23rd – 27th November 2020
The North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership will be organising a series of sessions and events online during the last week of November for NWSSDTP-funded students. Some of these sessions will be compulsory for new starters, in lieu of a traditional induction event, but all events are open to any NWSSDTP-funded student.
Monday 23rd November
10:00 – 10:30 Welcome from the Director Professor Gabe Mythen (compulsory for new starters)
The Director of the NWSSDTP, Professor Gabe Mythen, welcomes new NWSSDTP students (and welcomes back any returning students in attendance) while outlining some of the opportunities and expectations of NWSSDTP funding. Gabe will also flag some of the upcoming highlights of the NWSSDTP week.
10:30 – 11:30 Meet the NWSSDTP Team (compulsory for new starters)
The session will introduce you to all the key academic and Professional Services members of staff involved in running the NWSSDTP, so new starters and returning students can ‘put a face to a name’ and learn more about how the NWSSDTP works, as well as who to contact when you have a query.
11:30 – 12:00 Meet your NWSSDTP Student Representatives (compulsory for new starters)
Moderated by University of Liverpool NWSSDTP Institutional Lead, Dr Yiquan Gu
The session will introduce you to your NWSSDTP Student Representatives, who will represent all NWSSDTP students in discussions around training and support with the NWSSDTP team.
12:30 – 13:00 Tips for accessing your Research Training Support Grant (compulsory for new starters)
All NWSSDTP Students can access a Research Training Support Grant, to cover research expenses associated with their training and research project. This brief session will outline what is eligible and how to claim. The NWSSDTP team will also run through a few common mistakes to avoid and top tips for getting your claims paid quickly and with minimal fuss!
15:00 – 16:00 ‘Slowing down and searching for utopia’ Q&A with Professor Danny Dorling
Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography Professor Danny Dorling (Oxford University) will take part in a Q&A session with NWSSDTP students (present and past!) Olivia Reeves-O’Toole and Dr Will McGowan, about his recently published books ‘Slowdown‘ and ‘Finntopia‘.
Tuesday 24th November
10:00 – 11:00 Introduction to Methods North West (compulsory for new starters)
Methods North West is an interdisciplinary and innovative methodological training initiative for researchers across the North West. It highlights the depth and breadth of the North West’s methodological expertise in the social sciences, bringing together training initiatives from all four of the NWSSDTP partner institutions. In this session, the MNW Director Dr Admos Chimhowu will introduce the scheme and outline opportunities for postgrads to get involved, particularly in relation to the Methods X Programme which is compulsory for all NWSSDTP-funded students.
11:00 – 12:00 Careers and Employability Panel
Chaired by University of Manchester NWSSDTP Institutional Lead, Professor Sue Heath
- Sebastian Flennerhag, Research Scientist at Google DeepMind (Artificial Intelligence applications)
- Jen Taub, US Energy Information Administration (Research/analytics)
- Andrew McCalden, Civil Servant at the Crown Commercial Service
- Kirsty Morrin, Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Liverpool
In this session we will consider the sorts of careers that our postgraduate researchers pursue on completing their PhDs and will outline the support that is available to you as a postgraduate researcher in preparing for life after your PhD, whether that finds you working in the university sector or in other sectors. And we will also be joined by a panel consisting of former NWSSDTP postgraduate researchers, as well as those near completion, who are now in researcher roles in various contexts to hear about their experiences and to give you the opportunity to ask questions of them.
12:30 – 13:00 Guidance on Applying for an Internship
NWSSDTP Students have the opportunity to apply for funding and a funding extension to undertake an internship, through the NWSSDTP Internship Scheme. In this brief session, the NWSSDTP team will outline the details of the scheme and how to apply. There will also be an opportunity to hear from a current NWSSDTP student who has recently benefitted from taking part in this initiative. We intend to leave plenty of time for questions at the end of the session, if you would like further advice on your specific plans.
