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Personal and Professional Development for Doctoral Students (online)

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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.

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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.


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).


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




Cambridge ESRC DTP Training Programme for Easter 2020

Digital Productivity and Well-Being (online)
Friday 24th April, 12pm to 1pm

Many of us are now spending more time online than ever before — both for our work, as well as our personal and social lives. In these strange and sometimes perplexing times, it can all feel like too much. In this session, we will cover helpful strategies and best practices that can help you in your life online and offline.

Topics to be covered include:

·           Managing digital productivity

·           Tools and strategies to help build a useful daily online routine

·           Thinking about how we spend our time online: the good, the bad, and the unexpected

·           Tips for using online news and social media that help us find a healthy balance

What Now?  (online)
Friday 1st May, 12pm to 1pm

Cambridge ESRC DTP is running a workshop to help DTP students work through this period of time when their doctorates are unable to progress or plans have broken down and need repairing. Join Loraine Gelsthorpe (DTP Director), Jean Adams (Deputy DTP Director), Dr Konstantina Stamati (Partnerships Manager) and Alison Harvey (Training Manager).


Writing for The Cambridge Researcher (online)
Monday 4th May, 11.30am to 1.30pm

Would you like to write for our social sciences blog? Join an online session on how to write for a blog on led by writer and BBC journalist, Simon Hall.  We hope that you will come away from this session with a complete or close to complete blog that will be published by TCR.

CSaP and ESRC DTP Professional Development Half Day Workshop
Friday 15th May, 11am to 3pm

Join us for an online interactive seminar around international policy as well as UK focus with potential contributions from UK government, the EU, the Commonwealth Secretariat, FCO and DfID.  CSaP’s Professional Development activities provide opportunities for early- and mid-career researchers and civil servants to learn how academic research contributes to policy making, and to gain experience of working at the intersection of research and policy. 

The purpose of the seminar is to demonstrate the value of building links between evidence, expertise and policy making and to share and inspire good practice for evidence-informed policy making.

Researching crime during a pandemic
Date and time TBA, online


First in a series of seminars related to the current pandemic focusing around analytic frameworks, provided by Manuel Eisner, Wolfson Professor of Criminology and Director of Violence Research Centre, Cambridge.