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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.

Full details at

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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:

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Free NCRM event: ‘Social science methods and automated data algoriths’

The National Centre for Research Methods are running a free event in London next Thursday 1 November on ‘Social science methods and automated data algorithms’.

This ‘Ahead of the Curve’ event will address questions such as:

  • Is there an interface between social science methodology and automated data algorithms (ADA)?
  • What can ADA learn from social science methodology in understanding the social world?
  • What are the implications of ADA for transparency, accountability and fairness?


We have an excellent panel of speakers lined up for the event, including:

  • Reema Patel, Nuffield Foundation: ‘Ensuring data & AI work for people and society’
  • Frederike Kaltheuner, Privacy International: ‘Understanding predictive privacy harms – Orwellian when accurate, Kafkaesque when flawed’
  • Mark Elliot, University of Manchester: ‘AI and privacy – problem or opportunity?’
  • Sofia Olhede, UCL: ‘Data governance and ethics of algorithmic decision-making’
  • Suzy Moat, University of Warwick: ‘Understanding beautiful places with deep learning’


The event is being held at the Urban Innovation Centre from 11am – 4pm, and lunch is included.


For more information and to register your place, visit:


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Social Data Science in Evidence Based Policy Making Event – co-hosted by the ESRC and the Alan Turing Institute (11 and 12 September 2018)

The ESRC and Alan Turing Institute are co-hosting an event exploring Social Data Science in Evidence Based Policy Making. The event will explore the opportunities and challenges for social data science to address diverse social and economic issues in the areas of: Cities and Public Services; Health and Wellbeing; Economy and Trade; Crime and Security. The event is hosted by the Alan Turing Institute at the British Library on 11th and 12th September 2018.

There are 5 places available at this event for current ESRC-funded students with an interest and relevance to the subject area and we are offering bursaries of up to £200 per person to support their attendance.

Interested students should complete the application form below and submit it to ESRC by Friday 24th August 2018.

Student Attendance Application Form – ESRC and Alan Turing Event (Final).._