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Welcome to the Cambridge ESRC DTP Training Web Pages where you can view our current training programme and training news from around the University and externally.

Please drop me a line if you have any questions and don't forget that Thursdays during term time is a drop-in day when you can find me in S44, 17 Mill Lane.

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'Real world research': an opportunity to explore challenges and creativity in addressing social research problems

Friday 15th February

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, our workshop provider will be unable to be here on Friday but we are planning to provide an alternative session in the next few weeks around real world research.  We will advise on revised plans as soon as they are in place.

March 2019

Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) Professional Development Workshop for the Cambridge ESRC DTP

Date: Wednesday 27th March 2019 (10am-2:30pm)

Venue: Judge Business School

 The Centre for Science and Policy is organising a professional development workshop for PhD students in the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership at Cambridge University. The workshop, which takes place on 27 March, will provide an introduction and overview of the role of academic research in policy making and will offer advice on careers in government.

This session will include a series of short talks interspersed with questions, discussion and pitches from participants. Further information on how to prepare for this session will be sent to confirmed attendees.

Cambridge ESRC DTP Student Led Activities

Cluster Activities

We would like to invite two students from each of the five clusters to become involved in setting up cluster related activities.  There will be a stipend of £250 per student and their support would be for Lent and Easter Terms 2019.

These roles are to support the Cluster Leads but will be working independently with the guidance of the DTP Training Manager to devise and implement an activity or activities for their cluster. 

One event you will be asked to organise is a joint cluster conference to be held in June 2019 but you will also have the opportunity to set up other events you think your cluster would benefit from following approval from the relevant Cluster Lead.

Please email Alison Harvey if you are interested

Student Reps

We need student reps for our Cambridge ESRC DTP

What does this involve?

Your voice to represent your fellow ESRC postgraduates and a chance for you to input directly your ideas to support the DTP and help build up our community

A seat on the Management Executive Group and on the Training and Development Committee – both meet once termly for an hour or so

A few hours a term to meet with the Training Manager and share thoughts and plans


Please email Alison Harvey if you are interested

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Find out more about available training and your training needs

Below are the main training providers both within and externally to the University

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2018 - 2019

University of Cambridge Training

As a postgraduate student, you are able to join any one of these networks. Many of them provide innovative and creative training sessions that are not provided by departments or other central university networks.

University of Cambridge
Strategic Research Initiatives/ Networks and Interdisciplinary Research Centres

See our fellow DTPs and training they offer

ESRC DTPs across the UK

National Resources

The ESRC funds a range of data and methods services to support research and study.  It provides resources needed to access high quality socio-economic data and to develop research skills. These services are:


National Centre for Research Methods (see link to the right of this page for forthcoming training). NCRM aims to drive forward methodological development and innovation through a programme of training and events, increasing the quality and range of approaches used by social scientists.

 UK data service

The UK Data Service: provides access to a collection of over 6,000 high quality socio-economic data sets.  It supports data users and works to improve data management.



The Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) manages four British cohort studies: the 1958 National Child Development Study, the 1970 British Cohort Study, Next Steps, and the Millennium Cohort Study.




CLOSER supports the use of longitudinal research. Key resources include reading lists and summaries of findings, and a search portal to help find out what data has been collected across all nine studies in the CLOSER partnership.


Understanding Society

Understanding Society is a major longitudinal survey of around 40,000 UK households. The site contains information on the survey, as well as research articles, reports and policy briefings based on this survey.


Administrative Data Reseach Network

The Administrative Data Research Network enables accredited researchers to access securely held de-identified linked administrative data for research that has potential benefit to society.


CALLs hub

Census and Administrative data LongitudinaL Studies Hub  enables researchers to access census based longitudinal data selected from census records over time as well as linked material  from other administrative datasets (such as health data).


Each service provides support and delivers training, including joint training and can be contacted if you are interested in bespoke training.