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Welcome to the Cambridge ESRC DTP Training Web Pages. 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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Open to all doctoral students in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Managing Your Time and Digital Productivity

Wednesday 19th February 2020

11am to 1pm, Seminar Room A, 17 Mill Lane

 Does it feel like we are always busy, yet somehow always have too much to do?

 This session will help you understand how you work, provide some ways of thinking healthily about the nature of work, and share tips and tools for how you can optimize the way you use your time in your daily life.

 Topics to be covered include:

 How to prioritize your time for the work that really counts

Understanding your work style and habits and how to plan accordingly

How to manage your time to work most effectively

Tips, strategies, and tools to help you get the most out of your time

Managing distractions and interruptions

Bookings Now Open

Dealing with Pressure

Wednesday 4th March

11am to 1pm, Seminar Room B3, Institute of Criminology

 Dealing with pressure can be the ability that sets you apart from your colleagues, and allows you to navigate the conflicting demands of your workload. It’s also an art which – to the surprise of many - can be learnt.

 In this highly interactive course, strategies are offered for dealing with deadlines, stress and
demands of your doctoral studies

Bookings Now Open

Managing the Emotional Aspects of Fieldwork

Date, time and venue TBA

Booking will open shortly


Theme: Leadership and Relationship Management

Monday 16th March – 1st years only

Please register in advance

9.30am to 10am: Coffee and catch up

10am to 1pm: Training - Coaching and Self Leadership Skills Training: Dr Steve Joy, Head of Researcher Development Programme

1pm to 2pm: Lunch

2pm to 3pm: Group work based on Internships and working with non-academic partners

3pm to 3.30pm: Finish with tea and cake

Venue: Seminar Room B, 17 Mill Lane


Wednesday 18th March – 2nd years only 

(3rd years is optional this year but available next year to those away on fieldwork in their 2nd year)

Please register in advance


Wednesday 18th March – 2nd years only 
(3rd years is optional this year but available next year to those away on fieldwork in their 2nd year)

9.30am to 10am - coffee and catch up

10am -10.30am – Talk from Innovation UK - Role of social sciences in the industrial strategy

10:30am to 1pm - Leadership and Management Skills Training - Dr Peter Dudley, Faculty of Education

1pm to 2pm - Lunch

2pm to 2.30pm - External non-academic Partner Talk (TBA)

2.30pm to 3pm - Group Work around a leadership issue from the external partner

3pm to 3.30pm - Finish with tea and cake - Providing the external partner with your feedback and results

Venue: Seminar Room B, 17 Mill Lane

Read a review of our 1st Years Training and Engagement Day held on 
Monday 18th November 


Bridging the Gap from Research to Practice programme - see here for more details

 Cluster Leads to set up shared activities 

Peer-Led Workshops 

CSaP Understanding Policy Workshop


Details TBA

Easter Term
Theme: Impact and Professional Development

Tuesday 9th June – 1st years only
Thursday 11th June – 2nd years only (3rd years is optional this year but available next year to those away on fieldwork in their 2nd year) 

10am to 12.30pm – specific training workshop
12.30pm to 1.30pm – Lunch (provided)
1.30pm to 3pm – working in Co-Op Teams

Venue: Seminar Room B, 17 Mill Lane


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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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Strategic Research Initiatives/ Networks and Interdisciplinary Research Centres

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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.