Focus: York Research Centre for Social Sciences

rcss1The newly established Research Centre for the Social Sciences (RCSS) opened on the York campus in April 2013. This flagship new Centre, hosted in a dedicated building, provides all social science disciplines with additional research facilities to complement those within departments. The RCSS will facilitate and expand leading research in the social sciences at York and provide an interdisciplinary research culture and environment. It will also be the York home for the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) activities. The new building provides accommodation for about eighty doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, as well as visiting scholars and research groups. It will host training events, conferences and formal and informal meetings for researchers at doctoral level and above (doctoral students, early career researchers and staff).


The RCSS endeavours to promote social science research at York. It will particularly focus on fostering interdisciplinary / interdepartmental collaborations, and advanced research training.


Facilities include: a state of the art Training Suite, an Executive Boardroom, meeting rooms of various sizes, and two interview rooms, as well as an Auditorium and Foyer, a Seminar Room, and a Focus room suite (located in another building). Most of the space will be occupied by doctoral students, to whom RCSS will offer a mixture of permanent and shared desks, as well as comfortable areas for socialising.

Research Training and Research Events for Doctoral Students and Staff

rcss3The RCSS will contribute to the education and training of social science doctoral students, early career researchers and staff. It will host both research training and researcher (‘transferable’) skills training, and all DTC events. The Centre aims at bringing under one roof seminars, workshops and other research events that are currently taking place on campus, and that appeal to researchers from more than one department or discipline. Such events will attract researchers from our partner institutions, such facilitating networking for our staff and doctoral students and raising the profile of York research. The Centre will provide facilities to support initiatives by doctoral students and staff, offering space for student-led research activities, such as reading groups, and informal by-staff-and-for-staff research activities. It will aim at helping specific groups of researchers to network and establish mutual support, for instance by hosting informal lunches for female researchers in the social sciences.

Beyond Research: Social Events and the Local Community

RCSS will also offer an exciting calendar of social events for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers. Finally, the Centre will reach out to the local community by hosting an annual high-profile York Social Science Research Public Lecture.