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                                              January 2022

Please scroll down for upcoming training events, funding opportunities and NWSSDTP student blogs!  
Happy New Year to NWSSDTP Students and Staff!

We hope you all managed to have a restful break over the holidays.
2022 promises to be a busy year for the NWSSDTP! Recruitment for a new cohort of students, who will commence their programmes in October, is already well underway. We will also be recruiting at least seven Postdoctoral Fellows over the next few months, who will likewise join us in October. Methods North West continues to offer a broad range of methodological training initiatives through both the online Methods Sessions and the Methods X Streams, and will be running its inaugural flagship conference on June 10th 2022 with the theme Addressing global inequalities: challenges and solutions through research methods, with a call for papers due out this month.
As you may know, the NWSSDTP was commissioned in 2017 to recruit six cohorts of students, with the final cohort commencing in October 2023. Later in 2022, alongside our regular activity, the NWSSDTP team will be developing a recommissioning bid to the ESRC to continue our work for a further five years. Rest assured, your studentships and the support we provide will continue whatever the outcome of that bid! This recommissioning process will be a great opportunity to reflect on the successes and challenges of the past few years, and plan ahead for new activity.
On behalf of the NWSSDTP Team, I wish you all the best with your studies in the coming year.

Hayley Meloy (NWSSDTP Manager)

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                              'Formby beach Summer 2020' Julie McColl, DTP Coordinator     

Training and Opportunities


Employability: what do doctoral graduates offer employers?

In a modern knowledge-based economy, highly educated and skilled people are in great demand. Doctoral graduates are amongst the most highly educated and skilled groups in the workforce. Many go on to use their skills within academia or in research-intensive occupations in industry but many others draw on their research background and skills gained during their doctoral degree in a wide variety of other occupations. See Vitae's blog here.


2022 CLOSER conference 18th - 20th January 2022 

Following the success of its 2018 and 2020 editions, CLOSER is hosting a third collaborative conference to share best practice and tackle mutual challenges faced by the longitudinal studies community.
With the world still dealing with COVID-19 and its far-reaching impacts, ‘Preparing for the future III: tackling key challenges facing longitudinal population studies in a post-COVID world’ (18-20 January 2022) will focus on the value and shape of longitudinal studies in the wake of the pandemic. Find out more and register here
Latest closer news 

UK Data Service 

Upcoming workshops:
Introduction to agent-based modelling for social scientists...19 Jan 2022 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Copyright Issues in Secondary Data Use ... 24 January 2022 - 09:30 to 25 January 2022 - 12:30 ( Please note that this event is already fully booked. If you register, you will be put on the waiting list) .

Search the UK Data Service catalogue here 


Student Representatives
We are pleased to welcome new student representative Amardeep Legha. Amardeep is based at Keele and you can view his profile on the student representatives page here.


The Final Constant Gardener: Episode 5


As winter sets in and the year turns the allotment garden here goes as bare and quiet as it ever gets. My contributions to this column too will now go quiet, once head gardener Sarah and I have completed this final one of our preparations for Spring, by planting the hundred or so tulip bulbs that we had delivered from Gardener’s World resident plantswoman Sarah Raven just before Christmas. Read Ronnie's column here.

Additional Funding Competitions 

The next deadline for all NWSSDTP Additional Funding Competitions is Friday 4th February 2022 (suggested deadline for activity taking place May-August 2022)

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