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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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Joint ESRC, NERC and AHRC Beginners Film making workshop

See the Call here

If you would like to reserve one of the 5 spaces reserved for members of your DTP, please write a statement of no more than 200 words, giving your reasons for wanting to take the course, and send it to your DTP’s Training Manager or Facilitator by 5pm on Friday 26th April.

ESRC students please send to: alison.harvey@admin.cam.ac.uk;

ESRC Annual Lecture

Tuesday 7th May, 5.30pm (drinks reception at 4.45pm)

Professor Roger Burrows The ‘HAVES’ and the ‘HAVE YACHTS’ Socio-Spatial Struggles in London between the ‘Merely Wealthy’ and the ‘Super-Rich’

Faculty of Law, Room LG19, Sidgwick Site, Cambridge A drinks reception will be held at 4.45pm, followed by the Lecture at 5.30pm.

Professor Roger Burrows is Professor of Cities at Newcastle University and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths, University of London.

This lecture is free and open to all interested researchers in the social sciences and beyond. To reserve your place, please visit: https://esrc-dtp-annual-lecture-2019.eventbrite.co.uk 

Call for Papers

Interdisciplinarity – Beyond Boundaries

Cambridge ESRC DTP Graduate Student Conference

University of Cambridge, Friday 25th October 2019

The Cambridge ESRC DTP Conference Committee invite contributions from MPhil and PhD students in all disciplines across the schools of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences to discuss the challenges, complexities, benefits and critiques of interdisciplinarity and to share interdisciplinary work.

Interdisciplinarity draws on methods, knowledge and ideas from a range of different (academic) disciplines beyond traditional boundaries. Taking an interdisciplinary approach enables contributing to and benefitting from other subjects and disciplines, and opening up the seeming dichotomy between the arts and the sciences. Through interdisciplinarity we can ask novel research questions such as: what literary theory can teach us about crime reduction, how advances in biomedicine can inform our understandings of structural violence and oppression, or how vectors, brains and button responses shape our understanding of language. Questions of this kind can bring new insights into complex challenges. But why is interdisciplinarity encouraged and what is its significance?

Interest in interdisciplinary research questions has increased considerably in recent years, both from researchers’ and funders’ perspectives. The Cambridge ESRC DTP supports interdisciplinary research through the establishment of subject-overarching thematic clusters and funders such as the European Research Council particularly “encourage proposals of a multi- or interdisciplinary nature which cross the boundaries between different fields of research” (ERC work programme 2019). Yet despite initiatives facilitating interdisciplinary work, the structures of many universities – including Cambridge – also create challenges for researchers who attempt to reach across disciplinary boundaries. Thus, to encourage engagement with interdisciplinarity beyond boundaries...

We invite papers including, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Surprising interdisciplinary connections in your research
  • Current research gaps addressed by an interdisciplinary approach
  • How other fields can benefit from your research
  • Specific interdisciplinary needs to solve major questions
  • Approaches to combine ‘arts’ and ‘sciences’
  • Critiques or challenges of and to interdisciplinarity
  • Overcoming practical challenges related to interdisciplinarity

Please submit abstracts of up to 300 words for presentations of no more than 15 minutes via email to alison.harvey@admin.cam.ac.uk by 23:59 (BST) on Friday, 31st May 2019. Notifications of decisions on abstract submissions will be announced via email in early June.

Our Easter Term training programme is packed with training

around how to be creative with your research!

 All events below are open to postgraduate students across 

the School of Humanities and Social Science

Wednesday 15th May

The Conversation team will be here on Wednesday 15th May with a two hour workshop around journalism for a non-academic audience – a chance for you to pitch your research in a journal that is not academic and circulated online globally – Sign up now

Wednesday 22nd May

Simon Hall, ex-BBC journalist and Communications coach (not to mention author of the TV Detective) will be running a workshop focusing on skills to help you write creatively and communicate clearly, on social media – Wednesday 22nd May, 1pm to 4pm (lunch included) – this is a second workshop as the first one filled very quickly so sign up soon

Thursday and Friday, 9th and 10th May

If you prefer to show your research more visually then we have a two day film making course on 9th and 10th May – application will be via a Call that will go out mid-April – when you can make a polished and comprehensive film to support your research for however you wish to use it.

Wednesday 29th May

Real world research is what social science is all about and we’re excited to offer a workshop designed to provide an overview of evaluation research that is commissioned, designed and delivered in the real world, with all its unpredictability, mistakes, and unintended consequences. The trainer is a Managing Director of an independent consulting organisation which has worked for many years with a range of government and non-academic organisations on research design and evaluations (both within and outside the UK). The workshop is on Wednesday 29th May but places are filling quick so do register soon

Wednesday 12th June

Finally, we are delighted to invite back Dr Steven Wooding with a Visualising Data workshop, Wednesday 12th June, when you can learn how to use diagrams to illustrate frameworks, concepts and ideas, as well as how to design effective graphs and charts – Register now for a place

 

*****Don't forget our Annual Lecture*****

ESRC Annual Lecture

Tuesday 7th May, 5.30pm (drinks reception at 4.45pm)

Professor Roger Burrows The ‘HAVES’ and the ‘HAVE YACHTS’ Socio-Spatial Struggles in London between the ‘Merely Wealthy’ and the ‘Super-Rich’

Faculty of Law, Room LG19, Sidgwick Site, Cambridge A drinks reception will be held at 4.45pm, followed by the Lecture at 5.30pm.

Professor Roger Burrows is Professor of Cities at Newcastle University and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths, University of London.

This lecture is free and open to all interested researchers in the social sciences and beyond. To reserve your place, please visit: https://esrc-dtp-annual-lecture-2019.eventbrite.co.uk 

See all the latest Training News 

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

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:

NCRM

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.

 

CLS

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

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.