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.**

Upcoming DTP Events 2021

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When: Thursday 13th May, 9:30am-1pm or 2-5:30pm.

Where: Online remotely via Zoom. 

Registration of interest link Morning 

Registration of interest link Afternoon

A day long workshop on media engagement with two experienced former BBC journalists, Claire Bolderson and Caroline Finnigan. They will guide you through the process of refining your academic work into a story that is accessible to a wider audience. How do you draw people in with hooks and angles? How do you tell your story without over simplifying it? Through the day, practical exercises and examples will be used to help you get the best results. There will be plenty of interaction with the Trainers and each other.

The workshop includes an exploration of social media and how best to use it to get greater exposure for you and your work. You will also learn how to perform effectively in a media interview. Tips will be given on preparation, appearance and delivery.

Please note these workshops are open to current ESRC Grand Union DTP Studentship holders only. This event is prioritised for those in the second year of their PhD or later. Please can you also use your University email to register you interest in Eventbrite.

The deadline for expressions of interest for this training session is 10th May 2021. Please note that registering your interest does not guarantee you a place. You will be notified whether you were allocated a place by 12th May 2021.

Due to the limited number of spaces available and expended interest in these sessions , please only register interest if you are certain you will attend if offered a place. If you cannot attend, please do let the DTP know so we may allocate the space to another student.


When: Thursday 17th June. 10:00-13:00 Thematic Presentations, 14:00-16:00 "Research in the Real World" Keynote

Where: Online via Microsoft Teams.

Registration for the morning presentations:

Registration for the keynote: 


This year we will be hosting a scaled-down Grand Union DTP conference online via Microsoft Teams. We will be hosting thematic webinars giving ESRC-funded students the opportunity to present a 10 minute overview of their research. This is open to all DTP students and we encourage you to join to practice presenting to a wide non-specialist audience, to connect with students within the DTP across disciplines, pathways, and institutions, and to discover the research taking place across the DTP. 


This will be followed by the conference keynote "Research in the Real World" with Dr Zubaida Haque (Independent SAGE) and Professor Leon Feinstein (Rees Centre, University of Oxford) who will talk about research in the real world from perspectives of their careers inside and outside of academia. This will be followed by a discussion and Q&A session chaired by Professor Alex Betts and Dr Velda Elliott of the DTP.


*The deadline for registration to present is 10th June. Registration for general admission will remain open until the 17th June.*

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. 


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 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

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 or operated by the research council.