The Grand Union DTP, its students and the Scholars' Assocation host a variety of events across the partnership covering a wide range of topics and themes. Event details over the coming academic year are listed below. All events currently open for registration can also be viewed on the Grand Union DTP's Eventbrite page here. Additional events not directly sponsored by the GUDTP but still highly relevant to Social Sciences students are also listed below. 

**Please note that all DTP events will be hosted online until further notice.**

DTP Events October-December 2020

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When: Thursday 26th November 5-6:30pm

Where: Online (Microsoft Teams)

Registration link:

With great research done, how do you take that next step into publishing your work? How do you make the jump from thesis writing to journal/article publishing?

The DTP welcomes a panel of both current students and academics to discuss the process of publishing journal articles and their experiences as researchers in this area. 


When: Thursday 3rd December 4-5:30pm

Where: Online (Microsoft Teams)

Registration link:  

Meet fellow DTP students in a casual setting for discussion

The DTP would like to invite our student cohort to join the Research Methods Café, for the opportunity to meet other students and discuss your research plans, particularly relating to the wider theme of methodology. This would be an excellent chance to connect (virtually!) with fellow DTP scholars across the student cohort engaged in similar areas.


When: Multiple sessions offered, spaces limited in each

  • Thursday 10th December 2-4:15pm
  • Tuesday 15th December: 10am-12:15pm
  • Tuesday 15th December 7-8:15pm & Thursday 17th December 7-8:15pm (split sessions)

Where: Online

Registration links: 


Has Covid-19 affected your research? Has data gathering or fieldwork not gone as originally planned? Are you having difficulty motivating yourself to write?

This participative workshop professionally delivered by Dr Sabina Strachan from howtoglu ltd will help you to identify key outcomes and objectives of your research and map out realistic and achievable alternative routes to achieving them. In this way you will be able to interrogate options and create a ‘back up plan’ whether plans have already been disrupted or in case it’s needed in the future.

The focus will be on how you could re-plan activities that will achieve those intended outcomes and explore problem-solving skills and flexible approaches that will help you adapt to change. The workshop will help free your creative thinking by getting draft strategies down on paper, give you practical tools and tangible examples, and grow your capabilities and confidence to take actions forward.

**Three identical workshops will be offered in order to allow as many DTP students as possible to join, as spaces are limited. Priority will be given to funded students in the doctoral phase and MPhil students entering their second year of the award.**

External Events & Training Opportunities

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Oxford's Social Sciences Division is launching a new digital curriculum enhancement programme for postgraduate students. 

Serving as a graduate enrichment programme during extraordinary times, Oxford Minds is built upon three eight-week pillars: themes, theory and methods. The series will unfold on a fortnightly cycle. Four times per terms, a globally recognised speaker will give a public lecture on a specific topic. In each subsequent week, this will be followed by both an inter-disciplinary panel discussion and small, interactive discussion groups jointly facilitated by senior academics and doctoral students.  

Please see the Social Sciences website for further details. 


When: Wednesday 25th November 2020 10am-12pm

Where: Online

Registration link:  

In this interactive online session, we will reflect on what makes a great presentation and how you can achieve it as well as things to avoid when presenting your research.

From this session, participants will:

• Understand why delivery skills are important both inside and outside research

• Have techniques and best practice knowledge to implement when presenting

• Have techniques for dealing with presentation nerves

The session will be delivered by Dunan Yellowlees, a specialist provider of presentation and communications training. 

**The deadline for expressions of interest for this training session is 16 November 2020. Please note that registering your interest does not guarantee you a place. Places for this training are limited and each institution will allocate places on competitive basis if demand exceeds availability.


Please find below the relevant links to access researcher development training opportunities at each partner institution. Due to the implications of COVID-19, large amounts of training and courses have been transitioned to being offered online. 



Where specific training is not available at your home institution, training courses may be available instead at one of our partner institutions. If you have any questions about accessing training listed on the above sites, please make the DTP office at your home institution your first contact and they can assist you from there. 


In 2004 the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) set up the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) at the University of Southampton. NCRM was tasked to increase the quality and range of methodological approaches used by UK social scientists through a programme of training and capacity building, and with driving forward methodological development and innovation through its own research programme.

The courses are very reasonably priced at £30 a day for students and they are covering a wide range of topics, offered by both NCRM as well as external training providers. 

Students can browse the full training database here

Past Event Links

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Please see the tab on the left-hand side or click here to access the library of Grand Union DTP event recordings made available to students. 


(This series has completed - recordings of the below sessions are now available for viewing at the same link)

The Department of International Development has organised a series called the 'Oxford Development Talks' to showcase the best of Oxford thinking on international development and to make it accessible to a wider general public. The talks will take a variety of forms, from lectures to interviews, and will take key ideas from research and explain them in an accessible way. All the talks will be live on Zoom at regular points during Trinity Term 2020. Themes will include:


  • 'How Covid-19 Will Affect the Global Poor'

Monday 18th May, 2pm 

Sabina Alkire 

  • 'China's Growth Strategy, and What It Means for the World'

Tuesday 26th May, 2pm 

Xiaolan Fu

  • 'Space, Class and Social Distancing in the Indian City'

Monday 1st June, 2pm 

Nandini Gooptu

  • ‘Migration Control and Human Rights in the Pandemic Era'

Monday 8th June, 2pm 

Cathryn Costello

  • 'The Growing Costs of Inequality: Lessons from Latin America'

Monday, 15th June, 2pm 

Diego Sanchez-Ancochea

  • 'Islam in the Changing World'

Friday, 19th June, 2pm 

Masooda Bano

  • 'The Politics of Pandemics in Africa' 

Monday, 22nd June, 2pm 

Simukai Chigudu 

  • 'Should We Abolish Immigration Control?'

Monday, 29th June, 2pm 

Matthew Gibney 


To access the complete programme and registration details, please visit


(This series has completed - recordings of the below sessions are now available for viewing at the same link)

An exciting opportunity has come up for DTP students to attend a number of webinars scheduled throughout May and June, covering relevant topics across the Social Sciences and sponsored by the ESRC Incubator Fund. Themes will include:

  • 3G Internet and Confidence in Government

  • Structural Reforms and Elections: Evidence from a World-Wide New Dataset

  • Africa’s Latent Assets: or, how to be optimistic about African development

  • Will the EU survive?

  • German Division and Reunification and the "Effects" of Communism

  • Measuring Textual Sophistication in Specific Domains Using Machine Learning

  • Populism and Economic Decline

  • The Brexit Vote and Labour Demand: Evidence from Online Job Postings

  • The Democratic Scar of Epidemics

The webinar series will feature a different speaker each week with opportunity for Q&A. To access the complete programme and registration details, please visit

ESRC Grand Union DTP 2020-21 Events Year card

For a complete list of events for the 2020-21 academic year, please download the year card here.

ESRC Grand Union DTP Eventbrite

For a list of all events currently open for registrations, please visit our Eventbrite homepage here


Please visit the ESRC's website here to access a list of upcoming events directly sponsored and operated by the research council.