North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership

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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Are there differences in the rates of post-traumatic stress disorder and harmful drinking in the UK Armed Forces and UK Police Service?

Patsy Irizar, Psychology, University of Liverpool, (2017 Cohort)

Patsy Irizar (University of Liverpool), Dr Sharon Stevelink (King’s College London) and colleagues have published a paper, comparing the rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and harmful drinking in males serving in the UK Armed Forces with those serving in the UK Police Service. A similar percentage of probable PTSD (approx. 4%) was found within the two occupations but identified a much higher percentage of military personnel meeting criteria for harmful drinking, compared to police employees (10% vs 3%).

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