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                                              June 2022

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

Training and Opportunities

Wiley : 'What is Peer Review' blog 
Peer review is designed to assess the validity, quality and often the originality of articles for publication. Its ultimate purpose is to maintain the integrity of science by filtering out invalid or poor-quality articles. From a publisher’s perspective, peer review functions as a filter for content, directing better quality articles to better quality journals and so creating journal brands. For further details see here

Wales DTP Methods Blog : Online Fieldwork in Conflict-Affected Areas


Wales DTP student Louise Ridden (Politics & International Relations, Aberystwyth University), writes about adapting her fieldwork in conflict-affected areas to online research. See her blog here .


UK Data Service


For access and training on how to use the UK's largest collection of economic, social and population data for research and teaching see here.
Training videos on their YouTube channel include:

NCRM training 


Oral History Theory and Practice (Online)

Dates and Times: Tuesday 21st June 2022 and Thursday 23rd June 2022: 13.00 - 16.00 
Oral history methodology is a vital part of the data collection process that enables a complex understanding of human societies in modern contemporary eras. It is a methodology that foregrounds the participation of the public in the process of historical production and dissemination of that research. As such it democratises historical research and opens doors to its practitioners to feed back the research findings to the historical subjects, participants and audiences outside of the academy, necessitating dialogue and bringing to the fore the researcher’s ethical responsibilities. See here for further details and registration.



MethodsCon is a wholly in-person event that will take place over two days in Manchester. The theme of the event is "rethinking the boundaries of methods in health and social science research".The event is free to attend and will feature more than 30 sessions on methods in health and social science research. Attendees will be able to take part in workshops and interactive seminars, hear from a variety of experts and collaborate with researchers from across different sectors, including government, healthcare, the private sector, academia and the charity sector. Sessions will be in three main formats: Professional Development Workshops; Innovation Incubators; Interactive Seminars. For full details see here

Training courses: See here for a list of NCRM’s forthcoming courses. The majority are delivered online covering a wide variety of quantitative and qualitative methods, with topics ranging from oral history, interpretive political science and longitudinal research, to statistical modelling, GIS and machine learning.
You can also view all their courses on the NCRM website 

See NCRM's latest newsletter here.

Methods North West

For the list of Methods Sessions see here

Studying Violence: Concepts, Approaches and Challenges
Deana Heath (University of Liverpool)
Date and time: 30 June 2022;14:00 – 15:00

What do we mean by the term ‘violence’ – does it include, for example, famine, social suffering, or the intergenerational effects of postcolonial trauma – and how do we theorise it? What are some of the ways, moreover, that we can go about studying it, and what sorts of challenges might we encounter when we do? This workshop will focus on some of the challenges of carrying out research on violence and suggest some potential ways to address these. For full details and registration see here.


Black Future Dr


Doing a PhD in Sociology, with Dave Mankhokwe Namusanya
In this episode, Dave Mankhokwe Namusanya, who is currently conducting fieldwork in Mawali for his PhD in Sociology at Abertay University shares his unique perspective as a PhD student conducting research in his home country, and discusses some of the benefits and challenges of doing research with an insider perspective. See here for link to the podcast.


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. 


Recent Events 

Planning and Environment Pathway Away Day


The Planning and Environmental (P&E) Pathway in NWSSDTP successfully held a Planning Away Day for PGRs on 20th May 2022 at Ness Botanic Garden. In total, there were 20 participants including both PGRs and staff from the University of Liverpool and University of Manchester. In addition there were four visiting PGR scholars from France, Pakistan, and India. All participants enjoyed the day and appreciated the excellent opportunity this Post-COVID event provided to get to know each other’s research and exchange ideas through various activities in a very pleasant environment. The interactive talk delivered by Professor Dave Shaw inspired the Researchers about the PhD process. Roundtable discussions offered more focused dialogue around key issues for PGRs, covering themes including post-PhD opportunities, publication strategy, and conferences/academic networking. All participants were keen to keep in touch with each other and looked forward to further activities. The PGR communities across the two institutions would like to arrange another meeting in the future, perhaps in another location.

The PhD Place

Lessons I have Learnt from my PhD by Hannah Ryan

My name is Hannah Ryan, and I am a final year student in the School of Sociology and Policy at Aston University, researching the visual representation of refugees and asylum seekers in UK newspapers. As I come to the end of my PhD journey and I’m hard at work writing my final thesis, I have given myself some time to reflect on the lessons that I have learnt along the way. I share these lessons here in the hope that they may help other PhD students along their journeys. Read Hannah's full blog here.

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. 


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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