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UBEL Seminar Series

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We had our first seminar of the new student led UBEL Seminar Series on Monday 6th December and Layal Husain and Zahra Siddiqui presented their PhD work on the theme of Education, Psychology and Language. The seminar series gives UBEL PhD students a chance to share their PhD research, get experience presenting, to connect with other DTP students in similar (or completely different) fields and to feel a part of the DTP.

Zahra, a second year based in the Institute of Education at UCL, spoke through her initial analysis of the data from an educational Maths app to understand the mathematical development of children (3-7 years old). Zahra is using data from an app, which has a worldwide use, especially in China and Russia, and has a sample of over 2000 children who have played games on the app. She plans to use Latent Growth Curve Modelling in R, a type of Structural Equation Modelling, due to the longitudinal aspect of the data to analyse the effect of the games over time on mathematical development. Zahra was asked about the possible impacts of the research, and she said it could be used to assess how long educational interventions are needed for in order to influence and positively impact the mathematical attainment and development of the children.

Layal’s talk was on Childhood Bilingualism and Complementary Schools in East London. Layal is based in the Psychology Department at the University of East London and is in the fourth year of her PhD, going into her write-up. Layal spoke through the complex topic of bilingualism and the role complementary schools in Newham (voluntary-run schools for additional and weekend lessons) play in the social, cognitive, and educational outcomes of bilingual primary-school-aged students. She gave a brief overview of some of the longitudinal project’s findings, based on data collected from 153 bilingual children at primary and complementary schools. Layal highlighted how complementary schools do more than just language learning and emphasized the role of active parental and community involvement in bilingualism. To read more about Layal’s research, they recently published a paper based on their first time-point findings which you can find here:

Husain, Layal & Lam, Virginia. (2021). Growing up bilingual: language proficiency, social identities and competences of complementary school-attendees and non-attendees in the UK. Language and Education. 1-17. 10.1080/09500782.2021.1983586.

We had many questions from the audience including on the implications of the research, the modelling approach of Latent Growth Curve Modelling, looking at specific languages and bilingualism in the home as well as how mathematical development can relate to bilingualism and language. It was a really interesting discussion and thank you to our two presenters for their talks.

The next seminar will take place in January after the Christmas break and the schedule for next Term is as follows (with more to potentially be added):

Thursday 13th January at 11am

Becka Hudson (Birkbeck) and Ben Phillips-Farmer (Birkbeck)

Psychiatric Anthropology and Pathways to Homelessness

Monday 24th January at 2pm

Ellie Braithwaite (Birkbeck) and Roisin Perry (UCL)

Psychology, Development and Education

Monday 7th February at 2pm

Lizzie Hughes (Birkbeck) and Mie Astrup Jensen (UCL)

Gendered and Queer Experiences

Monday 21st February at 11am

Caroline Chesang (LSHTM) and Sophie Ayling (UCL)

Medical Statistics, Health and Modelling

Monday 7th March at 2pm

Hannah Reeves (Birkbeck) and James Green (UCL)

Psycho-social studies and Feminist Criminology

Monday 21st March at 2pm

Coirle Magee (UCL) and Lynsey Robinson (UCL)

Education, Development and Migration

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Science Engagement PhD internship opportunity at the Royal Institution

The Royal Institution is looking for a PhD student to take on an internship as Science Engagement Intern to join the Schools Programme for a 3-month placement to gain experience of education outreach and science communication. The internship is from end of February to end of June 2022.

Please find attached the job description. More information is available at https://www.rigb.org/about/work-with-us/programme-placements/phd-internships

Please note, the Ri offers placements for students who are enrolled on a research degree under the Doctoral Training Partnership programme funded by Research Councils including the BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, AHRC and NERC.  These opportunities are only open to PhD students who are eligible for a stipend via their DTP/University/research council in order to undertake a 12 week professional internship. Students should check with their university that they are able to secure funding before applying. They will need to obtain the grant holder’s written permission to undertake the placement, outlining any funding arrangements, before a position can be offered.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 9.00am on Wednesday 12 January.

