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DTC Matters Issue No3. July 2013

July 12, 2013


Welcome to the third edition of the White Rose Social Sciences DTC newsletter; “DTC Matters”. The White Rose Doctoral Training Centre was launched in November 2011. Read more

This newsletter is issued quarterly and includes News and Events, Training and Development Opportunities, Pathway News, ESRC News and Opportunities for Getting Involved.

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With summer under way and the 2012-13 academic year drawing to a close, we look back at the events which have taken place over the last few months.

dtcIn April the DTC hosted this year’s ESRC final year conference. The event took place at the Cutlers’ Hall in Sheffield on 24th April and was attended by almost 200 social sciences students from across the UK. The night before the conference, delegates had the unique opportunity to spend “A Night at the Museum”, at a networking event at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield. Take a look at what Sheffield PhD student reporter Stephen McGlynn said about the event.

Rupert Becket Lecture TheatreIn May the annual DTC conference “The Methods Mix,  saw students from across the DTC come together in Leeds to listen to inspirational keynote speakers, to experts on Advanced Quantitative Methods, and to other students discussing their methods choices, as well as presenting posters showcasing their research. For those who weren’t able to join us and for those who would like to be reminded of what happened on the day. Take a look at what York PhD student reporter Catherine Smith said about the event.

The DTC Collaborators Club Scheme was launched in May 2013. This aims to support Pathways to enhance their external relationships, by offering funding to extend existing relationships and to pursue new ones. Collaborators should involve organisations outside the three White Rose Universities, such as businesses, government bodies and agencies, voluntary and community sectors, including NGOs etc., and work with the Pathway on a range of activities, potentially developing further into the development of studentships opportunities, internships, joint grant bids, etc. The WRDTC will run a large scale Regional Collaborators Club event in 2014 with participation from members of the new Collaborators Club. Read more……


382June and July 2013, saw the launch of the first WR DTC Advanced Training Series 2013 with workshops and master classes taking place in Leeds and York. Specialists of particular aspects of the social sciences have offered their expertise to create these one-day or half-day sessions targeted to a broad social science audience on topics ranging from the impact of metatheory and reflexivity in qualitative research, to hands-on sessions on GIS and SPSS. These training sessions are open to all social sciences PhD students and early career researchers in Leeds, York and Sheffield (as well as to PhD students from universities out of the DTC, although an attendance fee applies ), and are composed of relatively small groups of 25-30 students, thus offering an environment where group work and discussion are possible. More sessions will be available in the Autumn. Details will be advertised on the training pages of the DTC website, and on the NCRM database.

Looking ahead to the autumn, on Wednesday 2nd October we will be welcoming new students into the DTC with an Induction Event which will be hosted for the first time by the University of York. At this event, new starters will have an opportunity to meet with each others and network with members of their Pathway, sharing ideas. All new DTC students are welcome to attend (whether they are ESRC-funded or not); transport on coaches will be organised from Leeds and Sheffield. The induction event in York will be hosted in the recently opened facilities of the Research Centre for Social Sciences. A booking form will be available shortly.


The WRDTC Psychology Conference: By Students, For Students

11498Date: 28th August 2013 (10:00am – 4:30pm), Jessop West Exhibition Space, University of Sheffield.

This Summer we are excited to be hosting the first White Rose DTC Postgraduate Psychology conference at Sheffield.  The day will comprise of two poster sessions (showcasing research by PhD students from Sheffield, Leeds and York) and a series of short (but sweet) talks from academics and students on things you didn’t know you needed to know about your PhD!

The day will provide an interesting platform for discussion as we have students presenting Psychology related posters on diverse topics such as distractibility in ADHD, understanding environmentally friendly behaviour, and human-robot interactions. We’ll also be giving away prizes for the best posters.

The series of talks are of general interest to all PhD students (not just Psychology) and to reflect this we have invited students from all the social sciences pathways.  So far we have had a great response and attendees from diverse disciplines including Music, Architecture, and Economics.

There will be 6 short talks on the day covering topics that will be useful for students whatever their stage in the PhD: Poster presentations and Networking Tips, The Importance of Impact, Common Problems during your PhD, Making the most of the Media, How to prepare for your VIVA (SurVIVA) and, finally, Next Steps: Post-docs and grants.

The conference is a student-led initiative organised by a group of five 1st year PhD students in Psychology. We suggested this event at the WR DTC Induction event in October last year, as a way to open up communication and collaboration between Sheffield, Leeds and York. We are delighted that we are able to run this conference, and are hoping that the event will be a success and continued next year.

There are still some places to attend the conference and you can register you interest by emailing WRDTC_SummerConference@sheffield.ac.uk

Find out more about the WRDTC Psychology Pathway.


Festival of Social Science 2013

ESRCThis ESRC-sponsored annual festival will take place from 2nd to 9th November 2013. During this time, events will take place across the UK, aiming to “promote and increase awareness of social sciences and ESRC’s research, enable social scientists to engage with non-academics and increase awareness of the contributions the social sciences make to the wellbeing and the economy of the UK society”. Activities are free and include film screenings, exhibitions, workshops, etc., and are designed to involve non-academic audiences and particular groups such as businesses or young people. Extensive information can be found on the Festival website.


ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize

Winners of this new annual competition are selected among ESRC-funded researchers who have demonstrated outstanding impact in economy and society with their research and with their collaborations. The prize ceremony was held on 14th May 2013 in London. This year’s winners included Professor Alan Walker from the University of Sheffield. Click here for more information.

Coming Soon on News:

  • Funding to support Student-Led Networks – focusing on multidisciplinary themes (e.g. gender, sustainability, big data)
  • Funding to support cross-discipline Pathway Events
  • New Advanced Qualitative Methods Development Group
  • New Advanced Quantitative Methods Development Group
  • Next DTC Spring Conference, 20 May 2014, Sheffield.