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 April to October 2023

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Where: St Anne's College, Oxford

When: 12th and 13th of June, running from Monday 11:00 until Tuesday 13:00

Deadlines to present: 01 May 2023

Deadlines to register: 29 May 2023  

How to register: via Microsoft Forms (a link has been distributed via email to those eligible to attend)


We are excited to announce that the Call for Participation and Registration are now open for the Grand Union DTP Annual Conference 2023. 


There are various formats available for participation, or you are welcome to come along as an attendee. 


Like last year we would like all attendees to submit a postcard-sized digital representation of their thesis, suitable for printing. This might be in the form of an image, or a limerick, a three word thesis, or any variation. Whatever can fit on a postcard. The only stipulation is that it should also include your name. These will be printed and displayed in the communal areas at the conference, with opportunities for discussion and there will be prizes for the best postcards!


In addition you may choose to present in one of the following ways:


  1. A 15-20 minute presentation (traditional conference format) to be followed by 5 minutes Q&A;
  2. A 5 minute presentation;
  3. A poster presentation.


For category (a) you will be asked for a 200 word abstract; for categories (b) and (c) only a title is required at this stage. All stages of research are welcomed for all formats.


Please note this event is only for ESRC Grand Union DTP funded students from The University of Oxford, Brunel University, and the Open University. 

Where: Online via Teams

When: 18th May, 15:00-16:30

How to register 


How can social science research be adapted to be relevant for business and public policy audiences? Beyond academic publishing, what does it mean to translate research so that it can be accessible and influential among key decision-makers? 


This online panel will draw upon a series of insights from academics and professional services staff whose work engages with public policy or business. 


The event will also offer an opportunity to meet the new, incoming Director of the DTP, Professor Rebecca Surender. 


Confirmed speakers (to include):

  • Alexander Betts, Prof. of Forced Migration and International Affairs, University of Oxford 
  • Rebecca Surender, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford 
  • Helena Channon-Wells, Innovation and Business Partnerships Manager, Social Sciences Division, University of Oxford 
  • Trisha Gopalakrishna, Oxford Policy Engagement Network (OPEN) Fellow and a DPhil student in Geography, University of Oxford


Please note, this event is only for students from The University of Oxford, Brunel University, and the Open University. Please register using your University email address We will not send invites to personal email addresses.


This event will be online via Teams and the link to join the meeting will be distributed closer to the time. If you are not a student from the University of Oxford, Brunel University, or The Open University you will not be sent the Teams link.

Where: Online via Zoom

When: 31st May, 13:30-17:00

How to register


We will be offering a half-day (three and a half hour-hour) Zoom 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 relevant and appropriate hooks and angles? How do you tell your story the story of your research effectively and fairly?


This event is only open to ESRC Grand Union DTP Scholars at Brunel University, the Open University, and Oxford University. Please register your interest via the booking form by 25th May 2023, and we will then inform those who have been allocated a place on the course.


There are limited spaces available for these sessions and the DTP is paying for external trainers to facilitate, so please only register your interest if you are certain you would attend if offered a place and if you have not already attended a Media Training Event we have run. 



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

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. 


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 January to April 2023 here. To book onto an event you will need to use the Single Sign-On login.