For any questions, please contact bpoyntz@ri.ac.uk

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PhD research presentations: Term 2

We have a full schedule of seminars for next term with lots more exciting presentations to come. The first one next term will be on Thursday 13th January at 11am and Becka Hudson with present on “Investigating the relationship of psychiatric diagnosis to the British penal state” and Ben Phillips Farmer will present on “Pathways through homelessness: Listening to individuals’ experience and exploring the relationship between structural and individual factors.” Please see poster attached for more details.

The Zoom link for the talk is:

Topic: UBEL Seminar Series 2 – Becka and Ben

Time: Jan 13, 2022, 11:00 AM London

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https://ucl.zoom.us/j/91221979126?pwd=UVBqKzdBZXI2T09wMndiQ3k0VkN5QT09

Meeting ID: 912 2197 9126

Passcode: 405982

Please see the timetable for Term 2 talks below:

Thursday 13th January at 11am

Becka Hudson (Birkbeck) and Ben Phillips-Farmer (Birkbeck)

Psychiatric Anthropology and Pathways to Homelessness

Monday 24th January at 2pm

Ellie Braithwaite (Birkbeck) and Roisin Perry (UCL)

Psychology, Development and Education 

Monday 7th February at 2pm

Lizzie Hughes (Birkbeck) and Mie Astrup Jensen (UCL)

Gendered and Queer Experiences

Monday 21st February at 11am

Caroline Chesang (LSHTM) and Sophie Ayling (UCL)

Medical Statistics, Health and Modelling

Monday 7th March at 2pm

Hannah Reeves (Birkbeck) and James Green (UCL)

Psycho-social studies and Feminist Criminology

Monday 21st March at 2pm

Coirle Magee (UCL) and Lynsey Robinson (UCL)

Education, Development and Migration

If you would like to present in Term 2 or Term 3 or if you have any questions, please get in touch with Laura Sheppard (laura.sheppard.20@ucl.ac.uk)

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IFS PhD enrichment years

The Enrichment scheme offers students currently enrolled on a doctoral programme within the ESRC DTP network the opportunity to join for up to 12 months at the ESRC Institute for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). Students continue their PhD in conjunction with their current supervisor, while enriching their research and making new collaborations during their time at the Institute. 

The aim of the scheme is to enhance the work of doctoral students by providing collaboration and learning opportunities, and to enhance our research community and networks with the inclusion of outstanding students from across the UK. It is our goal to build capacity in the social sciences in the UK more widely, and support and promote research that has a positive impact on society. 

The Enrichment scheme offers placements of up to 12 months at the Institute for Fiscal Studies in London to students undertaking a PhD. 

The scheme has been designed to give students the opportunity to enhance, refresh, and broaden their research by accessing the opportunities available at IFS. The placement should support and enhance the current work towards the PhD thesis and be supported by the student’s supervisor. Students will usually join us in their second or third years to further the work they are undertaking for their research project. There is no ‘typical’ Enrichment student and we welcome students from a broad range of disciplines.

Further details & apply at the IFS website: https://ifs.org.uk/jobs/42

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PhD research presentation: Education, Practice, and Society

Layal and Zahra will be presenting their PhD research on Monday 6th December at 2pm on Zoom on the topic of Education, Language and Psychology.

Please come along to support Layal and Zahra and ask questions about their work, it would be great to see many of you there. The seminars are open to all UBEL DTP students to attend, and supervisors are welcome to join too. The zoom link to the event is:

Topic: UBEL Seminar Series – Seminar 1

Time: Dec 6, 2021, 02:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

https://ucl.zoom.us/j/98422868168?pwd=cW9aTXZCVlZZVmgyTk9UVW91bnNpUT09

Meeting ID: 984 2286 8168

Passcode: 994262

If you would like to present your PhD research in Term 2, please fill in this form https://forms.office.com/r/JzHeyHhrwg as I am currently trying to confirm the dates for talks in Term 2 and it would be great to have more people presenting.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Laura Sheppard (laura.sheppard.20@ucl.ac.uk)