North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership

“Publications are your ticket out of grad school”

Megan Readman, Psychology, Lancaster University (2017 Cohort)

Around 2 ½ years ago my supervisor told me, “Publications are your ticket out of grad school…it is your publications that will get you post-doc and lectureship positions” this conversation has stuck with me since that day.

I am sure we, PhD students, are all very aware that our achievements in the world of academia are often measured by our publications (and later our grant successes). Whether that’s right or wrong is another matter, but due to this many of us will continually be striving for the next publication. I must admit as a young fresh-faced undergraduate (and probably also Msc student) I naively thought the publication process was pretty straightforward in that you write an article, select an appropriate journal, submit the article and bam a while later after making some minor amendments the article is published. How very wrong I was…

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Overseas Institutional Visit during a pandemic

Yigit Oezcelik, Economics, University of Liverpool (2018 Cohort)

As Benjamin Franklin once said: “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”. This also holds during a pandemic. As the Overseas Institutional Visit funding (OIV funding) promotes such an investment in advancing and disseminating knowledge abroad, I decided to go to Berlin, after I was invited by Prof Radosveta Ivanova-Stenzel. At the beginning of January 2021, I travelled to Berlin in order to start my visit at Technical University Berlin and stayed there until the end of March 2021.

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“R” you considering attending an online training course?

Chloe Brennan, Psychology, University of Liverpool (2018 Cohort)

I have wanted to learn R since I started my PhD and after learning about the benefits of doing structural equation modelling (SEM) in R I knew I needed to bite the bullet and sign up to a training course since I would be using this method in my PhD. Although training courses can be pricey, I am lucky to be a NWSSDTP funded PhD student because I can use the Research Training Support Grant to cover the costs.

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‘Attending conferences generated opportunities to reflect on several elements of my research’

Sarah Chadwick, Psychology, Lancaster University (2018 Cohort)

A key part of a PhD is attending conferences – both to learn more about, and engage with, others’ research and to disseminate your own. I was recently fortunate enough to attend two online conferences, with the cost of attendance covered by the Research Training Support Grant (RTSG). Reflecting on my experiences of attending these conferences here, I hope to encourage others to recognise the value of attending conferences and to consider making use of the RTSG to do so.

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