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DTC Matters Issue No9. January 2015

January 30, 2015


Welcome to the ninth 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.


Awards for White Rose DTC Postgraduate Researchers at the University of Leeds fifth annual Postgraduate Researcher Conference

showcaseThe University of Leeds held its fifth ‘Showcase’ annual Postgraduate Conference on 4 December 2014 which featured the work of Postgraduate Research students and highlighted the significant contribution that Leeds research students make to the research profile and academic life of the University.

We are delighted to announce that the following White Rose DTC Postgraduate Research students were awarded prizes:

Joanna Elvy & Amy HunterJoanna Elvy (Planning Pathway) came second in the Postgraduate Researcher of the Year category for her research “Towards socially inclusive sustainable mobility: The role of social capital in participatory transport planning processes

Amy Hunter (Health and Wellbeing Pathway) was runner-up in the Research Poster Competition, with a poster representing her research on ‘Absorbing Lives: attitudes of women who experience urine leakage’.

Lesley Ellis (Sociology Pathway) came joint third in the Three Minute Thesis competition with “Disabled or Dwarf?  The influence of a mobility aid in the discrimination of women with Dwarfism in public spaces”. The other presentation on joint third place was “If the tag fits, wear it.  If the tag doesn’t fit…what then?”, by Ella Holdsworth (Socio-legal Studies Pathway). 

White Rose DTC PhD researcher in the News 

EbolaAn article by University of Sheffield PhD researcher Meera Inglis (Politics and International Relations Pathway) has received a lot of attention on social media since its publication on website The Conversation on 20 January 2015. The article focuses on the threat posed by Ebola to gorillas and chimpanzees, stating that the virus has already ‘wiped out a third of them’, and it has been reported in the New York Post, CBS News, Discovery Channel, and the Mail Online, among others.

If you are making an impact with your research, let us know! Email enquiries@wrdtc.ac.uk 

Open Scholarship Event, 11 December 2014, University of Sheffield 

As part of its focus on advanced training, last December the WRDTC hosted an event on the current open scholarship debate, including Open Access, Open Data and Shared Access.

dtcbanner1Led by Prof. Martin Jones, WRDTC Director, the event saw a range of speakers from the University of Sheffield library, the UK Data Service, and academic departments at Sheffield, encouraging debate on what open access and open data mean to researchers at the early stages of their career. The event was attended by about 40 PhD researchers from the three White Rose universities, and obtained good feedback. Presentations from the day are available at this link.


White Rose DTC Advanced Training Series 2015training

Forthcoming Advanced Training Sessions:

Impact and KE: What, Where and Why? University of Sheffield, 10 February 2015

Impact: Building Successful Partnerships and Collaborative Bids, University of Sheffield, 23 February 2015

Impact: Managing Collaborative Research Projects: Tips, Tricks and Traps, University of Sheffield, 16 March 2015

Elite Interviewing, University of Sheffield, 18 March 2015

Doing Interdisciplinary Research, University of Sheffield, 23 March 2015

Understanding the Impact of Research Perspectives: The Importance of Metatheory, Research Methodology and Reflexivity in Crafting Qualitative Research, University of Leeds, 20 April 2015

Impact: Dissemination, University of Sheffield, 20 April 2015

Doing Fieldwork in Distant or Difficult Locations, University of Sheffield, 7 May 2015

Impact: Thinking Critically about Evidencing Impact, University of Sheffield, 18 May 2015

Coming soon:

Qualitative Longitudinal Research – an advanced workshop on the design, conduct and ethics of research, data analysis and the uses of archived data, University of Leeds, 8 June 2015

Conversation Analysis Summer School, University of York, week commencing 15 June 2015

Public Engagement in Practice – a two-day training programme for PGRs in the social sciences, 22 and 29 April 2015, University of York 

Call for Papers: 1st Postgraduate Workshop on Migration -“Reframing the Migration Debate”, ICoSS, University of Sheffield, 11th June 2015

British_Citizenship_ceremony_2005Keynote Speaker:

Professor Andrew Geddes (Politics Department, University of Sheffield)

The White Rose Migration Research Postgraduate Network, in collaboration with The University of Sheffield Migration Research Group, invites submissions for the 1st Postgraduate Workshop on Migration. The aim of the workshop is to provide a space of discussion and dissemination for early career researchers (either doctoral or postdoctoral researchers) working on different topics and across different disciplines in relation to migration. This will be an opportunity to showcase your research, preliminary research findings and any other ‘work in progress’ with a critically engaged audience from across the White Rose Universities. This workshop will facilitate the development of networks and foster future research collaborations. Read more….

WRDTC Networks 

The White Rose DTC’s Interdisciplinary Network Funding Scheme provides research staff and students with support in setting up interdisciplinary networks. Here are some of the initiatives supported so far:

TourNet – Tourism Research Network 

Report on the TouRNet Inaugural Meeting 

by Emmanuel A. Adu-Ampong (Planning Pathway, University of Sheffield) 

tournet1The Tourism Research Network is a multi-disciplinary, cross-faculty student-led network for PhD/ MA students, staff and other researchers working on issues related to tourism at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York mainly but is currently open to those from other universities as well. The purpose of the network is to create an intellectual and social platform for these researchers to share ideas and build links within the broad field of tourism.

