The May 2021 edition of the ESRC Wales DTP newsletter
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May 2021
Your student reps: TBC (Aberystwyth University), TBC (Bangor University), TBC (Cardiff Metropolitan University), Rachel Phillips and Tracey Rosell (Cardiff University), Rosie Watts (Swansea University) and Aimee Morse (University of Gloucestershire)

Wales DTP Student Teams Community

Due to student workload, it was decided that the next monthly networking meeting will be a low-scale event on 26 May.  It will begin within Teams, and participants will be invited to migrate into Gather Town, a virtual world used for hosting meetings, teaching and hanging out.  

DTP Student Reps also met recently to discuss a DTP mentoring scheme that will go live in the next academic year. They provided some excellent ideas, and will be reaching out to other students in June for comments and views on mentoring. If you have ideas, or would like to discuss the mentoring scheme, do get in touch with your Reps through the Teams community.

Black Future Dr

Black Future Dr is a South West DTP-run podcast dedicated to showcasing the experiences of black doctoral students in the UK. This includes PhD students, as well as students doing professional and medical doctorates. There will be 12 episodes in total, each focusing on a different student studying a different subject at a different institution. Each episode is 20 minutes long and discusses a variety of topics, including supervision, motivation, mentorship and non-traditional pathways.  Episodes are released weekly and can be listened to via Acast as well as on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Deezer.

For further details about Black Future Dr, visit the SWDTP website.

Turing-LIDA Data Study Groups

Data Study Groups (DSGs) are intensive ‘collaborative hackathons’, bringing together external organisations with talented multi-disciplinary researchers. Acting as ‘Challenge Owners’, organisations put forth real-world problems to be tackled by small teams of selected Researcher Participants. The DSG challenges will focus on the areas of urban, geospatial and consumer data.  The DSG will take place as an online event over 2 weeks 12-23 July.  Participants will need to attend for the full two weeks, as well as to take part in some training and introductory sessions in the precursor week commencing 5 July. PhDs, postdocs and other early career researchers are encouraged to apply.

The deadline for applications is 2 June. Further information on the DSG and how to apply can be found on LIDA’s website.

WISERD Summer Series and Poster Competition

In place of its usual annual conference, WISERD is hosting a Summer Series, which will take place from 5-9 July.  The Summer Series will consist of four events exploring some of WISERD’s established and developing research areas.  The events are free and open to all but would be of particular interest to academic researchers and people working in the areas of migration, wellbeing and food networks.  For further information about the Summer Series, visit the WISERD website.

As part of the Summer Series, the Wales DTP and the Learned Society of Wales are supporting a PhD Poster competition. There are prizes of £200 worth of book tokens for 'winning poster' and 'winning poster presentation'.  Abstracts for posters must be submitted to WISERD by 21 June.  For further details, including poster and presentation guidelines, visit the WISERD website.


Congratulations to Wales DTP students Sian Hughes (Empirical Studies in Law, Cardiff University), Eira Jepson (Global Language Based Area Studies, Cardiff University) and Rhiannon Maniatt (Criminology, Cardiff University), on their recent successful applications for a Welsh Government internship.  Sian will be working on a project entitled 'Synthesis of Existing Evidence to inform Policy Thinking', Eira will work on a project entitled ‘'COVID 19 Research Review', while Rhiannon will work with stakeholder organisations looking at Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence.  Eira and Rhiannon will commence their internships in May, while Sian will commence in June.

UK Research Supervision Survey

The UKCGE have launched the UK Research Supervision Survey (UKRSS) – a national survey offering those involved in research supervision an opportunity to share their experiences of supervising doctoral candidates. The survey is open to all those involved in supervising doctoral candidates enrolled at a UK HEI, whether they are supervising in a formal or informal capacity, partly based in industry, or located somewhere other than the UK. The findings will help the UKCGE and the wider postgraduate community better understand the complexity of contemporary research supervision and how it is recognised and rewarded.

UKRI and the Wellcome Trust are both supporting the survey, which closes on 31 May.

Dates for the Diary

2nd Deadline for applications for Turing-LIDA Data Study Groups
21st Deadline for submission of poster abstracts for WISERD Summer Series
22nd-23rd Introduction to machine learning for causal analysis using observational data 
30th Deadline for applications for Wales DTP Small Grants 

5th-9th WISERD Summer Series
6th-8th Questionnaire Design for Mixed-Mode, Web and Mobile Surveys

Keep an eye on the DTP online diary for updates

DTP Small Grants

Despite the current situation, there is still plenty of potential and support for the submission of applications for DTP small grant activities, and to plan collaborations that can be done virtually, for example via webinars. We welcome proposals for our next small grant applications call, with a closing date of 30 June 2021.  Further information and an application form can be found on the DTP website.

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