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 current events 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. 

DTP Events 2019-20

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When: Thursday 12 March 2020, 17:00-19:00 (drinks to follow)

Where: Manor Road Building, Oxford

Registration link:

How can social science research change the world? As social scientists we explore questions that help us understand and explain human behaviour, often in ways that provide insights into the kinds of policy levers or practical action that can change the world for the better, in areas that include education, climate change, health and well-being, international development, crime, armed conflict, and social justice more broadly. But how can we ensure the knowledge we create can reach people beyond the academy, in ways that shape policy and practice within government, business, or the third sector, for example? Today, there are a whole series of related terms present in within social science: "impact", "public, policy, and business engagement", "knowledge exchange", and "innovation".

This session will aim to disentangle those terms and provide insight into how specifically at the doctoral stage, research can make a difference beyond the academy. The session will be based on a general overview, a panel of speakers, and an interactive group exercise inviting participants to develop their own "impact plans" for doctoral research. Drinks and networking to follow the event.

**This event is open to both ESRC-funded and non-ESRC funded students in the Social Sciences**


When: New dates to be announced 2020

Where: Manor Road Building, Seminar Room E

Registration link: TBC

Book a session with DTP Director Professor Alex Betts to discuss your doctoral journey, collaboration, and how things are progressing. 


When: Thursday afternoons (dates and times flexible)

Where: Social Sciences Divisional Office, Oxford

Booking: email


Book an informal session with DTP Manager Kate Gear and discuss any questions you might have about your studentship, the additional funding opportunities available through the Grand Union, claim form guidance, or other related topics. Sessions are one-on-one and will take place at the Social Sciences Divisional Office at Hayes House, 75 George Street, Oxford. Email us to set up your appointment date and time. 

**These sessions are open to current ESRC-funded Grand Union DTP students enrolled at the University of Oxford.**

External Events & Training Opportunities

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When: Feb - March 2020 (dates vary)

Where: Social Sciences Divisional Offices, 75 George St, Oxford

This series of 3 stand-alone workshops for Social Science DPhil students and Early Career Researchers runs throughout Hilary term and are a must if you are either exploring the idea of collaboration for the first time or have made steps already but would like to know more.


What is 'collaborating'?

10 Feb 2020, 14:30 - 16:00      

Researchers collaborate with all sorts of people and organisations - third-sector, social enterprises, businesses, the list goes on! It can be a rewarding experience, potentially enhancing your research and leading to greater impact. Whether you've previously thought about collaborating or not, come along to this workshop to learn about a new side of academia, and how it could enhance your development and future employability.


What type of collaboration works for you?

14 Feb 2020, 14:30 - 16:00

This workshop is for DPhil students and Early Career Researchers from the Social Sciences Division who want to develop a collaboration with a business or another non-academic organisation but are unsure about what the collaboration might be about/what type of collaboration would suit their needs the most.


Identifying potential collaborators

16 March 2020, 14:30 - 16:00               

Finding the right partner, understanding why they might see value in the collaboration, and convincing them why they should work with you or use your research to improve their services, products, or processes are challenges! Come along to think them through and start laying the foundations.


When: 25 March 2020

Where: Manor Road Building, Oxford

Registration link

Are you wondering what your next career move might be? Keen to find out which employers and sectors beyond academia value the skills you have developed as an early career researcher? Curious to know how other researchers have applied their expertise in non-academic contexts? The fourth annual Careers Conference for Researchers offers research staff and 3rd/4th year DPhil students the opportunity to explore a range of rewarding career pathways.

Download the informational poster here


When: Tuesday 12 May - Friday 15 May & Tuesday 19 May - Friday 22 May

Where: Department of Education, 15 Norham Gardens, OX2 9AZ, Oxford

Registration link:

The Quantitative Methods Hub at the Department of Education, University of Oxford, offers it annual Advanced Quantitative Methods Summer School, this year consisting of seven different courses during running Tuesday to Friday during two calendar weeks. The courses require an understanding of multiple regression modelling or other multivariate techniques. Students and staff are welcome to attend one, some or all days. 

Click here to download the in-depth programme covering each day of topics. Visit here to learn more about this opportunity. 

ESRC Grand Union DTP 2019-20 Events Year card

For a complete list of events for the 2019-20 academic year, please download the year card here.


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

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