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Global Entrepreneurship Week at UCL 12 – 18 November 2018

Global Entrepreneurship Week (12 to 18 November 2018) is a celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. 

This year, UCL is celebrating by hosting a range of exciting and inspiring events. At these free events you’ll be able to hear from inspirational entrepreneurs as they share their entrepreneurial journeys so far, see and talk to UCL’s entrepreneurial talent, build on your own business ideas, and network with like-minded peers.

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Home Office Seminar Expression of Interest

The Home Office has an exciting opportunity for doctoral students to present their research findings.



Home Office Analysis and Insight is a directorate within the Home Office employing more than 350 analysts, including social and operational researchers, economists, statisticians and data scientists. Their role is to provide the best possible evidence to underpin policy-making, working in high profile areas such as crime and policing, counter-terrorism, extremism, borders and migration.

We engage closely with the academic community and are keen to keep up with the latest research findings, therefore we’d like to invite doctoral students working in relevant areas to present their research to us.  This opportunity would most likely benefit students in the later stages of their PhD, who have collected their data and are in the process of analysis or writing up. The seminars would last around an hour, with 40 minutes for a presentation by the student and 20 minutes for questions and discussion.  They can be arranged at a time convenient for the student in our offices in Central London or Croydon from April 2019 onwards.



  1. To inform Home Office policy makers of research which may support innovative policy making in their respective policy areas.
  2. To establish relationships between the department and researchers in criminology, crime prevention, migration, and or terrorism developing researchers’ understanding of how their research can be of most use to policy makers.


Benefits to students

This would be a good opportunity for doctoral students to help shape their research to be of use to policymakers and impact critical decision making which ultimately benefits the public and gain experience of presenting research to a policy-focused audience.  It could also provide useful networking opportunities for their future careers. We can pay reasonable travel expenses (a basic return train fare/mileage and arrange refreshments as required.  Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate overnight stay and other expenses?).

Students should submit expressions of interest to we will also be happy to answer any questions relating to this opportunity. Expressions of interest should include the title of the research and an abstract of no more than 250 words.  This does not have to be the final abstract for the presentation, but should include a brief description of the research area and questions, its methodology and any findings to date. You should also indicate your year of study.

We aim to provide a supportive environment for students to present work in progress, so the PhD does not have to be completed to present. Presenters should be currently enrolled in or have recently completed a doctoral programme, either full or part-time, and can be funded from any source. Please feel free to circulate this email to your networks.


The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 30th of November 2018 and we aim to provide brief feedback to all interested students by Friday 25th January 2019.


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ESRC writing competition 2018-19 in partnership with SAGE publishing

The ESRC writing competition aims to encourage and reward outstanding written communication by ESRC-funded students.

Are you an ESRC-funded student? Are you keen to communicate your research to a wider audience? Then the ESRC writing competition, in partnership with SAGE Publishing, is for you.

We want to hear from you about your research: we are keen to support and reward outstanding written communication.

In a change to previous eligibility requirements, the competition is only open to students who are in receipt of ESRC funding on 7 December 2018.

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Young Adults, Inequality and the Generational Divide: Learning and Life Chances in an Era of Uncertainty
15 – 16 November 2018

Registrations are now open for the 2018 Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies (LLAKES) Conference.

Young people in many western countries face declining opportunities across various life domains, including in work, housing and welfare. For several decades now, the ageing of populations, globalisation, and the shift in power from labour to capital, have been increasing inequalities in incomes and wealth, including between generations. Young people have been in the front line of changes in work and welfare, and have generally suffered more than other age groups from the 2008 financial crisis and ensuing austerity. In the UK now, with the added economic uncertainties of Brexit, some would argue that the prospects for millennial youth are worse than for any generation since those born at the turn of the 19th Century. This conference explores the changing opportunities structures for young adults in the context of growing inequality and economic uncertainty. The conference will examine changes in opportunities for young people in different life domains:

  • Young People: Perceptions, Attitudes, Civic Values and Political Engagement
  • Young People: education, skills inequalities and the changing nature of work
  • Youth Transitions and Generational Inequalities

Keynote Speakers:

  • Sir Vince Cable MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats
  • Kate Pickett, Professor of Epidemiology, University of York
  • Andy Green, Professor of Comparative Social Science and LLAKES Centre Director, UCL Institute of Education
  • Francis Green, Professor of Work and Education Economics, LLAKES Centre, UCL Institute of Education


Day 1 – Thursday 15 November – Mary Ward House Conference Centre, 5-7 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9SN – 9.30am – 5pm
Day 2 – Friday 16 November – Senate House Conference Venue, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU – 9.30am – 5pm
The 2-day conference is free to attend, but places are limited and attendance will be by prior registration only. If you would like to attend please register via Eventbrite by Thursday 1st November 2018.

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP SKILLS: How they can help you during your social sciences studies

A few places are still available at the forthcoming one-day workshop in entrepreneurship skills for PhD students at the UBEL-DTP.

Why is this workshop relevant to you?

  • Provides a comprehensive introduction to entrepreneurial thinking and its applicability to research and/or career outside of academia
  • Draws on relevant and current case studies from your subject area
  • Gives practical advice on how to start developing your own entrepreneurship skills and mind-set, e.g. spot opportunities, maximise resources and improve personal effectiveness.


Date and time: 15 November 2018 from 9:30 am until 5:00 pm.

Venue: Base KX, 103a Camley Street, London, N1C 4PF

Please register to attend this course: