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DTC Matters Issue No7. July 2014

July 30, 2014

banner-yThis newsletter is issued quarterly and includes NEWS AND EVENTS, TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES, PATHWAY NEWS, ‘FEEDBACK ON FEEDBACK’ FROM YOUR STUDENT REPS and ESRC NEWS. If you would like to submit an article for DTC Matters or provide feedback on any of the featured articles, go to ‘News’ and click ‘New Article +’ button.


White Rose DTC third annual Spring Conference – “Impact Through Engagement”

P1010068The third annual spring conference of the WRDTC took place on 20 May 2014 at the University of Sheffield. About 70 students attended and participated in a lively and inspiring programme of talks about research impact and engagement. Students also exhibited their research posters and participated in a poster competition. The winners of the Research Collaboration Essay Competition and of the Supervisor of the Year prize were also announced on the day. To find out more about this year’s conference and the winners of the competitions see the full report here.

ESRC AQM National Student Conference, 24-25 July 2014, University of Sheffield 

The Edge, University of Sheffield.The WRDTC hosted a national event for PhD researchers with an interest in Advanced Quantitative Methods. This was a two-day event starting with a series of afternoon workshops (Adaptive Testing, Latent Class Analysis, Methodological Challenges in Life Course Studies and Respondent Driven Sampling), networking opportunities over dinner and an evening lecture on 24 July, followed by a full day of presentations (including an entertaining head measuring data collection exercise) and talks on the Friday. Students from universities all over the UK attended, and posters were presented by 2nd year students. The Poster Competition winner was Wouter Zwysen who received his prize from Prof. Martin Jones, WRDTC Director.

Outstanding Early Career Impact – Hannah Lambie-Mumford (University of Sheffield) 

HannahWRDTC student Hannah Lambie-Mumford (University of Sheffield, Human Geography Pathway) has been awarded the Outstanding Early Career Impact award at the 2014 ESRC Celebrating Impact awards in June. The Celebrating Impact prizes are awarded annually and represent an opportunity to celebrate the outstanding economic and social impacts achieved by ESRC-funded researchers. Find out more about Hannah’s topical research on food poverty in the UK, and about her success in being awarded this prestigious prize.


WRDTC Student Research Seminars – hosted by the Leeds Social Sciences Institute 

P1000792The Leeds Social Sciences Institute, in conjunction with WRDTC, ran a successful seminar series led by a multidisciplinary committee of postgraduate students from the University of Leeds. Nick Hutcheon (Sociology Pathway), Amy Hunter (Health & Wellbeing Pathway), Gisela Oliveira (Education Pathway), Lea Pilsner (Politics and International Relations Pathway) and Linda Xu (Linguistics and Languages Pathway) organised six events, held at Leeds, which were attended by PhD students from all three WRDTC universities.

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AQUALM – Conversation Analysis Summer School (University of York, 2-6 June 2014) 


The Conversation Analysis Summer School was a week-long course held as part of the White Rose DTC Advanced Qualitative Methods training series. The course was run by Professor Celia Kitzinger (University of York) and Professor Ray Wilkinson (University of Sheffield) with additional teaching from Dr Beatrice Szczepek Reed (University of York), Dr Merran Toerien (University of York), Professor Sue Wilkinson (Loughborough University) and Dr Richard Ogden (University of York). The aim of the summer school was to develop the analytic skills of PhD and early career researchers and practitioners using conversation analysis in their own research.

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Overseas Institutional Visit to the Institute of Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) in Cape Town 

by Elizabeth Harrison (Environment and Sustainability Pathway, University of Leeds), eeeh@leeds.ac.uk; @EPHarrison; www.theramblingrover.com

dtcmatter3I have just returned from an Overseas Institutional Visit to the Institute of Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) in Cape Town, South Africa. I chose PLAAS because it is one of the leading institutions working in my academic field and area of interest, namely community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) and resource governance. Not only that, but some of its members of staff were influential in setting up the project I have been studying in Zimbabwe for my PhD.

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New Student-led Network: Community of Restorative Researchers

P1000795The Community of Restorative Researchers is a student-led research network connecting restorative justice researchers across a number of disciplines, including criminal law, criminal justice, education, alternative dispute resolution, community justice, victimology, sociology, conflict studies, peace studies, public policy, philosophy and psychology. Created in June 2014, it currently has members in eight jurisdictions across three continents, including postgraduate students, lecturers, practitioners and criminal justice professionals. Originally envisaged as a postgraduate network, the decision was taken in late June 2014 to open it up to individuals researching or involved in RJ in other capacities, following interest from lecturers, practitioners and other individuals, and membership is now open to anybody with an interest in researching restorative justice. The purpose of the network is to facilitate communication among researchers and other stakeholders, practitioners, policymakers and interested individuals in order to exchange information, disseminate research findings, promote inter-disciplinary collaboration and research, influence policy, delivery and organisation of restorative practices across a number of contexts and provide a community of support for its members. Events will mainly cater to postgraduate students and other individuals in the UK and neighbouring countries in the first instance, with a view to creating autonomous regional networks at a later date.

The community’s Facebook presence can be found at this page, on which information about policies, research and events can be posted; and in this group, where most of the discussions take place.

To be added to the database of members and the mailing list, email Ian Marder (University of Leeds, UK) at: lw08im@leeds.ac.uk

The WR DTC has funding available to support interdisciplinary activities: find out how apply.


