Events 2022/23

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 upcoming events can be viewed on the Grand Union DTP website on this page. Additional events not directly sponsored by the GUDTP but still highly relevant to Social Sciences students are also listed below. 

Upcoming DTP Events October-December 2022

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Where: GUDTP Hub Space, Manor Road Building, Oxford

When: Friday 4th Nov 12:00 – 14:00

How to register: via Microsoft Forms here: https://forms.office.com/r/R8RWWvZBvT

 

We would like to welcome you to the unveiling of the new Grand Union DTP Hub Space located within the Manor Road Building, Oxford. We will use this opportunity to show you the space available, meet with the cohort, and hear your initial thoughts on how you would like to see the space used.

 

The launch event will also host the "Future of Social Sciences" panel discussion. A diverse and leading panel of Social Scientists will discuss the discipline and what the future holds for Social Scientists. The panel will consist of:

 

  • Professor Andrea Ruggeri. Professor of Political Science and International Relations and Director of the Centre for International Studies at the University of Oxford.
  • Professor Carlos Vargas-Silva. Professor in Migration Studies, Director of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford.
  • Victoria Taylor. DPhil Candidate in the Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford.  Prior to starting her DPhil, she worked as a Senior Researcher in the UK Civil Service.
  • To be chaired by Professor Alexander Betts. Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs, and Associate Head (Doctoral and Research Training) of the Social Science Division, at the University of Oxford. 

 

Please note, this event is only for ESRC funded DTP students from The University of Oxford, Brunel University, and the Open University. Please register using your University email address.

Where: Online via Teams

When: Thursday 10th Nov 12:30-14:00

How to register: via Microsoft Forms here: https://forms.office.com/r/yyYVjY8LtU 

 

A panel of speakers from different disciplines and points in their academic careers will focus on giving advice about the basics of publishing both academic journals and books. This will be followed by an extensive session of Q&A which will get to grips with the nitty gritty of what the publishers don’t tell you. The speakers will include:

 

  • Dr Marnie Howlett.  Departmental Lecturer in Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford.
  • Dr Georgia Cole. Book Review Editor, Journal of Refugee Studies and Chancellor's Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Edinburgh.
  • Professor Alexander Betts. Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs and Associate Head (Doctoral and Research Training) of the Social Science Division, University of Oxford

 

Please note, this event is only for Masters and PhD level students from The University of Oxford, Brunel University, and the Open University. Please register using your University email address.

Where: Online via Teams

When: Thursday 17th Nov 16:00 -17:00

How to register: via Microsoft Forms here: https://forms.office.com/r/KWxrQL55K3

 

This is an opportunity to meet with your cohort in an informal friendly setting. there will be breakout groups to encourage conversations with your cohort to discuss the Social Sciences and there will be opportunity to chat about non-Social Sciences topics. Members of the Scholars Association will also be present to chat about their upcoming events and will help lead the discussions.

 

Please note, this event is only for ESRC funded DTP students from The University of Oxford, Brunel University, and the Open University. Please register using your University email address.

Where: GUDTP Hub Space, Manor Road Building, Oxford

When: Thursday 24th Nov 15:00-17:00

How to register: via Microsoft Forms, here: https://forms.office.com/r/2cjGeu6zhS

 

Project management skills are crucial for academic and non-academic life. How can you plan, organise, and structure your work, whether individually or as part of an organisation? This interactive workshop will offer an overview of the management consultant toolkit and enable you to develop transferrable skills relating to project management.

 

The session will be delivered by Emily Kerr, an independent management consultant. After graduating from Cambridge and INSEAD, Emily worked for Bain & Company, has led Fashion & Home at e-Bay UK, and has worked as a consultant for companies as diverse as Coca-Cola, M&S, and WHSmiths. She has also founded a successful start-up and also applies her skills to her work as a Councillor on Oxford City Council.

 

Please note, this event is only for Masters and PhD students from The University of Oxford, Brunel University, and the Open University. Please register using your University email address.

Interested in studying for a DPhil across the social sciences? You may be eligible to apply for postgraduate funding through the Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)

 

The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership unites Brunel University, The Open University and the University of Oxford. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), it is one of 14 ESRC Doctoral Training Partnerships across the UK, providing postgraduate students with high-quality social science research training.

From 2017 to 2023, it will be offering more than 35 ESRC studentships each year for doctoral study on 23 pathways across the partner institutions. The Partnership is committed to a student-centred approach to research training, to widening access to postgraduate study, and to disciplinary and interdisciplinary research excellence.

DTP students receive financial support for living costs and fees (amount depending on eligibility), and have access to additional funding to support activities such as fieldwork, conference attendance and training. A Master's qualification is not a prerequisite for a studentship from the Grand Union DTP, with training designed for individuals based on an assessment of their prior learning and training needs.

Find out more at the live Q&A webinar on 12th December at 12pm (GMT) hosted by the DTP Director, Professor Alex Betts. The webinar will provide guidance about the application process and the opportunity to ask questions.

Register for the webinar here 

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, these were continued with Oxford Minds through fortnightly online discussions and debates and then were 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. 

 

 

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 https://www.qeh.ox.ac.uk/content/oxford-development-talks

ESRC Grand Union DTP Year Card

You can find the ESRC Grand Union DTP Year Card for 2022/23 here. Please note dates for events from January onwards are provisional and may change. 

ESRC UKRI Events

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

Social Sciences Researcher Development Term Card 2022

You can find the Oxford Social Sciences Researcher Development Term Card for the remainder of 2022 here. To book onto an event you will need to use the Single Sign-On login.