14:30 – 15:30 ESRC Postdoctoral Fellows Session
Moderated by Lancaster University NWSSDTP Institutional Lead, Dr Julia Gillen
The ESRC and NWSSDTP fund a small cohort of Postdoctoral Fellows each year, who are supported to undertake a one year postdoctoral project shortly after completing their PhDs. In this session, we will hear about the research undertaken by past and present fellows across a range of disciplines:
- Dr Judit Fazekas, University of Liverpool: ‘Prediction and language acquisition’
- Dr Carol Gray, University of Liverpool: ‘From informed consent to shared decision-making’
- Dr Lenny Hodges, Lancaster University: ‘A Company State of Mind: The Textual Worlds of the Compagnie des Indes, 1719-1769’
- Dr Stefano Locatelli, University of Manchester: The Political Economy and Culture of Money in the late Middle Ages: The Gold Florin of Florence, 13th-14th Centuries
- Dr Leo Singer, University of Liverpool: ‘Time to break the chains: Advancing biosocial understanding of multimorbidity’
- Dr Andy Yuille, Lancaster University: ‘Experiments in democracy: Knowing and caring in neighbourhood planning and beyond’
Wednesday 25th November
10:00 – 14:00 Joint ERSC-AHRC DTP Impact Event
This Joint AHRC NWCDTP & ESRC NWSSDTP Impact Event will offer postgraduate researchers information, guidance and practical exercises to develop skills that will enable them to explore the wider context and impact of their research. Please note this session will be capped at 40 participants as it is an interactive session.
Thursday 26th November
10:00 – 13:00 Pathway Sessions (compulsory for new starters)
Each NWSSDTP Pathway will meet on the morning of the 26th November, where academic Pathway Representatives will moderate a discussion about the research taking place within the pathway and plan future pathway activity with new and continuing students.
14:00 – 14:30 Guidance on Applying for an Overseas Institutional Visit
NWSSDTP Students have the opportunity to apply for funding and a funding extension to undertake an Overseas Institutional Visit (OIV), through the NWSSDTP OIV Scheme. In this brief session, the NWSSDTP team will outline the details of the scheme and how to apply. There will also be an opportunity to hear from a current NWSSDTP student who has recently benefitted from taking part in this initiative. We intend to leave plenty of time for questions at the end of the session, if you would like further advice on your specific plans.
14:30 – 15:00 Guidance on Applying for Overseas Fieldwork Funding
NWSSDTP Students have the opportunity to apply for funding to undertake Overseas Fieldwork , through the NWSSDTP Overseas Fieldwork Funding Scheme. In this brief session, the NWSSDTP team will outline the details of the scheme and how to apply. There will also be an opportunity to hear from a current NWSSDTP student who has recently benefitted from taking part in this initiative. We intend to leave plenty of time for questions at the end of the session, if you would like further advice on your specific plans.
Friday 27th November
10:00 – 13:00 PhD Life, balance, well-being and resilience: an experiential session
How to approach your PhD in a way that brings out the best in you while sustaining your personal resilience and well-being? The PhD experience can pull you in all sorts of directions as you learn more about your field, navigate the desires of your supervisors, grapple with the challenges of fieldwork or struggle with your writing. And there is balancing all that with the rest of life. The PhD experience is varied, with PhD researchers sometimes finding they are overwhelmed, feel a lack of direction, struggle to sustain motivation, lose confidence and don’t always know the best way to find support. And, it’s also possible to enjoy it and feel satisfaction with the process!
Recognising the challenges of PhD life are varied, this interactive and experiential session creates an opportunity to step back and ask: What really matters to me and how can I make that central? How do I get in my own way, and what might I do to manage that? What’s possible for me and how can I support that? Through the workshop you’ll learn you are not alone in your hopes and fears and will pick up key self-coaching skills that will help you connect your vision for your PhD with your everyday PhD life, resilience and well-being. The session will be run by Will Medd. He’s been a PhD student, a PhD Supervisor and for the past 10 years has coached PhD students and academics from a wide range of disciplines and stages as a Life Coach and Meditation teacher. You can find more about Will at www.academiclives.com
Please note this session will be capped at 30 participants as it is an interactive session.