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WRDTC Welcome Event 2015

Date - Friday, 23rd October 2015 (10:00 am - 4:30 pm)



All new PhD Social Sciences doctoral researchers from the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York are warmly invited to attend the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre Welcome Event, 23 October 2015, at Sheffield United Football Club, Bramall Lane, Sheffield.

This is a compulsory event for ESRC funded students.

This is the first of the WRDTC events and conferences in 2015-16 and forms one part of the wide range of training events and courses offered to our post graduate research community.

The day begins with a welcome from the WRDTC Director, Martin Jones, to the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre and short talks from academic representatives at the Universities of Leeds and York, our training pathways and their doctoral researchers, and our Advanced Qualitative Methods and Advanced Quantitative Methods Network directors.

You will also have the opportunity to meet the current student Academic Quality Committee (AQC) representatives who will explain their role on the AQC as a student member and encourage you to get involved.

Also hear from current doctoral researchers their thoughts on ‘My first year as a doctoral researcher’.

After lunch, time will be set aside for networking and a poster exhibition, you will join other students from your Pathway areas to discuss ideas for future events, training and start to build a dynamic research network in your discipline.

We really enjoy welcoming our new doctoral researchers to the WRDTC social sciences research community and look forward to meeting you all.

Complimentary coach transport to venue from Leeds and York, see booking form below.

Coaches from University of Leeds – the coach will pick up passengers from the Parkinson Building steps at 8:15am for a prompt departure at 8:30am. See http://www.leeds.ac.uk/campus-life for a Campus Map.

Coaches from University of York – the coach will pick up passengers from the bus stop on Innovation Way between the York Plasma Institute and the Chemistry Hub on the Science Park, Heslington West at 8:15am for a prompt departure at 8:30am. See http://www.york.ac.uk/np/maps/ for directions to the two car parks on Heslington West.

On arrival in Sheffield, the coaches will park outside the Sheffield United Football Club Cherry Street entrance.  The coaches will pick up from the John Street entrance at 16.30 for departure back to Leeds and York.

Poster Exhibition: Current students who would like to participate in the Welcome Event and exhibit a poster are requested to complete this Submission Form and also book onto the event.

Programme of the Day (Note: Timing may change)

10:00-10:15 Registration and refreshments on arrival

10:15-10:30 Welcome &  Introduction to the White Rose DTC, Martin Jones – Director of DTC, University of Sheffield

10:30-10:45 Pathways – showcase, One of the Training Pathway leaders and students talk about the events and training they ran last year

10:45-10:55 Library and Information Services, What’s available to you as a White Rose DTC researcher

10.55-11.15 Introduction to doctoral training, Dr Glyn Williams, Director of Doctoral Programmes, University of Sheffield 

11.15-11.45 Elevenses – refreshments break 

11.45-13.00 DTC AQC student representatives and other PhD Students from Sheffield, York and Leeds talk about their own experiences of being a PhD student – fieldwork, overseas visits, placements, data collection, developing skills, training opportunities etc


  • Buffet lunch & 2nd and 3rd year PhD student Poster Exhibition 
  • Swap Shop, Networking, PGR Forum registration – sharing ideas, questions, seeking answers 

14.00-15.30 Pathway meetings, Your chance to meet other students in your pathway and plan your networking/training activity for the coming year 

15.30-16.00 Afternoon Tea Break

16.00-16.15 Wrap up and final comments 

16.30 Coaches home  

See previous Induction Events:

To register please complete the WRDTC Welcome Event 2015 Online Registration Form below, ensuring required fields are entered.

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