The Grand Union DTP, its students and the Scholars' Association host a variety of events across the partnership covering a wide range of topics and themes.  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 Oct-Dec 2021

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When: Thursday 4th November 4-5.30pm

Where: Online remotely via Teams. 

Eventbrite link for booking: 

In this session a panel of recent graduates from the PhD/DPhil will talk about their immediate post-doctoral role, how they progressed from student to work place and the transferable skills gained during doctoral study.

Our speakers are:

  • Dr Natasha Robinson, currently a post-doctoral research associate at the Department of Education, University of Oxford who will take up an ESRC post-doc shortly;
  • Dr Jessie Barton Hronešová, who has just moved to the USA with a Marie Curie Fellowship, following an ESRC post-doc;
  • Dr Matilda Andersson, who is the Group Managing Director at Crowd DNA.

There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion. We will finish with some advice from Professor Steve Pile (Grand Union DTP Associate Director, The Open University) on compiling a post-doctoral fellowship application.

Please note this event is only for those in the 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of their PhD/DPhil. Please use your University email to book via Eventbrite. This event is open to non-ESRC funded students.

The deadline for booking for this event is 3rd November, 5:30pm. You will be sent a Teams link to the event closer to the time.


When: Thursday 18th November: (online) 2-4pm

Where: Online remotely via Teams. 

Eventbrite link for booking:

A panel of speakers from different disciplines, ranging from students to journal editors will focus on giving advice about the basics of publishing your first journal article, whether as a solo author or co-authored with your supervisor. This will be followed by an extensive session of Q&A which will get to grips with the nitty gritty of what the journal sites don’t tell you. 

The panel consists of:

  • Dr SJ Cooper-Knock (she/they) is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Sheffield, researching housing, policing and justice in urban South Africa. She is currently on the Editorial Board of JSAS and the Editorial Team of Critical African Studies. She completed her doctorate at Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford, as an ESRC scholar. For a taste of her work see: (although she recommends not using ‘beyond’ twice in the same title).
  • Dr Kelsey Inouye is a Senior Researcher at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland and University of Geneva. She also works part-time as a Research Assistant at the Research Staff Hub at the University of Oxford. Kelsey received her DPhil from the Department of Education (Oxford) as a Clarendon Scholar, and her research interests include doctoral education, research writing, and non-academic PhD career trajectories. For a taste of her work, see:
  • Helen Pickford is a Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist with a special interest in injury rehabilitation. She two published papers, with a third awaiting approval. The two published papers are based on a research project she undertook for her MSc dissertation, (written in collaboration with her supervisor) and both looked at long-term injury in Football in the UK. The first paper looked at the long-term psychological consequences of injury for footballers, and the second investigated the current provision of mental health support available in UK football clubs. See: and

Please use your University email to book via Eventbrite. This event is open to non-ESRC funded students in the Social Sciences at Oxford University, The Open University, and Brunel University. The deadline for booking for this event is 17th November, 5:30pm. You will be sent a Teams link to the event closer to the time.


When: Seminar: Monday 6th December: (online) 9:45–1pm. One-to-one internship planning: Monday 6th December 2-5pm and Tuesday 7th December 9:45am-14:30pm.

Where: Online remotely via Teams. 

Eventbrite link for booking seminar and interest in one-to-one:

A half day seminar focusing on internships, placements and taking your skills into non-academic settings in policy and industry environments.

This will include keynotes from:

  • Dr Gary Morris, who recently completed his doctorate on business-university knowledge exchange and is now Director of Enterprise at Southampton Education School;
  • Dr Tanja Collavo of the Judge Business School, Cambridge, will focus on the benefits and challenges of placements in industry and social enterprise.