Economics Pathway: 

Third Economics White Rose Doctoral Training Conference, University of Sheffield,    4 April 2014 

dtcmatter4Hosted by the University of Sheffield, the third White Rose Social Science Doctoral Training Centre Economics conference was held on 4 April 2014. This collaborative event was organised by a hard-working committee including Konstantinos Georgalos (University of York), Hanan Naser (University of Sheffield), Jing Chen (University of Leeds), and Arne Risa Hole (University of Sheffield; Chair).

The main objectives of this event were to allow PhD students from the three universities (Leeds, York, and Sheffield) to organise and present at their own Economics conference, and to provide the opportunity for students to present and talk to each other about their work, as well as the opportunity to interact with academic staff.

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Management and Business, Accounting and Finance and Work Psychology Pathway:

White Rose Working Papers Series 

Contact: Caroline Knight (Editor-in-Chief), wrdtc.wps@sheffield.ac.uk 

wrwpWe have developed a White Rose Working Paper Series, managed by an editorial team of doctoral researchers who are committed to providing professional and valuable feedback in a supportive environment.

Managing the stages of reviewing, editing and providing feedback, as well as disseminating the papers, gives an early insight into the processes that are involved in submitting papers to journals.

The White Rose Working Paper Series is committed to advancing theory, methodology and practice in research and education within all areas of Management & Business, Accounting & Finance, International Business, Work Science and Work Psychology.

Capitalising on strong links between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York we are able to offer a valuable opportunity to a wide range of doctoral researchers at any level whilst showcasing our research to a wider network.

For information about how to submit a paper to the Series, please follow this link. 

Psychology Pathway:

The White Rose DTC Psychology Summer Conference, 20 August 2014, University of Sheffield

11491Following the success of last year’s conference that presented ‘things you didn’t know you needed to know’, we are delighted to invite all social sciences and psychology PhD students to the 2nd WRDTC Psychology Summer Conference: ‘Things you didn’t know you needed to do’.

Research alone is no longer enough to get you through your PhD or set you apart from your competitors when applying for jobs, grants and fellowships. Attend our free conference to find out more about publishing and disseminating your research and purposeful networking with a range of short but sweet talks that will discuss:

  • writing for the media, social media and academic journals
  • reaching a wider audience through public engagement and outreach
  • establishing your own research group
  • purposeful networking 

All talks relate to general skills and are relevant to all PGR students in social sciences or psychology pathways.

Sign up via google docs at this link.

For questions, comments or queries contact wrdtc_summerconference@sheffield.ac.uk 

Communications & Media Studies Pathway:

The analysis of discourse and rhetoric, history, and content, University of Leeds, 20 June 2014 

McCloskey,_DeirdreOn Friday 20 June, doctoral students from Leeds, Sheffield and York were invited to attend a PhD methods research workshop, held at the Institute of Communication Studies, Leeds, and supported by the WRDTC.

The topic of the workshop was the analysis of discourse and rhetoric, history, and content. Leading the discussion was Deidre McCloskey, Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication at the University of Illinois.

The morning began with an informal meet and greet, with Deidre introducing herself and providing the students with some insight into her quite incredible and varied career in academia.

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Socio-legal Studies Pathway:

One-day Summer School, University of Leeds, 4 September 2014 

388The Socio-legal Studies Pathway will be offering a one day training workshop for PhD researchers with a socio-legal agenda. We use a wide notion of “socio-legal”, encompassing researchers with a law background who are interested in the impact of law on societies, polities and economies, as well as those with a sociological, political science or economic background whose research requires them to dive into law.

This one day summer school will offer five introductions to socio-legal methods by academics from the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York, combined with some interactive activities.

The summer school is free for all PhD researchers, not only to those in receipt of an ESRC scholarship. The deadline for registrations is Tuesday 26 August 2014.

For further information and a registration form please contact the Leeds Pathway leader Dagmar Schiek D.G.Schiek@leeds.ac.uk, or Elisa Coati in the Leeds DTC office at esodtc@leeds.ac.uk

Social Work Pathway:

Fifth Annual Regional Social Work PhD Summer Seminar, University of Sheffield, 4th July 2014

The annual social work regional summer seminar took place this year at the University of Sheffield on 4th July 2014. Read a full report about the day here.


At the WRDTC Academic Quality Committee (AQC) meetings, your student reps voice comments, questions and issues put forward by the student body. The feedback this last quarter has mostly touched on policy changes relevant to ESRC funded students. A brief summary is included below:

Overseas Fieldwork Expenses – ESRC Fees Only funded students – the AQC agreed to consider applications on a case-by-case basis for those student affected negatively by the ESRC policy change

Overseas Institutional Visits – ESRC funded students – the AQC reported that students who applied before the devolvement of the scheme from the ESRC to the DTC (January, 2014) are permitted to re-apply for the OIV fund

Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) – ESRC funded students will know that various changes have occurred to this provision since 2011. Changes have moved in the direction of the ESRC giving the DTCs more say in the allocation of the research training support grants.

More information is held on the website.


ESRCESRC Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference and Interactive Workshop : ‘Inequality in Education – Innovation in Methods‘, University of Warwick, 12 November 2014 –  open to postgraduates in all disciplines. Further information can be found here.

The ESRC have announced their new CEO – we wish Jane Elliott, a sociologist, good luck in her new role and look forward to working with her.

Leeds Town HallComing Soon…

WRDTC Induction Event, 9th October 2014, Leeds Town Hall – have a look at last year’s Induction here.