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ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Social Sciences


We will update this page as often as possibly, sourcing daily for webinars, online training and other digital resources and support. 

The DTP is also planning to provide some key online training for the Easter Term.


Webinars, recordings, videos

Webinar: Data management basics, 28th May 2020,  15.00 - 16.00 BST, UK Data Service

CSaP are running an Annual Conference Seminar Series 2020

CRASSH Online: The Commons are Dead. Long Live the Commons! 12th June 2020 - 13th June 2020

OASPA 2020 Online Conference: Open Access in a Time of Global Challenge - OASPA Register now

Webinar: Key issues in reusing data, 21 May 2020, Online, 3pm to 4pm, UK Data Service

Procrastination - Steve Joy (Head of Researcher Development) interviews Katie D'Arcy (freelance Researcher Development specialist) about procrastination: why we do it, and how we can overcome it.

Teaching social research methods asynchronously online – guiding principles from NCRM

Choosing the right digital communication tool from OurCambridge

Conducting qualitative fieldwork during Covid-19  YouTube recording of a webinar from 1st April 2020

Moving supervisions online Cambridge Centre for Learning and Teaching

What is scholarly communication and publishing in the 21st Century? If you missed this, they will have slides and a recording on their website

Mixed Methods Webinar Series Joint Displays to Facilitate Integration of Qual and Quant Research on YouTube

PODCAST: Mental health and Covid-19

Online Training

Personal and Professional Skills

Cambridge University Libraries - Research Skills training: 7 online modules, packed with key ideas and tips to guide you, whether you are searching for information, managing data, or preparing to publish. One module will be released each week, but you can take them whenever is convenient.

Cambridge University Language Centre is delivering for Easter term 2020 courses online using the Zoom conferencing/teaching tool for synchronous, interactive communication and Moodle (VLE). The fee for these courses is (heavily reduced for Easter) £22.

Communicating Assertively This online module will help you understand the assertive mindset and highlight what assertiveness looks and sounds like.

Project Management for ResearchersData Protection

Effective Supervision (training for PhD students)

Safeguarding Using Prevent

Speed Reading

Understanding Implicit Bias

Career Management for Early Career Academic Researchers Being an early career academic researcher, whether you’re a doctoral student or research staff, can be challenging: should you pursue further academic research? What skills will help you progress in an academic career? What other career options are open to you? On this course you will answer these questions and more, considering how to manage you career and reflecting on what you want out of a career. You will be encouraged to consider different career options, both within and outside academic research, and build your confidence in marketing yourself in applications and interviews.


COVID-19: Psychological Impact, Wellbeing and Mental Health Free online course, 3 weeks with 2 hours per week, FutureLearn

Cambridge Network  - provides wide range of training both academic and business related - there are costs involved, which your RTSG can cover

Scriptor Cube run a range of online workshops for payment (your RTSG will cover these costs) 

Virtual Writers Group

What is it?

  • Inspired by the work of Rowena Murray, it is a virtual structured writing hour, divided into 3 parts: 10 mins writing ‘warm-up’; 45 mins of writing*; 5 mins ‘cool down’. (These writing hours are also known as: ‘Writers Group’, ‘Shut up and Write’ or the ‘Anti-Procrastination, Productivity Hour’.) 

*broken down into 3 x 15 minute periods to be as flexible to your needs as possible.

When? Where? How?: 11am – 12pm UK time, Mondays – Thursdays on Zoom. 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 974 447 553
Password: 056749 

(Responsibility to use Zoom, internet connection etc will be with the participant and not the host.)

Why Participate? 

  • In this period of self-isolation, upheaval from our normal lives and work routines, researchers might be finding it ‘challenging’ to carve out time to write, whether articles, theses or administrative emails.
  • This period of self-isolation may make worse feelings of loneliness that many researchers experience anyway.
  • This virtual Writers Group seeks to counter these feelings by enabling researchers to come together (virtually), get on with the day-job of writing and in the process build a sense of connection and a virtual community. 
  • It can also be a space to help researchers manage their procrastination, too.  


  • Hosted by Dr Matt Lane, Director of the Researcher Development Partnership and formerly a researcher developer at Cambridge University, 2010-2018.  He was the institutional lead of Cambridge’s PhD Writers Group.

What you will need:

  • Computer, laptop, good old-fashioned pen and paper – whatever you write with and on.


NCRM online training -

Coursera (any costs can come from your RTSG)

Method Space – Connecting the Research Community


University self-taught programmes – this could be time to get properly up to speed with some of the MS software we usually learn as we go along: (Excel) (Outlook) (Powerpoint) (Publisher) (Word)


Cambridge UL

At the Cambridge University Library all Departmental and Faculty Libraries are closed until further notice, but they are open to users online. A webpage with FAQs has been set up to update users about future developments. There is also a dedicated website with advice for Cambridge University staff and students at the University and Colleges on novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Free student e-textbook programme to give university students and staff access to learning resources

With the unprecedented impact on higher education (HE) from the coronavirus outbreak, Kortext, the UK’s leading digital textbook platform, in conjunction with Jisc, is launching a nationwide programme to ensure all 2.4 million university students and 217,000 academic staff have access to their key learning resources during this crucial revision and exam period.
The programme partners helping to bring this together include Microsoft, which is delivering infrastructure, Kortext who are providing their platform free of charge and the key academic publishers that include; Pearson Education, Cengage, SAGE Publishing, Elsevier, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Wolters Kluwer.

Cambridge University Press is offering free, online access to ebooks

Cambridge University Press (CUP) is offering free, online access to a collection of over 2,000 ebooks hosted on Cambridge Core, for university libraries and their associated students and faculty. This collection includes their HTML textbooks, Cambridge Histories, Cambridge Companions, and Cambridge Elements – please visit the linked homepages for more information and title lists. This offer is open to everyone, regardless of whether access was previously purchased, until the end of May 2020.

If your institution already has access to one of their free reference collections then this should have automatically been updated to reflect the full extent of this offer. For further information, or if you would like to arrange free access for your institution, please ask your librarian to visit CUP's information page in the first instance.



Cambridge iDiscover

Sage Publications have removed the subscription gateway

They have also set up a site with free medical, social and behavioural science articles relating to pandemics and covid-19

Bloomsbury Collections delivers instant access to eBook collections across the humanities and social sciences.

Calling all social scientists from Emerald Publishing

Emerald Publishing is launching a publishing fund of £20,000 to cover the APCs for research published on Emerald Open Research related to the outbreak and similar healthcare emergencies. They are calling all social scientists working in various interdisciplinary research areas to get in touch as quickly as possible so they can help share their research findings. Emerald Open Research is an open access platform that supports rapid publication, an open data policy and open peer review process. Once articles have passed initial checks, they will be available to read, download and reuse.


The Brilliant Club Are you a PhD or postdoctoral researcher keen to inspire young people with your research? Applications are now open to work as a Scholars Programme tutor - apply by the end of May to work with us in 2020/21 

Making sure that no child loses out on an education due to school closures.

An initiative set up as a response to national school closures. Families who are unable to pay for private tutoring can find students from universities in the UK willing to volunteer some time to help with school work and revision over the phone or Skype