A panel of students who have taken advantage of the ESRC funding arrangements to undertake internships or placements of various sorts will discuss their experiences and add their advice, including

  • Peter Mitchell is a final year DPhil student whose research focuses on investigating ethnic school segregation within English school systems. Between Jan-Jun 2021 he undertook two part time placements as a part of his studies at the department. The first was with TeacherTapp, a fast-growing UK EdTech start up, whose survey app helps businesses and policy makers understand the thoughts and opinions of teachers working in the UK. The second was with Emerge Education, a venture capital firm which backs promising EdTech start-ups based in Europe.
  • Luke Botting is a first year DPhil on an ESRC-funded 2+2 programme, studying International Relations and Green Templeton College. Their research focuses on human security, though they also interact with outside partners on broader security and defence issues. Before started the MPhil at Oxford, Luke served in the Royal Air Force. Between January and February 2021 he interned at the UK Ministry of Defence providing academic research into emerging trends in contemporary warfare. Luke was subsequently invited back to participate in a conference on a similar topic, also held by the MoD.
  • Ludovic Arnaud is a third year DPhil in International Development at Oxford, working on the impact of anti-globalisation backlashes in the Global North on North-South trade relations. Their case study is the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement under US President Trump. Ludovic’s research consists mostly of in-depth interviews of trade negotiators, politicians, CEOs, and union leaders. They interned at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) during the summer 2021, where they developed the methodology for their first Sustainable Ocean Economies report, wrote press releases, and edited said report.

Following this there will be (Monday pm and all day Tuesday 7th December) opportunities for one-on-one meetings for planning your own internships/ placements (in person or online).


When registering for this event please indicate your interest in a one-to-one. This event is only for ESRC funded DTP students. Please use your University email to book via Eventbrite. The deadline for booking for this event is 3rd December, 12pm. You will be sent a Teams link to the event closer to the time.

External Events & Training Opportunities

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During the 2020-21 academic year, the Social Sciences Division ran Oxford Minds, an online curriculum enrichment programme for our graduate students. It aimed to cover on the issues that matter for Oxford, for the social sciences, and for the wider world -- that we ‘mind’. It covered themes, theory, and methods. 

In Michaelmas 2021, we will continue with Oxford Minds through fortnightly online discussions and debates held on Tuesdays (in 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 8th weeks) at 5pm, and then also made available on the SSD website. The series will provide an opportunity for the Social Sciences Division to convene conversations that transcend departments and lie at the core of the social sciences.  

These can be found online here along with recordings from previous events.


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



The Social Sciences Division, together with the Oxford Character Project, is partnering with St. Gallen Symposium to organise the Global Leadership Challenge, a conference from 9–15 December 2021, which will bring together 100 emerging leaders from around the world to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time by integrating responsible leadership and practical actions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Throughout the week-long challenge, the participants will engage in cross-generational dialogues with senior leaders, learn from a diverse group of peers, and develop a wide range of SDG action projects that directly impact their communities around the world. 


The event is open to inspiring Oxford postgraduate students from all disciplines, and particularly from the social sciences, who are committed to responsible leadership and have a passion for engaging with complex challenges.


Around 30 places are reserved for SSD graduate students and Grand Union DTP students (there is no cost), and last year many students from across the Division participated. 


The deadline for Oxford SSD students (and GUDTP students) to apply is 1 November 2021 at 12 noon.   

Application form:


Please write to if you have any questions or need more information.  


SDG Impact Lab 

The Oxford SDG Impact Lab is a new initiative that enables students to collaborate with business to achieve real world impact in sustainable development. It aims to provide graduate students in the Social Sciences and Humanities access to develop practical skills while working towards organisational change. We are looking for graduate students to join the programme as Fellows in Hilary and Trinity term. This year, the opportunity has also been opened for applications to be received from across the DTP. 


The SDG Impact Fellowship  

Fellows will join a 16-week training programme (one event per week) through Hilary (January-March) and Trinity (April-June) terms, covering areas such as leadership, project management, organisational change, pitching, and sustainability.

They will then participate in a fully funded 4-week research placement at a field-lab in the Mediterranean, focusing on the SDGs. They will receive a stipend of £2,000.


Our Founding Partner

Our first partner is easyJet holidays, a forward-thinking, values-driven company, which recently committed to Net Zero, and is aiming to build an evidence-based sustainability strategy. 


Two Information Events 

SDG Impact Lab introductory lunch in the Lab from 12-1:30pm on Monday 22nd November. Details and booking here  

SDG Impact Lab launch event at Pembroke College from 5-7pm on Monday 29th November. Details and booking here



The deadline for applications is 5th December, and details of how to apply are on the SDG Impact Labs website.

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 Year Card

You can download the current ESRC Grand Union DTP Year Card here. This year card also contains the dates of the Oxford Minds events.

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.