The March 2022 edition of the ESRC Wales DTP newsletter
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March 2022
Your student reps: TBC (Aberystwyth University), TBC (Bangor University), Megan James (Cardiff Metropolitan University), Rachel Phillips and Tracey Rosell (Cardiff University), Rosie Watts (Swansea University) and Aimee Morse (University of Gloucestershire)

Wales DTP Capabilities & Careers Conference: Methods for Critical Social Science

We are delighted to announce the programme for our annual ESRC Wales DTP Capabilities and Careers Conference.  Our focus this year is on Methods for Critical Social Science, building on the work of our DTP community on exclusion and diversity in wider society and in the academy.  We will be joined by leading academics, as well as post-doctoral and doctoral researchers, sharing their achievements and insights on methodology and research practice.  Lectures and workshops will allow all our students to enhance their own skills and widen their approaches to social science research.

We are honoured that the conference will be opened by Judge Ray Singh CBE, Chair of Race Council Cymru.  Our distinguished keynote speaker will be Professor Sara Ryan, Oxford University, a pioneer of qualitative research methods on health and social care with a particular focus on learning disability and autism.

The conference will take place online on 27-28 April.  It is free of charge and is open to all Wales DTP students.  For further information and bookings, visit the Wales DTP website.

UK-Canada Globalink Doctoral Exchange Programme: Call now Open

This is an opportunity for UKRI and Canadian doctoral students to participate in a research exchange scheme between the UK and Canada. Supported by UKRI and Mitacs, up to 200 UK doctoral candidates will have the opportunity for 12-week research placements in Canadian universities; a similar number of Canadian students will visit UK universities. Placements will take place between 1 August 2022 and 31 July 2023 and students must be able to start their placement before the end of their funded period of study.

For further information and how to apply visit the UKRI website.  The deadline for applications is 26 April.

ESRC STEPS Centre: Pathways to Sustainability

The ESRC STEPS Centre is currently running a free online course on Pathways to Sustainability.  The Course is aimed at a range of audiences, but particularly PhD students and early career researchers.  It gives an introduction to the STEPS Centre's core conceptual approach, the Pathways Approach to sustainability.  Participants will be encouraged to think about the roles of knowledge and uncertainty, policy processes, technology and innovation, and resource politics.  Participants will also explore how methods link research with action.

The course is free of charge and there is no time limit.  For more information, visit the STEPS website.

Internship Opportunity at the Royal Institution

The Royal Institution (RI) is looking for a PhD student to take on an internship as a Science Presenter Intern in their Young Scientist Centre for a 3-month placement to gain experience of presenting to a group of young people in an engaging, educational environment and to receive training in science communication.  The internship is from May to July 2022, with some flexibility.  The closing date for applications is 5 April.  Further information is available on the Royal Institution website.

Any DTP student interested in applying for the internship will need to contact the Wales DTP to discuss their application and seek support for a 12-week funded extension to their stipend, by no later than 1 April.

Wales DTP Joins Social Science Reseach Park SBARC / SPARK

This month, the ESRC Wales DTP team took up residence in Cardiff University’s new home for social science research. The largest facility of its kind in Wales, the Social Science Research Park (Sbarc / Spark) brings together researchers, entrepreneurs, student start-ups and academic spinouts in a state-of-the-art building at the heart of Cardiff Innovation Campus.  The Sbarc / Spark hub opened its doors on St David's Day, 1 March.  The ESRC Wales DTP team is co-located alongside up to 400 social science researchers, including research group WISERD.


Congratulations to Wales DTP student Shonagh White (Psychology, Swansea University), on her recent successful application for a Welsh Government internship.  Shonagh will be working on a 3-month project which involves review and synthesis of research on the impacts of the pandemic and disruption to learning, education system recovery and future resilience.  Shonagh will commence her internship in April.

The DTP also extends its congratulations to Wales DTP students Patricia Jimenez (Science & Technology Studies, Cardiff University), Celia Netana (Management & Business, Cardiff University),  Hannah Richards (Politics & International Relations, Cardiff University), and Joseph Thurgate (Politics & International Relations, Aberystwyth University), on their recent successful applications to undertake a UKRI Policy Internship.

New Deal for Postgraduate Research: Call for Input

UKRI has launched a call for input on the New Deal for Postgraduate Research, to seek views and comments from those with an interest in postgraduate research training.  Responses are welcome from anyone interested or involved in postgraduate research training in the UK, either as an individual, organisation or group. As set out in the call for input, the ESRC Review of the PhD in the Social Sciences is viewed as an important contribution to the evidence base for the new deal work. Therefore, in responding to the call there is no requirement to duplicate information provided through the review, rather relevant parts of the review can be referenced.  Full information is available on the UKRI website and on UKRI's engagement hub.

The deadline for responses is 17 May.  Any questions or comments regarding the call for input should be directed to

Dates for the Diary

1st An introduction to critical discourse analysis
5th Deadline for applications for Royal Institution Placement
5th Introduction to R for Life and Social Sciences
5th Introduction to the UK Data Service
6th Data Analysis in R
20th-21st Participatory Action Research: Equitable Partnerships and Engaged Research
26th Closing date for applications to UK-Canada Globalink Exchange Programme
27th-28th Capabilities and Careers Conference: Methods for Critical Social Science

Keep an eye on the DTP online diary for updates

Is Your Research Profile Up-to-Date?

The Wales DTP website includes an online research profile of almost all Wales DTP students.  Your research profle is a way of showcasing your work to fellow researchers and to the wider community, and can help you to make valuable connections.  View the profiles of DTP students and update your own profile at any time.
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