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NWSSDTP Newsletter 
                                         September 2020 

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

                                                  Photograph:  Rosie Harrison 


Training Opportunities

UK Data Service

Webinar: Social Network Analysis: Techniques and Methods of Analysis
29th September 2020;15.00 - 16.00

This free webinar, organised by the UK Data Service, is the third in a series of three on understanding and using SNA methods for social science research purposes.
For further details and registration see here 
See here for details of other UK Data Service courses  

Wiley Online Library

See here for information on Peer Review which is designed to assess the validity, quality and often the originality of articles for publication. 

 Administrative Data Research UK

ADR UK’s work plays an important role in bridging the gap between government and academia, enabling government policy to be informed by the best evidence available, and putting us on the path to a future in which the true potential of administrative data to improve society is realised.
For further details 


British Library 

The British Library’s collection includes books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs, newspapers and sound. Many of our digital collections provide material for free online. 

Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute PhD Conference 2020

Date: 25th September 2020; 12.30 - 17.15   

Join HCRI for an afternoon of discussion, hearing about a variety of different issues central to humanitarian affairs: from the complexities of refugeeism and the role of the state in turbulent times to the emergence of different modes of practices and sense-making amidst spaces ridden by conflict.  
To register see here

Understanding Society 

Understanding Society is a UK Household Longitudinal Study. The site contains information on the survey, research articles, reports and policy briefings.
Students in Focus

Sofia Eleftheriadou, Educational Research, University of Manchester (2017 Cohort)

Best Paper Award 2019 for a systematic literature review on collaborative problem solving
In September 2019, I presented my paper titled “Conceptualisation and measurement of collaborative problem solving: a systematic review of the literature” at the Emerging Researchers’ Conference (ERC) in Hamburg, organised by the European Educational Research Association (EERA). I attended the conference with support from the Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) offered to NWSSDTP-funded students. Read about Sofia's attendance at the conference and award for best paper 2019 here.

Emily McIndoe, Economic and Social History, University of Liverpool, (2017 Cohort)

Archive trip to the National Archives, Kew

I have always thoroughly enjoyed archival research trips, especially to the National Archives in Kew, there’s something incredibly exciting about getting away from your desk to go and find your own primary sources. I find it such a satisfying process, although trying to explain to other people exactly what is exciting about sifting through boxes of government documents can be somewhat of a challenge. When I booked to go to the National Archives at the end of August, I knew it was going to be a different experience and I wasn’t sure what to expect, or even if I would find what I was looking for. Read more about Emily's visit to The National Archives here .

Margot Tudor, Development and Humanitarianism in an Unequal World, University of Manchester, (2017 Cohort)

5 Steps to Successfully Submitting your PhD during a Global Pandemic
Completing a PhD at any stage of life and circumstance is a significant achievement and demonstrative of an unwavering commitment to your field of scholarship. Read Margot's 5 steps here.

The Wellbeing Thesis 

This website provides a national, open-access web-resource, hosted by Student Minds charity. It takes a prevention and early intervention approach and aims to support postgraduate research student mental well-being. The website provides a proactive resource to postgraduate research students and considers the whole postgraduate research experience, and supporting positive cultural change towards good mental health. for more details see here


Additional Funding Competitions 

The next deadline for all NWSSDTP Additional Funding Competitions is 6th November 2020.

Methods North West

Please note that new sessions have now been added 

Methods North West will be running a series of short online Methods Sessions between July – December 2020, delivered by experts in their fields. Details and booking links can be found here: New sessions are still being added, so do keep checking back! The next five sessions are 
7 September - Writing Methods Beyond the Academy – Ronnie Hughes, University of Liverpool
24 September - Being there”: Rethinking fieldwork in the time of Covid – Evi Girling, Keele University 
1 October - Repurposing journalism and the ethnographic gaze – Ciara Kierans, University of Liverpool
8 October - Deleuze’s methods in the sociology of health and illness – Lena Theodoropoulou, University of Liverpool
15 October - Using patient case notes in narrative, social or medical researches – Alannah Tomkins, Keele University 

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