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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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Cambridge ESRC DTP Programme

Wednesday 27th March 2019

Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) Professional Development Workshop for the Cambridge ESRC DTP

10am to 2.30pm, Judge Business School

The Centre for Science and Policy is organising a professional development workshop for PhD students in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The workshop, which takes place on 27 March, will provide an introduction and overview of the role of academic research in policy making and will offer advice on careers in government.

This session will include a series of short talks interspersed with questions, discussion and pitches from participants. Further information on how to prepare for this session will be sent to confirmed attendees.

Wednesday 24th April

Our new look D Tea P!

What’s new?

Venue: Pembroke College
Time: 4pm
Format: Share you research

Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe would like to invite you to our new D Tea P event. Come along and spend an hour hearing about the research your fellow ESRC DTP students are working on.

Wednesday 8th May

How to write for social media 

1pm - 4pm, B4, Criminology (lunch provided)

Half day workshop with Simon Hall, ex BBC journalist. Simon coaches business executives, politicians and senior civil servants.  This workshop focuses on skills to help you write creatively and communicate clearly, raising your social media profile, and producing compelling blogs and posts that will be read by a wide audience.

Please sign up in advance

Thursday 9th and Friday 10th May

Call for places will be going out soon

Film Making Skills with Cambridge Digital Humanities

This is a two day intensive workshop to help make a polished and comprehensive film to support your research for however you wish to use it.  This particular event is being run as a cross-DTP activity with ESRC/AHRC/NERC and will go out as a call in the next few weeks.

Wednesday 15th May

Writing for a non-academic audience

11am to 1pm, Meeting Room B, 17 Mill Lane

We are delighted to welcome The Conversation an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public. Their team of professional editors work with university and research experts to unlock their knowledge for use by the wider public. We are delighted that Georgina Hall from The Conversation team will be providing a comprehensive workshop on how to write for a non-academic audience.

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: 

Friday 25th October 2019

Cambridge ESRC DTP Student Conference 

10am to 4pm

Venue to be confirmed
More details will be available very soon but please save the date in your diaries!

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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:


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.