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DTC Matters Issue No8. October 2014

October 30, 2014


Welcome to the eighth edition of the White Rose Social Sciences DTC newsletter; “DTC Matters”.

The White Rose Doctoral Training Centre was launched in November 2011. Read more

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


White Rose DTC Induction Event 2014 

Leeds Town Hall1The WRDTC Induction Event took place on 9 October 2014 at Leeds Town Hall. The event was attended by almost 300 students, as well as Pathway leaders and supervisors. A full report on the day, with photos, videos and presentations from the day is available on the DTC website at this link. 

WRDTC AQC membership and Chair

Professor Stuart Bell (York) and Professor Jouni Paavola (Leeds) and  Dr Glyn Williams (Sheffield)

There have been some changes in memberships of the WR DTC’s Academic Quality Committee (AQC), as Professor Stuart Bell (York) and Professor Jouni Paavola (Leeds) have recently joined. They will be replacing Dr Benedetta Bassetti and Professor Adam Crawford. The WR DTC thanks to Adam and Benedetta for their contribution to AQC.

The Chair of the AQC has now moved to Sheffield for this year, as Dr Glyn Williams will lead the Committee and chair the meetings.

We are currently recruiting new AQC student representatives, who will join the current reps.

Pathway Development

Training Pathways have been given a budget of £1,000 each for development of training activities. Contact your Pathway leader for more information.

WRDTC logo-high resolutionNEW – WRDTC Branding 

The White Rose DTC is developing branding templates for documents and posters. Read more….

LSSI Co-directors appointed

Professor Adam Crawford and Professor Paul RoutledgeProfessor Adam Crawford and Professor Paul Routledge have been appointed co-directors of the Leeds Social Sciences Institute (LSSI). They will be working alongside WR DTC Academic Quality Committee member, Professor Ian Kirkpatrick who has been confirmed as Director of LSSI. The LSSI supports social sciences research across six faculties at the University of Leeds, and encourages interdisciplinary research.

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Forthcoming Training Opportunities 

Look out for advanced training opportunities being added to the Training page of the WRDTC website. Forthcoming sessions may include:

  • IMG_5200_smallerBig Data (over 2 days)
  • Advanced Nvivo
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Elite Interviewing
  • Open Scholarship Event
  • Impact – 5 sessions
  • Interdisciplinary Research Methods
  • Visual Methods
  • Public Engagement Competition

Fieldwork in a Palace

by Marc Geddes (Politics and International Relations Pathway, University of Sheffield – m.geddes@sheffield.ac.uk) 

300px-London_Parliament_2007-1My doctoral thesis explores the everyday life at the Palace of Westminster, specifically the day-to-day work of parliamentary select committees in scrutinising the executive. Naturally, I was incredibly excited to secure a three month research placement with the Committee Office of the House of Commons (funded by the ESRC through the White Rose DTC). This internship has been immensely valuable with far-reaching effects for my professional development, my understanding of British political life and, ultimately, my academic work on select committees. Read more….

Look out for internship opportunities offered through ESRC or through your institution. Share your experience and send us a report for DTC Matters! 

PENCIL Project

pencilBy Kasia Mika and Elizabeth Watkins (University of Leeds –  contact@pencilproject.org.uk)

In its second year, PENCIL (Postgraduate Engagement Network for Creativity in Learning) offers an innovative model for collaborative public engagement projects. PENCIL focuses on the relationship between creativity, curriculum, and postgraduate research, committed to making measurable change by fostering lasting collaborations between local schools, universities and regional and national educational organisations. Read more….

AQM Student Network

aqmWhite Rose DTC students and members of the AQM Student Network Dan Denis (Psychology Pathway, University of Sheffield), Johanna Schönhöfer (Socio-legal Studies Pathway, University of Leeds), Raul Berrios (Psychology Pathway, University of Sheffield), and Efstathios Margaritis (Planning Pathway, University of Sheffield) will be taking part in a one-day workshop at the University of Leicester on 21 November 2014. A programme and instructions to book a place are available on the network’s website.


Third Annual RiDNet Conference, 12 November 2014, University of Leeds

“Does Research Make a Difference in Development? Bridging the Gap between Research, Policy, and Practice”

Researchers in Development PhD NetworkBy Elizabeth Harrison (Environment and Sustainability Pathway, University of Leeds – eeeh@leeds.ac.uk)

The Researchers in Development Network (RiDNet) is a multi-disciplinary, cross-faculty network of PhD students working on development at the University of Leeds. Part of our role is to create space for active engagement with contemporary issues in the development field, including fieldwork preparation and reflection among early career researchers. The network events comprise of brown bag lunches, key note speakers, workshops, and an annual conference.

