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

Wales DTP Student Teams Community News

At this month’s networking event, students discussed what is meant by ‘good work’ and shared their own work. Discussions were held to analyse the core concepts that can be taken from each piece of work and applied to PHD research across disciplines. Next month’s networking event is ‘A problem shared, is a problem halved’, during which you will be able to discuss your concerns as we come toward the end of the academic year and problem solve them as a group.  Keep an eye on the Research Discussions channel for the Doodle to vote on the date and time of the meeting.

Within the Teams community weekly activities have been set to provoke consideration and discussion across the group. Recent topics have included ‘Expectations of the future of working life’ and ‘Sharing tips for surviving the PHD journey’.

Research During COVID

The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) has produced a wealth of resources on Research methods in Covid-19 times. These can be found on the project’s website in the ‘Resources and Reports’ tab.
and includes the Wayfinder guide to doing ethical research during Covid-19 times
For a current list of NCRM training courses visit the NCRM website.

CLOSER 'Analysing Longitudinal Data' Animation Series

Four new animations introducing methods for the analysis of data from longitudinal studies have been added to the CLOSER Learning Hub. The animation series covers an introduction to longitudinal data analysis, and explanations of how regression analysis, multi-level & growth curve modelling, and survival analysis techniques can be used to examine a variety of research questions.

View the animations on the CLOSER website.

Wales 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 (webinars instead of conferences for example).  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.


Congratulations to DTP student Tesni Galvin (Bilingualism, Swansea University) on her recent successful application for a Welsh Government internship.  Tesni will be working on a project entitled ‘Synthesis and secondary analysis of available social survey and objective data to support assessment of Welsh Government action to tackle COVID-19’, for a 3 month period commencing in April.

Disinformation, Language and Identity

Organised by Wales DTP student Aurora Goodwin (Linguistics, Cardiff University), this interdisciplinary workshop focuses on the interplay of language, identity and disinformation.  It is free to attend and takes place online on 30 April.  Exploring synergies between different approaches to disinformation research can help to answer questions such as: How are dominant narratives of disinformation constructed online? How does fake news circulate across different communities online? How can quantitative methods be used to understand the spread of disinformation? How can qualitative methods be used to understand the construction and spread of disinformation narratives across communities?  Registration opens on 9 April.

Dates for the Diary

20th-28th Introduction to QGIS: Spatial Data and Spatial Analysis
30th Disinformation, Language and Identity

7th How to Write Your Methodology Chapter
10th-12th Getting Personal with Existing Qualitative Data
18th-20th Using Smartphone Sensors, Apps and Wearables in Social Science Research

Keep an eye on the DTP online diary for updates

Transition to New UKRI website

Work will shortly be starting on bringing together the separate web sites of individual research councils into a single UKRI site.  If you would like to have a chance to shape the online experience, do sign up.

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