The White Rose DTC Psychology Summer Conference

Psychology Pathway

The White Rose DTC Psychology Summer Conference, 20August 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)

psy1On 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. A poster session and speed networking event completed the day and we were delighted to award prizes to Hannah Biney and Emma Blakey (Psychology Pathway, University of Sheffield) for best poster and to David O’Reilly(Education Pathway, University of York) and Marianne Allday (Health and Wellbeing Pathway, University of Leeds) for their proposal to create a web-based guide to organizing conferences following the speed networking event.

psy2The three White Rose institutions were well represented with over 50 delegates from Sheffield, Leeds and York. The vibrant and stimulating poster exhibition featured psychology-related research from a range of Pathways within the social sciences including the Management School and newly established Centre for Robotics (Sheffield), Language and Linguistic Scienceand Education (York) and School of Healthcare (Leeds), as well as the Psychology departments at each institution. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and the lively networking session that ended the day provided the positive and friendly environment in which budding collaborations (and friendships!) began to take shape.

This student-led initiative, supported by the WRDTC, emerged from the WRDTC Induction Event in Sheffield, 2012. The intention and hope was that the event would alternate between institutions annually, to encourage communication and collaboration between social sciences pathways at Sheffield, Leeds and York. Following two successful years in Sheffield, we hope that students from Leeds or York will take the baton and make this a tradition that the WRDTC simply can’t do without.