Is it just me? Discussing mental health and the PhD experience

Date: 30 January 2019

Time: 16:00 – 18:00

Location: Mason Lecture Theatre in Bancroft Building (no. 31 on the map), Queen Mary University of London, Mile End.

This event aims to raise awareness of mental health issues among PhD students and will consist of talks by invited academics who have worked on the topic, a panel discussion and questions from audience members. A reception will follow at the Bancroft building foyer from 18:00.

For more information, including abstracts and bios, and to register, please visit:

Registration is free and open to everyone.

The SPERO (Santander PhD Entrepreneurship Opportunity) Programme

The Santander PhD Entrepreneurship Opportunity (SPERO) is a diverse programme of training courses, aiming to improve understanding of entrepreneurship mind-set by the UCL PhD community.

The programme is sponsored by Santander Bank and is delivered in partnership with the Doctoral Skills Development Team. Participating students will receive 2 training points per each training day.

All programme participants get an opportunity to meet with a Business Acceleration Advisor and discuss their ideas with them throughout the programme.

You can register for this programme via Doctoral Skills Development website –

For more information on how the programme is delivered, please see the SPRERO Overview Document.

NCRM Courses for 2019

The National Centre for Research Methods are offering new training courses for 2019. We will be announcing more courses as they are finalised, but here are the confirmed courses for 2019 so far:

Quant for qual researchers | 8-10 January | Cardiff

Longitudinal structural equation modelling with R | 31 January – 1 February | Southampton

Understanding small areas: spatial analysis of population & neighbourhood data | 7-8 February | Manchester

Accessing data quality and disclosure risk in numeric data | 20 February | London

How to write your methodology chapter | 26 February | Southampton

Introduction to GIS | 4-7 March | Southampton

Introduction to latent class analysis | 14-15 March | Manchester

Introduction to spatial data and using R as a GIS | 27 March | Southampton

Spatial interaction modelling | 28-29 March | London

Introduction to data linkage and analysing linked data | 1-2 April | London

Using creative research methods | 3 April | Cardiff

Interpretive political science | 20-22 May | Southampton

Introduction to spatial data and using R as a GIS | 23 May | London

Drawing, multimodality & interaction analytics | 28 November | London

As a rule, our courses cost £30 a day for UK/EU students and £60 a day for UK/EU academics, researchers or public service staff. More details on specific course costs are available by clicking the above links.

For more information about our training courses, please visit:

PhD Internship Opportunity at the Royal Institution

The Royal Institution (Ri) is looking for an intern to start in mid to late January 2019 to assist the Ri team with preparation for the Big Bang Fair in March 2019. This placement will involve working with the Ri during the peak period for science engagement with schools in the UK, the period around National Science Week. Due to the focus of the internship, the dates are not flexible.

The role is based in Central London (with the requirement to travel to Birmingham for the Big Bang Fair) so students will be expected to base themselves within or near to London for the period of the placement.

The closing date for receipt of applications is midnight on Tuesday 4th December 2018 and interviews are scheduled to be held during week commencing 17th December 2018.

Please find the job description for the internship here: Big Bang Fair intern JD

More information about the Ri’s internship programme and details on individual placements, timeframes and how to apply can be found here:

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Summer Programme 2019

The JSPS Summer Programme provides the opportunity for current MPhil or PhD students to receive a one-week orientation on Japanese culture and research systems on arrival and then move to a host institution in Japan of their choice and approved by JSPS, to conduct collaborative research activities for two months during the summer.

For the 2019 Programme, 18 fellowship places are available for UK nationals.

Value of award: Return international airfare, maintenance allowance (534,000, JPY), research support allowance (158,500 JPY) and overseas travel and accident insurance policy are provided.

Eligibility: Applicants must be a UK national and a current MPhil or PhD student based at a UK university or research institution at the time of application. Eligible research fields are not limited.

Applications should be sent to the British Council Tokyo. A link to application guidelines and form are available on the JSPS London website here:

Also, reports written by former UK JSPS Summer Programme Fellows about their experiences of this programme can be found on the JSPS London website at the following link:

For any Enquiries please e-mail:

Please note the deadline for applications is 23:59 GMT on 15th January 2019. The Fellowship is to take place during the fixed period 11th June 2019 to 21st August 2019.