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Session materials – WRDTP Welcome Event 2017

December 18, 2017

On 23 October 2017 over 250 new doctoral researchers from the Universities of Bradford, Hull, Leeds, Manchester Metroplitan, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam and York came together at the White Rose DTP Welcome Event at the University of Leeds, for a busy day of talks, networking and Pathway meetings.

Pathway meetings (10 - 30)This was the first of the WRDTP events and conferences in 2017/18 for social science doctoral researchers and forms part of a wide range of training events and courses offered to our post graduate research community.

The day began with a warm welcome from the Director of the WRDTP, Professor Ruth Blakeley, followed by an introduction to Doctoral Training by Professor Matthew Festenstein (University of) York.

Deirdre Andre; a Research Support Advisor at University of Leeds Library, then outlined the support the students could expect to receive from their university libraries. Professor Ruth Blakeley then spoke about the differing interdisciplinary pathways that the researchers would be following.

After a short break, a session titled ‘My experiences as a Doctoral Researcher’, which proved very popular with our new researchers, focused on the personal experiences of some current WRDTP PhD students:

  • Mostafa Attia: WRDTP AQC Student Representative, Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds
  • Marion Oveson, WRDTP AQC Student Representative, Urban Studies & Planning, University of Sheffield
  • Jet Sanders: Psychology, University of York
  • Martin Heneghan: Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield
  • Sean Butcher: Law, University of Leeds

During the lunch break time was set aside for networking and viewing the student Poster Exhibition entries.

After lunch, the new students attended Pathway meetings; this was a chance to meet the Pathway Directors as well as other students in the Pathway and to start to plan networking/training activities for the coming year.

We really enjoyed welcoming you to the DTP social sciences research community and are already looking forward to seeing you again at our next All Cohort Pathway Training, 1:00-5:00pm, 29 November 2017 session at the University of York.

WRDTP Welcome Event 2017 Gallery

Click the photos below for more images from the event.

DTP welcome 2017