This year the theme of the third annual conference is based upon a question that is prominent in most research areas and is increasingly being asked as researchers look to make an impact on the world. Read more….


Psychology Pathway:

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

The University of Sheffield keep the ball rolling with the Second WRDTC Psychology Summer Conference

by Simone Croft (Psychology Pathway, University of Sheffield – pcp12sec@sheffield.ac.uk)

psy2On the 20th August the University of Sheffield hosted the second White Rose DTC Psychology Summer Conference. Following the success of last year’s conference which focused on ‘things you didn’t know you needed to know’, the theme of this year’s conference was ‘things you didn’t know you needed to do’. Inspired by the increasing necessity to reach beyond the traditional remit of the PhD and our academic ‘silos’, the day focused on ways in which PhD students can engage with other disciplines, institutions and the general public to form collaborations and disseminate research findings.

Throughout the day presentations from current PhD students and university staff provided useful and relevant information on social networking and writing for non-academic audiences; engaging with the general public; and purposeful networking. Read more….

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

White Rose Working Papers Series 

WR Working PapersContact: Caroline Knight (Management and Business, Accounting and Finance and Work Psychology Pathway, University of Sheffield), Editor-in-Chief – wrdtc.wps@sheffield.ac.uk 

The White Rose Working Papers series was developed earlier in 2014, aiming to advance theory, methodology and practice in research and education within all areas of Management & Business, Accounting & Finance, International Business, Work Science and Work Psychology.

The Working Papers Series is managed by an editorial team of doctoral researchers who are committed to providing professional and valuable feedback in a supportive environment. We hope that this will represent a valuable opportunity to a wide range of doctoral researchers at any level within the White Rose universities, and it will also contribute to showcasing our research to a wider network.

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


ESRC Festival of Social Science

The Festival of Social Science is taking place across the UK during the first week of November. A number of events will be happening around Yorkshire, including Leeds and Sheffield.

ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize 2015

impactThe prize, now in its third year, is an annual opportunity to recognise and reward the successes of ESRC-funded researchers who have achieved, or are currently achieving, outstanding economic or societal impacts. Applications are now open with a deadline of 16.00 on 20 November 2014. More information can be found on the ESRC website.

ESRC First Year and Final Year Student Conferences

Wales DTCThe Wales DTC will be hosting the next first year student conference at Cardiff City Hall on Thursday 29th January 2015. Invitations will soon be sent to students whose awards have started from the 1st October 2014.

oxford dtcThe final year conference will be on 17th April 2015 in Oxford. More information will be available on the ESRC website in due course.

AHRC International Placement Scheme (IPS) – Library of Congress 

ESRC-funded students are eligible to apply to AHRC’s International Placement Scheme, to undertake a fellowship at the Library of Congress, Washington D.C. The scheme will be opening shortly and AHRC are holding two showcase events to provide information on the scheme, give application guidance, and the opportunity to discuss the scheme with IPS alumni. The events will be be held at the University of Westminster on Tuesday 4th November, and the University of Manchester on Friday 7th November.


Some news on issues raised by student reps, and news of interest to our student community are below:

  • IMG_5498_smallerThe WRDTC Academic Quality Committee would like to acknowledge the contribution to the DTC of the student reps who are leaving the role: Simone Croft (Sheffield), Vera Riffler (York) and Abena Yeboah (Leeds), and thank them for their work in the last two years.
  • The possibility of working more closely in collaboration with WRoCAH, the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities, is being explored by the Academic Quality Committee of the WRDTC.
  • The Induction Event on 9 October 2014 was a great success and very well attended – however, there might be changes next year, when the event will be more strongly focused on networking and might be run at a later date in October.
  • A survey on training opportunities undertaken during their PhD will be sent out shortly to third-year PhD researchers at the universities of Leeds and York. 

Your Feedback at the WRDTC Induction Event – 9th October, Leeds Town Hall


Thank you to everyone at the WRDTC Induction Event who worked together to provide feedback during the breakout sessions coordinated by the student reps!

We received (literally) hundreds of helpful comments and suggestions on a multi-coloured assortment of ‘post it’ notes. With a fine tooth comb, we have now gone through all of them. There are a few main themes/ideas that have emerged from your feedback. These are not only points for us to work on in conjunction with the Academic Quality Committee, but also things for you to discuss and address with your respective pathway groups. We would like to present them to you now and, where possible, provide links to relevant information. Read more….

Coming Soon…

IMG_5610_smallerOpen Scholarship Event – 11 December 2014, University of Sheffield. Details on wrdtc.ac.uk soon! 

White Rose DTC Spring Conference – 6 May 2015, University of York – Save the date!

New for 2015: Phase 2 website development, offering discussion forums and opportunities for online networking with other researchers.

Please check the WRDTC website regularly for more training opportunities and events being added!