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                                              April 2022

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

Transdisciplinarity in International Conflict

Date and time: Wednesday 20th April, 14.00 - 16.30, online
This virtual event is for postgraduate researchers and early-career researchers within academia and practice, who work within the fields of international conflict, to create connections beyond disciplines and sectors. Through two guest lectures on peace and conflict interdisciplinarity and guided networking activities, participants will develop their networking skills and make connections within their own research. Please see here for full details.

Remote research techniques: Accessible, Collaborative and Creative

Date and time: Tuesday 10th May 2022, Time: 10:00-13:00, online
This online event focuses on the realities of designing and using remote techniques as part of academic research. The session will hear from academics and PGRs who have used remote techniques including but not limited to, Claymation Storytelling, Flexible Diaries, Participatory Video and Life Mapping. The session will be divided into two parts. The first part will consist of a panel discussion with four academics: Dr Kirsty Liddiard, Dr Lyndsey Stoodley, Dr Richard Gorman and Dr Sonja Marzi followed by a workshop led by PGRs: Poppy Budworth, Andy Harrod and Nancy Breton, all of whom have worked with remote methods. The panel will focus on the benefits and challenges of using remote/online methods, as well as the importance of remote techniques for accessibility and reach. The workshops will be interactive and provide opportunities to talk about your own methods and techniques. Both the panel discussion and the workshops will be centred on the themes of Accessibility, Collaboration, Creativity, Embodiment and Flexibility. All attendees will choose the workshop that best relates to their research techniques. This information will be distributed at a later point. If you are interested in joining this event please sign up via Eventbrite or email by May 3rd.
Event Organisers: Poppy Budworth and Elizabeth Ackerley (University of Manchester) and Andy Harrod (Lancaster University).


ESRC STEPS Centre: ‘Pathways to Sustainability Course


The ESRC STEPS Centre is currently running a free online course on ‘Pathways to Sustainability'. This course is aimed at a range of audiences but particularly PhD students and early career researchers. This online course gives an introduction to the STEPS Centre’s core conceptual approach, the Pathways Approach to sustainability. The course covers theories, methodologies and practical examples. On your journey through the course, you’ll be encouraged to think about the roles of knowledge and uncertainty, policy processes, technology and innovation, and resource politics. You’ll also explore how methods link research with action. For full details see here.

Intellectual Party - Online -Lancaster University

Dates: 11th - 13th July 2022
Lancaster University’s postgraduate social science community would like to invite PhD and MA students to a digital Intellectual Party/Summer Conference. This event is a brilliant opportunity to meet research students from around the world, to present your work in a friendly and encouraging environment, and engage with some of Lancaster’s fantastic academic staff. The deadline for applications has been extended to the 15th of April 2022. You can find further details and a DRAFT programme here.

Liverpool Fashion Summit 2022

This year we are running a hybrid event on the 21st and 22nd of April. On Thursday 21st, we'll host our conversation series online. On Friday 22nd, we'll host our first face-to-face event. We are hosting a creative mending cafe and two round tables at the University of Liverpool - Management School. Among the confirmed speakers are Prof Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas, Dr Mark Sumner, Rosalind Studd, Prof Joanne Meehan, Prof Anne-Marie Grundmeier and Dr Laura Menzies. More details on our website:
The event is free but places are limited for the face-to-face activities. Book your place here

Debugging (In)equality in Data Science

Date: 6th May 2022
Do you investigate the potential of data science for social justice? 
Take part in our unique workshop dedicated to igniting collaboration and exchange on the emancipatory potential of data science. We welcome doctoral students, early career researchers, and faculty who employ computational social science in their research to showcase exciting data science research into inequality. Outstanding Masters students’ applications will also be considered. For further details see here.


Investigative Methods: An NCRM Innovation Collection
This Innovation Collection on investigative methods brings together investigators working in different domains, sectors, and on different topics of interest to help capture the breadth, scope and relevance of investigative practices over 10 substantive chapters. Each of the papers presents a different investigative method or set of methods and, through case studies, attempts to demonstrate their value. Read the full collection or browse the individual chapters here.

What is facet methodology?


Facet methodology is a creative approach to researching that aims to create insights into our social world. It is an approach developed by a team of colleagues at the Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives at The University of Manchester and launched by Jennifer Mason in her 2011 paper Facet Methodology: The Case for an Inventive Research Orientation. For further details see here.

See NCRM latest newsletter here.

Methods North West

Following on from the successful series of online methods sessions in 2020-21, Methods North West is offering another series of methodological sessions during 2021/22, once again delivered by experts in their fields. Please find details of upcoming sessions 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



Use CLOSER Discovery to search and browse questions and metadata from leading UK longitudinal studies. See weekly highlights here.
Student in Focus 

Daniela Fazio Vargas, Sociology, University of Manchester (2021 Cohort)

Read Daniela's blog here 'Learning from and with the others: my experience organising the PGR Sociology Conference'. For further details and updates regarding the conference see and follow us on Twitter @ConferenceSoss

Student Representatives

NWSSDTP Easter Party & Quiz



Postponed from Christmas, and still organised by your NWSSDTP reps, come and join us and your fellow PGRs from Lancaster, Manchester, Liverpool and Keele universities for a night of socialising, networking, and brain-teasing fun. There will be (free) pizza, there will be taxing questions from your quizmasters (Lancaster Uni’s very own Matt & Sophie), but most of all, it will be an evening to blow off a bit of steam after the last 2 years. And we DEFINITELY all need that now!
Venue: Theatre Lounge, 2nd Floor, University of Manchester Students' Union Building      
Date and time:  Friday 22nd April, 17.00 -21.30
AS EVER: So we have an idea of numbers, if you are planning to come along, please do drop Matt Hanley a brief email to let him know, at Looking forward to hearing from you.

Expertise database

As part of an initiative to increase cross-discipline/cross-institution co-working across the NWSSDTP cohort your student representatives have produced a 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.

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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