digital community. There is no obligation for participants to stay for the whole session/ join each session. People are free to use the sessions in a way that works best for them. These sessions are designed for people to develop an accountable writing practice and to "reclaim" time for us to work on the things we'd like to focus on together. 
Each Pen to Paper Thursday looks like this: 

  • 09:30am - 12.30pm BST (incl breaks).
  • 5 X 25-minute writing sessions.
  • Google Meet (cameras and mics off until break time).
  • A short goal-setting exercise (for personal accountability, non-pressured/ no testing.

Future participants should email: to be added to the weekly Google Invitation. 



The 2021 Research Methods e-Festival: Innovation, Adaptation and Evolution of the social sciences

The Research Methods e-Festival will take place between the 25th and 29th October 2021. This will be a celebration of research methods with an interdisciplinary social science flavour pulling in the contributors and participants to provide a wealth of content. For further details 

In conversation….with Sophie Woodward, Jennifer Leigh and Nicole Brown
To celebrate the relaunch of the NCRM book research method series with the publication of “Embodied Inquiry: Research Methods” Sophie Woodward is holding an ‘In conversation event’ with the authors Jennifer Leigh and Nicole Brown. Jennifer and Nicole’s book explores what an embodied approach brings to a research project, and which kinds of considerations need to be taken into account to research in this way. See here for further information

See here for recently added training sessions
For a full list of training sessions see here.


New Vitae report - The results of a second wave survey on the 'Impact of Covid-19 on researchers and research activities'

The 'Wave 2' survey, funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), was conducted in February and March 2021 by Vitae, almost nine months on from the original ‘Wave 1’ survey in June 2020. Respondents were mainly researchers in UK universities and research institutes, including many Vitae Member institutions.

The report highlights the impact of Covid-19 on researchers – particularly postgraduate researchers and research staff, as well as those with caring responsibilities. The Wave 2 results show that although working hours have stabilised to some extent since June 2020, research activities are still badly impacted, particularly for postgraduate researchers, with less research now being done at home. Many have had to change their research direction, but for a few unexpected opportunities have emerged. The reported poor levels of mental health and wellbeing by postgraduate researchers, research staff and mid-career researchers is especially worrying, with many concerned about their long-term career prospects. Whilst most researchers perceive a negative impact on career prospects longer term, there have been some unexpected opportunities that have emerged. Access the report

'Part-time researchers on film'
See here to watch nine successful part-time researchers from a range of disciplines and career stages answer questions about doing a doctorate on a part-time basis. They give tips and advice for prospective and current part-time researchers and their supervisors.


UCL's Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care aims to understand and influence determinants of health and health behaviour across the lifecourse, develop and evaluate cross-sectoral policies and strategies to improve health and optimise healthcare delivery and practice. 

Expertise in epidemiology, medical statistics, health psychology, sociology, health economics, public health, primary care, public policy, and improvement science is found throughout our interdisciplinary teams, which are located across four research departments:

  • Applied Health Research
  • Behavioural Science and Health
  • Epidemiology and Public Health
  • Primary Care and Population Health
See here for details.


CLOSER's call for abstracts for their upcoming Preparing for the Future conference ( 18 January 2022) is now open. The deadline for submissions is 17:00 on 31 August 2021. Longitudinal population studies (LPS) currently face a range of challenges. With the world still dealing with COVID-19 and its far-reaching impacts, the value of longitudinal studies, with the wealth of data already collected in the years before the pandemic, and their ability to track individuals during and after the pandemic, has never been greater. For full details can be found here.

For the latest CLOSER Twitter highlights see here.

British Library

'Unfinished Business: finally giving black feminist history and contribution its due'.

A guest post by Dr Hannana Siddiqui
Walking around the British Library’s exhibition, Unfinished Business, with mask and mobile phone camera in hand, I went mad with taking photographs. There was so much to take from the first edition of Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and protest poems written on toilet paper in Holloway Prison by Sylvia Pankhurst to objects and images from modern feminism, both familiar and unfamiliar. A world of discovery for old feminists and new; but also much to learn for the unaware and the unreconstructed.Read Dr Siddiqui's full blog here.

Dr. Susan Banducci's webinar 'Secondary analysis of cross-national, comparative survey data'.

This workshop covered secondary analysis of cross-national, comparative survey data. You can write an original, successful PhD thesis using existing cross-national survey data such as the European Social Survey or the World Values Survey. In addition to introducing the wealth of data available across the globe, Professor Susan Banducci will introduce some examples of published research and discuss strategies on how to add value to and gain new insight from these rich data sources. See here for link to the video.
Students in Focus
Camilla Woodrow-Hill, Psychology, University of Manchester (2020 Cohort)

Have you ever thought about what neuroscience, hats, health and creativity have in common? On starting my PhD in September I signed up to be a Widening Participation Fellow for the University of Manchester. This role meant communicating science and research to school children of varying ages, focusing in particular on those considered to be in ‘widening participation’ areas. This means focusing on students from groups that are currently under-represented as students at the University of Manchester. More information on this can be found here: Read Camilla's full blog here.

Julia Marcet-Alonso, Business & Management, University of Liverpool (2019 Cohort)

Hi everyone! I’m Julia Marcet-Alonso, PhD student at the Management School of the University of Liverpool. I’ve just finished my second year and it has been a great adventure 😊My research seeks to study the impact of retail brands on their customer facing employees. I am trying to listen to both sides of the story by analysing what companies say and what employees perceive and experience. This project is inspired by my previous experience working in fashion retail as a visual merchandiser. Read Julia's full blog here.



Time Off and a Ferry ‘Cross The Mersey.

Ronnie Hughes, Sociology, University of Liverpool (2018 Cohort)
I don’t know about you, but as a postgraduate well into his thesis it’s far too easy, tempting and can often feel as if it’s required for me to work all the time. To begin each morning with planning my reading, writing and research for the day. Reviewing how far I haven’t got by the evening and promising myself I’ll do better tomorrow when the cycle of the PGR day begins again. Sound familiar? Well let yourself off, because right now it’s still just about summertime and PGRs, students generally, need a break as much as anyone.  Read Ronnie's full blog here.

Student Representatives

There is a cohort of NWSSDTP Student Representatives across the institutions of the NWSSDTP. For details of who your reps are and current activity, please visit the NWSSDTP Student Representatives page!

Additional Funding Competitions 

The next deadline for all NWSSDTP Additional Funding Competitions is Friday 4th November 2021 (suggested deadline for trips taking place January - April 2022)

Read Charis Bridger Staatz's (a PhD Researcher at University College London) blog about her three-month internship with CLOSER’s policy and research teams in early 2021 here.
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