There are currently about 50 researchers on TouRNet’s mailing list out of which 22 signed up to attend the inaugural meeting of the network. The TouRNet Inaugural Meeting took place on Monday 25November, 2014 at the University of Sheffield and was well attended looking at the size of what is a young network. Read more….

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”

ridnet1RiDNet is a cross-faculty network for PhD and early career researchers working in the field of international development. The network’s annual conference took place on 12 November 2014 and was hosted by the Sustainability Research Institute, at the School of Earth and Environment of the University of Leeds, and was partly funded by the WR DTC. A detailed and engaging report on the conference was published on the University of Leeds’ Centre for Global Development blog.

Critical Race and Ethnicities Network (CREN) 

by Katie Markham (Sociology Pathway, University of Leeds) 

crenPostgraduate students at the Universities of York, Leeds & Sheffield are pleased to announce the formation of a new interdisciplinary White Rose funded network, the Critical Race and Ethnicities Network (CREN). Bringing together postgraduate students working in the areas of critical race studies, post colonialism and feminism, CREN adopts a post-structural philosophy in order to interrogate the role that ‘race’ and ‘ethnicity’ plays in academic research and practice.

Over the next six months, CREN is hosting a variety of events across all three universities, including a critical methodologies symposium in February and a workshop which addresses the issues facing BME students in Higher Education. Its first annual conference is taking place at the University of Sheffield in June 2015, and will feature keynote addresses from Professor Ann Phoenix and Dr Nathaniel Tobias Coleman.

For more information, or to get involved with CREN, please visit our website www.cren.org.uk, or email us at contactcren@gmail.com

Future City and Community Resilience Network (FCCR)

fccrThe Future City and Community Resilience Network aims to ‘provide a forum for the advancement of knowledge in the core areas of future city resilience, urban SCM, smart city technologies and community engagement through experimental and creative methods’, by engaging academic experts as well as practitioners and citizens, with a view to making an impact on policy makers’ social and economic agendas’. An event was held at the University of Leeds on 21 January 2015, focusing on ‘Exploring Future City Technology, Economic Models and Leading Visionary Change: Implementing the Methodology of Creative Science Prototyping’, and was attended by over 25 people from several universities and other organisations, including PhD researchers.

If you are a PhD/early career researcher interested in the activities of this network, please contact Patrick Hennelly (Management and Business Pathway, University of Leeds).

Let us know about your network’s activities! Contact us at enquiries@wrdtc.ac.uk


The Security, Conflict & Justice and Socio-Legal Pathways held a joint Research Impact Masterclass on 1 December 2014 at the University of Leeds, featuring presentations from ESRC Impact Award winner Dr Clifford Stott, and Prof. Louise Ellison.

The Social Policy Pathway organised a Publishing and Peer Reviewing Seminar, hosted at the University of Sheffield, on 5 December 2014. Speakers included current PhD and early career researchers, as well as experienced journal editors, authors and reviewers.

The Social History Pathway will hold an Advanced Qualitative Methods Seminar Series, starting on 25 February 2015, with further dates in March, April and May, and venues rotating at the three White Rose universities. Details are available on the DTC website at this link. 


ESRC Early Career Media Training

8-31241Early media trainingThe ESRC offers one-day media training courses for PhD and postdoctoral researchers. More information and course contents can be found on the ESRC website. There are two forthcoming dates for this course:

  • Leeds – 27 February 2015
  • London – 17 March 2015 

ESRC final year student conference

oxford dtcThe final year conference will be held on 17 April 2015 in Oxford. More information will be available on the ESRC website in due course, and invites sent to eligible students.

ESRC/DTC Funding Schemes 2014/15 – Call for Applications

Applications are open for funding schemes for ESRC-funded PhD researchers who commenced their PhD on or after October 2011. Funding is available for Research Training Support Grant Top-Up Scheme (RTSG Top-Up), Overseas Institutional Visits (OIV) and Overseas Fieldwork Expenses. More information and deadlines can be found at this link.


  • The appointment of new WRDTC Student Representative for the three institutions is currently being finalised. New reps will work with the current ones to ensure student feedback is taken into account in the work of the Academic Quality Committee and in the planning of training and events.
  • Student reps are being consulted on the development of new features for the WRDTC website, which will allow for online interaction between researchers at the three universities. A need for further possibilities for online interactions has been identified through feedback, and website development will expand opportunities for networking and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Coming Soon… 

White Rose DTC Spring Conference – 6 May 2015, University of York – Save the date, and more information will be available soon!

Please check the WRDTC website regularly for more training opportunities and events being added – and don’t forget to follow the WRDTC on Twitter (@wrssdtc) for the latest news!