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                                              July 2022

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

Training and Opportunities

British Council: Call for essays: Cultural Relations and Peacebuilding


This is a call to researchers at UK universities to partner with us to propose essays for our Cultural Relations Collection – with the chance to win four essay prizes of £1,000 each, reach a broad public audience and engage stakeholders beyond the academic research community.

The umbrella theme for this edition of the Cultural Relations Collection is ‘Cultural relations and peacebuilding’.

Essay proposals should address this theme in a way that relates to the work of the British Council. We work across arts and culture, education and English Language sectors. Our cross-cutting work of strategic significance includes but is not limited to international development, soft power, digital transformation, climate change and migration.

The deadline for essay proposals is 23.59 BST on Monday 19 September 2022. 
For further details see here

NCRM training 


Latent Variable Models for Social Research (online)

Date: 14/9/2022

Latent variable models relate a set of observed (or manifest) variables to a set of latent (or unmeasured) variables. In practice, this entails the use of models to summarise the relationship between a series of highly associated variables. It will be demonstrated that these models are specific examples of a wider family of measurement models.

This one-day course will showcase latent variable models through the application of these models to social science data. Particular emphasis will be given to estimation and interpretation of latent class models in Stata. For full details and registration

You can also view all their courses on the NCRM website 

See NCRM's latest newsletter 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.


UK Parliament


Parliament for PhD students: how to engage with the UK Parliament

This training session explores how to engage with the UK Parliament focussing on practical information and advice, with tips on what parliamentary engagement you could do with your limited time and how to be confident in your own expertise. 


Videos and slides are available here for closer's: Introducing longitudinal biomedical studies from a social science perspective – ELSA & NICOLA.
See closer's weekly 
highlights here.

Students in Focus

Hannah Smith, Economic and Social History, Keele University (2021 Cohort)


I commenced my CASE studentship in October, and I have found it beneficial in numerous ways. My studentship includes a one-year MRes project, plus a three-year PhD project. The PhD is focused on Staffordshire and Slavery, however for my MRes I am analysing the memory surrounding slavery and abolition in Liverpool, and the legacies remaining for the people of colour within the community. See here to read Hannah's full blog.

Leah Molyneux, Criminology, Social Policy and Social Work, University of Liverpool (2020 Cohort)


For the past three months I have been conducting observational fieldwork with a rural UK police force. My research is concerned with understanding the role of the sergeant within the police organisation. Particular attention is paid to how sergeants shape the way frontline police officers manage and understand discretion. Read Leah's full blog here.

Recent Events 

"Sun, Sea and Statistical Learning"


Heather Turnbull, Psychology, University of Liverpool (2020 cohort).

The return of the Interdisciplinary Advances in Statistical Learning (IASL) conference not only was the first post-pandemic but also the first I attended as a PhD candidate. The fact it was held in the elegant seaside resort of San Sebastián on Spain’s northern coast and that the NWSSDTP Research Training Support Grant covered travel costs was an added bonus. Read Heather's full blog here.

Additional Funding Competitions 

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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