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ESRC DTP Events for Michaelmas 2018

 

Planning Workshop

Friday 16th November, 10am to 12pm
Seminar Room B, 17 Mill Lane

Please register for this workshop

This two hour workshop will cover two key planning tools that can be of value to anyone planning a project of any size.  Your trainers are  and Melanie Ryan (Senior Programme Manager, Luc Hoffmann Institute) Alison Harvey (Training Manager, ESRC DTP).

The workshop will cover Theory of Change and Stakeholder Analysis. There will be refreshments halfway through the session.

Theory of Change 

Setting up a Theory of Change is like making a roadmap that outlines the steps by which you plan to achieve your goal. It helps you define whether your work is contributing towards achieving the impact you envision, and if there is another way that you need to consider as well. 

The Theory of Change tool not only helps to clearly articulate and connect your work to your bigger goal, it also allows you to spot potential risks in your plan by sharing the underlying assumptions in each step. 

Stakeholder Analysis

Stakeholder analysis in conflict resolution, project management, and business administration, is the process of assessing a decision's impact on relevant parties. This information is used to assess how the interests of those stakeholders should be addressed in a project plan, policy, program, or other action.  As a follow on from the Theory of Change workshop, you will be guided on how to apply this analysis to your project/research. 

These two complementary tools are valuable for the careful design of the process for the early phases of research that should be used at a very early stage of any planning stage.

Target audience

  • Postgraduates (ESRC DTP), particularly those in the first year of their Ph.D
  • Postgraduates in the Social Sciences particularly those in the first year of their Ph.D

Tuesday 27th November, 10am to 2pm
Council Room, The Old Schools

Please register for this workshop

This is a workshop designed for first and second year PhD students, however all PhD students are welcome.

To provide awareness in terms of career preparation, the ESRC DTP is launching the ‘awareness to impact’ workshop. This is an interactive workshop that aims to cover what impact is in the social sciences introducing a range of impacts: economic/business; policy and public services; public engagement and cultural etc.

ESRC DTP students will be introduced to steps that can take to make plans in impact area. Following with engagement with non-academic partners and examples from students and academics that created impact through internships and funded ESRC research projects will be explored. Concluding with exploring avenues of impact from your own research; map stakeholders that you might be interested; how to approach them; next steps that you would take, and finally include steps to take to become more knowledge to work in policy or impact or industry.

Target audience

  • Postgraduates (ESRC DTP), particularly those in the first and second year of their Ph.D
  • Postgraduates in the Social Sciences particularly those in the first and second year of their Ph.D

Wednesday 21st November, Time TBA, The Old Schools

Please register for this workshop

This workshop is one hour and will run through the pitfalls of social media as well as the positive ways it can help to raise your profile.  This session is key to anyone who values a social media presence and help them to look into the future when they are first setting up.


 D'Tea'P Socials

These events will be held at the end of each academic Term where the Director of the Cambridge ESRC DTP warmly invites all Cambridge ESRC DTP students - it's a great opportunity to catch-up with fellow DTP students and to receive an update on current opportunities.  A senior academic will also 'get on their soapbox' and speak about a current interdisciplinary social sciences topic.

This year we would like to offer the opportunity for ESRC students to run one of these sessions themselves. They will have the chance to provide their own interactive session and arrange for speakers and any other activities they feel would enhance these events. If you are interested please contact your Training Manager (Alison.harvey@admin.cam.ac.uk) 

Please register for these events - next one will be on Wednesday 28th November at 5pm

Target audience

  • All Postgraduates (ESRC DT)
  • All Postgraduates in the Social Sciences

Wednesday 5th December, 10m to 12pm, Seminar Room B

Please register for this event

This workshop is mandatory for first year Ph.D students in particular, but anyone is welcome. It is designed to tease out what we want emerging Cambridge social scientists to aim for during their time as students, so as to ensure that they produce good social science. This workshop will provide an opportunity for students to reflect on where they have got to so far and where they need to get to, as well as an opportunity to reflect on the kind of skills that they think they will need to develop during the course of their PhD.

Target audience

  • Postgraduates (ESRC DTP), particularly those in the first year of their Ph.D
  • Postgraduates in the Social Sciences, particularly those in the first year of their Ph.D

Facilitating Skills

Friday 7th December, 10m to 12pm, Seminar Room B, 17 Mill Lane

Please register for this event

Facilitating workshops and group discussions can be a daunting prospect. This workshop aims to develop your skills and knowledge needed to facilitate groups confidently and effectively.

This two hour workshop will be provided by Dr Mary Beth Benbenek from the University of Cambridge Researcher Development Programme

Target audience

  • All Postgraduates (ESRC DT)
  • All Postgraduates in the Social Sciences

 

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Alison Harvey
ESRC DTP Training Manager