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).._

PhD Placement Opportunities through Digital Catapult

Digital Catapult is currently developing PhD placement opportunities, some of which have a social science dimension which are worth looking out for.

The Machine Intelligence Garage (in association with CAP-AI, London’s first AI enabling programme focused on stimulating growth in London’s AI cluster) will enable participating companies to access hard to find technical talent. A description of the companies for the current cohort can be found here: CAP-AI – summary research projects

New companies are coming through the scheme every 10 weeks and Digital Catapult plan to update their website regularly with more opportunities.

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.

Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network – March 2018

The Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network comprises a shared skills training programme allowing research students in the participating institutions to enhance their generic research skills and personal transferable skills, through attending training courses and workshops at other member institutions. UBEL DTP students are eligible for all BPSN courses.

Their website is continuously updated throughout the year with new developmental opportunities for postgraduate researchers.

Upcoming Courses

 Date  Course Title  Places
14 Mar Postgraduate Funding: Considering the Alternatives for Research Students Waiting List
15 Mar Overcoming Writer’s Block for Research Students Available
15 Mar Publication Workshop 2: Publication Ethics Available
15 Mar UCL Careers Workshops
Marketing Yourself in Person
15 Mar Teaching Skills for the PhD Student Available
16 Mar Teaching Arts in Higher Education
12 January – 23 March 2018
16 Mar Open Academy Workshops
Boosting Your Online Profile
Waiting List
17 Mar Saturday symposia for part-time researchers
Essentials of Viva Preparation & Generating Grant Funding
17 Mar Python: the Swiss Army Knife for Researchers Waiting List
17 Mar History, Ethnography and Memory Available
19 Mar Key Concepts in Science and Technology Studies
Communicating Risk and Uncertainty in a Complex World
19 Mar Postgraduate Funding: Considering the Alternatives Available
19 Mar Qualitative Interviewing Waiting List
20 Mar Animal Research: Critical, Challenging & Creative Thinking
(theme: integrity)
20 Mar Working ethically with children and young people as research participants Available
20 Mar Using LaTeX for Scientific Writing
6, 13 and 20 March 2018
Waiting List
21 Mar Introduction to Research Support and Integrity
(theme: integrity)
21 Mar UCL Careers Workshops
Academic Career Planning
21 Mar Exploring Gender in Management Studies
21 March and 4 June 2018
22 Mar Open Academy Workshops
Open Futures
22 Mar Introduction to Public Engagement  Available
23 Mar Preparing to Submit Your Thesis – Points to Consider Available
26 Mar Your PhD Part 1 – Reading for a PhD – The First Important Steps Waiting List
27 Mar Your PhD Part 2 – Management Skills for Researchers Available

To browse other courses, find further details and to book places, please visit the Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network website.

ESRC Research Methods Festival 2018

Bookings have opened for the 8ᵗʰ ESRC Research Methods Festival, which will be held from 3–5 July 2018 at the University of Bath. This year’s Festival is highly relevant to postgraduate students, including advanced methodological sessions but also introductory ‘what is’ sessions.

The provisional programme is available from the NCRM website. There is also a poster competition for research students.

To book, visit the NCRM website. Early-bird booking is available until 20 April.

If you’re a UBEL DTP student and interested in attending the festival, remember that the DTP can pay fees, travel and accommodation expenses through your personal RTSG budget. Please contact the DTP team for further information.