Innovation Caucus PhD Intern Opportunities

Applications are invited from highly motivated PhD candidates for a three month internship to undertake research to inform the strategy and practice of Innovate UK and ESRC.

The Innovation Caucus is an initiative funded by Innovate UK and the ESRC to support innovation-led growth and promote greater engagement between the social sciences and businesses.

Serving as a gateway to the social sciences, the Innovation Caucus comprises 66 academics working across different disciplines with a focus on innovation. As well as promoting the awareness of and engagement with social science research, the Innovation Caucus is focused on understanding the dynamics of innovation ecosystems.

More information, including details of the internship projects and a person specification, can be found on the ESRC website.

Please note that applications must be received by 12.00 on 1 June 2018.

Runner-up prize for DTP student

Karitiana Man by Raffaela Fryer-Moreira, entry for the Research Images as Art/Art Images as Research: 2017/18 competition

Karitiana Man by Raffaella Fryer-Moreira

DTP student Raffaela Fryer-Moreira (UCL Anthropology) has won a £200 prize for her photograph, ‘Karitiana Man’, in the Research Images as Art / Art Images as Research competition for 2017/18, run by the UCL Doctoral School.

The competition, which takes place every year, was open to all UCL graduate students, and academic staff, either science or arts based. Entrants were invited to submit images associated with their research which have aesthetic appeal.

The first prize went to David Griffiths for his image, ‘Ardara River Swirl’. A gallery of the winners and honorable mentions can be found on UCL News Flickr.

Down to Present – 3 May 2018

Students in the UBEL Doctoral Training Partnership have launched their own student-run seminar series, Down to Present (‘D2P’).

The first seminar will be held at 6.00pm on 3 May at Clarke Hall in the Institute of Education. Details are available from the new D2P’ website:

We plan to make this a monthly event, happening on the first Thursday of the month. We will keep you up to date about the details of each event via e-mail and on the D2P website.

D2P is a space where you can present your work in progress, discuss your current doubts, socialise a conference paper you’re working on or anything else – all within a supportive, interdisciplinary, collegiate environment.

Three speakers will give 10-15-minute presentations followed by a short Q&A session. We’ll then head over to the aul’ Marquis Cornwallis for a couple of pints.

Your Friendly D2P organisers – Max, Kit, Peter & Jane


Research careers inside and outside the University


The DTP held our first careers event, Research careers inside and outside the University, at Mary Ward House., featuring talks from the DTP Director and Dr Chiara Manzoni from the National Institute of Economic Research.

You can find the slides from the presentations at the event below:

Professor Andrew Tolmie (UBEL DTP): Research careers inside and outside the university and Postdoctoral employment: The shift from a ‘career for life’ to a ‘lifetime of careers’ (Dr Richard Freeman). (PPTX, 2.3 MB)

Dr Chiara Manzoni (NIESR): Research careers outside the university (PPTX, 142 KB)

Professor Andrew Tolmie (UBEL DTP): Careers within the university (PPTX, 1.4 MB)

Updated postdoc application form

The ESRC has updated the application form for the Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme, following questions about mentor’s costs and whether these can be directly allocated as well as directly incurred.

Following this, the template has now to include an ‘other costs’ row under the directly allocated in the financial resources table. You can find the updated form at the bottom of the Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme page, and the Application Portal has been updated.