The June/July 2022 edition of the ESRC Wales DTP newsletter
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June/July 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)

Welsh Government Internship Opportunities

The Wales DTP is pleased to offer three internship opportunities with the Welsh Government, working on specific projects covering a range of topics: Evidence synthesis to inform Education policy; Tech Valleys programme evaluation scoping, and Research and analysis to support just transition to Net Zero.  These are open to any ESRC Wales DTP funded student (except those within 3 months of the start or end of their studentship).  It is anticipated that the internships will be conducted remotely, commencing in Autumn 2022 for a period of 3-6 months full-time or the part-time equivalent.  Successful applicants will get an extension to their PhD equivalent to the duration of the internship.  The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 5 August.

Full project descriptions and details on how to apply are available on the Wales DTP website.

Academic Publishing and Open Access

Earlier this month, the Wales DTP held an online training session on academic publishing and open access.  Participants heard from publishing experts on writing an article and how to get published, finding a journal and the peer review process.  The session also included a talk on the benefits of open access, categories of open access and how to achieve them, and open access policy and requirements.  A recording of the talks is now available via the DTP's online materials website.

Wales DTP Methods Blog

Wales DTP student Catrin Edwards-Greaves (Sociology, Cardiff University) is taking over the role of editor of the Wales DTP methods blog, and has a number of ideas to help develop the blog.  Catrin says "I’m passionate about engaging people with research, and I am looking forward to learning about research from a range of disciplines. If you’d like to showcase your work, please get in touch. I’m interested in: creating a series of blogs based on research into the same topic but highlighting different methodological approaches; tapping into current events and ‘celebration’ days to highlight methods used in relevant research (e.g. Refugee week, Black History Month); incorporating video and other ways of communicating into the blog besides text. I would also like to include more Welsh language blogs. Even if you aren’t 100% fluent, I’d love to hear from you. I’m compiling a list of DTP students who are interested in writing in Welsh. If this is you, please get in touch: there’s no obligation to provide a blog post straight away.  Read more from Catrin on the DTP website.

Market Research Society Pilot Internships

The ESRC is partnering with the Market Research Society to pilot 3-month internships with their business and industry members, and is offering opportunities hosted by FlexMR, Firefish Group, National Residential Landlords Association and Bulbshare.  The internships are open to any ESRC Wales DTP funded student and successful applicants will receive an extension to their PhD equivalent to the duration of the internship.

Further details are available via the DTP website.  The application deadline is 8 July.

ESRC Data Infrastructure Strategy

The recently published ESRC Data Infrastructure Strategy will guide the ESRC's investment in data collections and services to support research in the social sciences, and will also ensure that new opportunities to use data for public benefit are pursued.  The strategy is built around five broad pillars, underpinned by a series of related objectives and a delivery plan to drive their implementation in the near term, up to 2024, and beyond to 2027.  For any questions or comments about the Strategy contact the ESRC Data Infrastructure team.

CAST / Wales DTP Internship Opportunity

The Wales DTP is pleased to offer an internship opportunity with the Cast Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST).  The internship will include working on a project which explores preferred visions of low-carbon societies, and/or a project which aims to co-design and deliver interventions to achieve emission reductions and wider sustainability benefits in collaboration with organisations such as the Welsh Government, Cardiff Council, and Anglian Water.  The internship is open to any ESRC Wales DTP funded student (except those within 3 months of the start or end of their studentship) and will commence in autumn 2022 for a period of 3 months (full-time or the part-time equivalent).  The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 22 July.  For a full project description and application details, visit the Wales DTP website.

Wales DTP Appoints New Postdoctoral Fellows

The Wales DTP offers its congratulations to seven fellows who have recently been appointed under the 2022 ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme.   Each of the fellows will be associated with a DTP pathway: Empirical Studies in Law for Matthew Watkins (based at Cardiff University); Politics and International Relations for Hannah West (Cardiff University); Social Work and Social Care for Ed Janes (Cardiff University); Psychology for Ionana Mihai (Bangor University); Social Policy for Sandra Pertek (Cardiff University); Journalism and Democracy for Nadia Haq and Wen Ma (Cardiff University).


Congratulations to Wales DTP students Atlee Deeming (Linguistics, Swansea University) and Darius Klibavicius (Education, Cardiff University) on their recent successful applications for a Welsh Government internship.  Both will be working on a project looking at the Wales strategy for education equity, for a 3-month period over the summer.

Wales DTP Student wins Public Value Award

The 2nd Welsh Post-Graduate Research Conference (WPGRC), in Business/Management and Economics took place on 16 June, in Cardiff. Hosted by Cardiff Business School and supported by the Wales DTP,  it attracted students from the universities of Bangor, Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, and Swansea. Over 80 students shared their research in oral or poster presentations.  The Public Value Award was given to Wales DTP student Tracey Rosell (Management & Business, Cardiff University) for her presentation on ‘When the War went to emergency surgery: contextual contestation and perceptions of leadership for surgical teams’. The Award was made for ‘an outstanding presentation in terms of addressing important societal challenges, advancing knowledge in line with sustainable development goals and contributing to a better understanding of responsible business and management practices’.

Global Language Based Area Studies Conference 2022

The Global Language Based Area Studies Conference 2022 was held on 6-7 June, in Cardiff. Hosted by the School of Modern Languages, supported by the Wales DTP and the Department of Politics and International Relations, the event was attended by doctoral students from the Wales DTP, South Coast DTP and Midlands Graduate School.  It brought the area studies cohort together, and gave students access to academics with internationally recognised expertise on different research methodologies across a vast interdisciplinary field including African, European, Eurasian, Indian Ocean, North American, Russian and Chinese studies.  To read more about the event, visit the Wales DTP website.

Dates for the Diary

8 Deadline for applications for Market Research Society Pilot Internships
12 Radical Research Ethics

3-4 Participatory Action Research (PAR): Equitable Partnerships and Engaged Research

Keep an eye on the DTP online diary for updates

NCRM MethodsCon

Applications are now open for MethodsCon, a new in-person event organised by the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM).  The event is free to attend and will feature more than 30 sessions on methods in health and social science research.  It takes place in Manchester on 13-14 September.  To find out more, visit the NCRM website.
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