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What Training is Available as an ESRC DTP Student in Michaelmas 2020?


There is a wide range of training available to you as a doctoral student.  Below are the main websites where training is offered in the University.  Please note that for most of this you need to book through an online service but the main providers are listed below.  As a DTP student you will be asked to attend a Training and Engagement Day each term at which you will get to meet each other and develop your skills.  I look forward to meeting you there but in the meantime please drop me a line if you have any questions about training - and don't forget to follow us on Twitter!

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Alison Harvey
Doctoral Training Manager

All training in the University for Michaelmas 2020 will be available online 

Training and Engagement Days    

1st year cohort - Next date will be Tuesday 17th November

10am Welcome
10.15am The Engaged Researcher Training
11.45am Break
12pm Meet the Policy Fellow and Q&A
1pm Closing Group Discusson

Personal and Professional Development for Doctoral Students (online) Sign up to access a new online blended learning programme

Central University of Cambridge Training Booking  (RD Online, Careers Service, Scholarly Communication, Cambridge Libraries)

Social Science Research Methods Partnership

Strategic Research Initiatives/ Networks and Interdisciplinary Research Centres

ESRC DTPs across the UK

Don't forget your Department and College will also offer training - so do check these out


National Training

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.


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 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.


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.



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).