Events 2023/24

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 January to April 2024

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*We have postponed this event for later in the academic year. We will update this page when we have finalised a date*

Where: Online via Teams

WhenPostponed until further notice

How to register: TBC

 

We would like to invite part-time students to join us for a relaxed and informal online meeting to meet and catch up with other part-time colleagues. The session will be an opportunity to talk about your experiences as a part-time student with the hope of establishing greater connection across the part-time student cohort.

 

This event is only open to part-time DTP Scholars from Brunel University, the Open University, and Oxford University. Please use your University email to register interest. 

Where: Online via Zoom

When: 31st January 2024, 10:00-12:15

How to registerhttps://forms.office.com/e/sg6YjAN7QS

Run by Dr Sabina Strachan (how2glu), this graphically facilitated workshop will help you understand the relationship between ‘soft’ skills, attitudes, behaviours and ‘hard skills’, what skills and behaviours are sought after by employers, clients or funders and how to build these into your PhD experience and evidence them. We will also look at skills relevant to academic and non-academic career paths and understand commonalities and differences.

You’ll work through glucard™ activities, share experiences and identify your own strengths and employability skills. We’ll identify challenges that might affect your transition from PG research and discuss strategies and actions to overcome them.

We’ll look at different kinds of opportunities that would enable you to develop desirable skills, how to access those opportunities, and how to evidence your skills and strengths to potential employers, etc. We’ll also work through specific steps that will allow you to practise one of these strategies as individuals and in small groups, looking at the ‘managing expectations’ skill using a glucard™ tool.

Sabina will illustrate concepts, demonstrate tools by sharing live visualisations and respond to your particular experiences, questions and objectives.

This event is only open to Grand Union DTP Scholars at Brunel University, the Open University, and Oxford University. Please register your interest via the booking form by 24th January 2024, using your University email address and we will then inform those who have been allocated a place on the programme.

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. 

Where: ESRC Grand Union DTP Hub Space, Manor Road Building, Oxford

When: 1st February 2024, 10:00-12:00

How to Registerhttps://forms.office.com/e/H5TY0Vm4Z8

We would like to invite you to join us for refreshments in the ESRC GUDTP Hub Space for an informal meeting and catch up with your colleagues in the cohort and members of the DTP Management team who will be available to answer queries about the support schemes, your plans, and anything else relating to your studentship. 

Please do come along for tea, coffee and biscuits - we hope to see you there!

This event is only open to ESRC Grand Union DTP Scholars at Brunel University, the Open University, and Oxford University. Please register using your University email address.

Where: Online via Zoom

When: 7th February 2024, 10:00-12:15

How to registerhttps://forms.office.com/e/RynPmTBux1

Run by Dr Sabina Strachan (how2glu), this workshop will help you understand how to develop relevant experience and demonstrate competencies by working through individual and group activities to identify approaches for different careers paths, explore different kinds of CV and how to find helpful resources. (Note: this session is a good follow on from the ‘employability skills’ workshop).

We’ll look at examples of chronological, skills-based, academic, project-based and portfolio CVs and talk through what options are going to work best for you. You’ll then capture your career goals in terms of values, motivations and working environment. And then we’ll then look at five sought-after transferable skills – communication, confidence, expectation management, flexibility and optimism – and ways you can enhance, develop and evidence them through your PhD experience.

You will create a glucard™ CV builder to capture your transferable skills, experience and examples. We’ll work through common issues and barriers and Sabina will share examples of different career journeys and modes of presentation, graphically facilitate the session, demonstrating key learning and tools and link further resources.

This event is only open to Grand Union DTP Scholars at Brunel University, the Open University, and Oxford University. Please register your interest via the booking form by 31st January 2024, using your University email address and we will then inform those who have been allocated a place on the programme.

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.

Where: Online via Teams

When: 28th February 2024, 15:00-16:30

How to registerhttps://forms.office.com/e/2RBkA2N1Jp

A panel of speakers from different disciplines will focus on giving advice about the basics of publishing academic books. This will be followed by an extensive Q&A. 

The speakers will include:

  • Dr Georgia Cole: is currently a Chancellor's Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Edinburgh. Georgia is currently the Book Review Editor for Journal of Refugee Studies, and has served on the editorial board for the Journal of Eritrean Studies.
  • Dr Ece Kocabicak: is a Lecturer in Sociology within the School of Social Sciences and Global Challenges at the Open University. Ece's research monograph, "The Political Economy of Patriarchy in the Global South", (Routledge Gender and Economics Series) has been nominated for the prestigious 2023 British Sociological Association's Philip Adams Memorial Prize. Ece's book is also selected as an Essential reading in Choice Reviewed Titles selection, a publishing unit at the Association of College & Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association.
  • Dr Julia Ebner: a researcher specialising in radicalisation, extremism and terrorism studies. She is a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Calleva Centre of Evolution and Human Sciences at the University of Oxford (Magdalen College) and a Research Affiliate at the Centre for the Study of Social Cohesion. Julia completed her DPhil in Anthropology at the University of Oxford as a fully funded ESRC DTP Scholar and a St John’s College Alumni Fund Scholar. Based on her DPhil research, she was a finalist for the ESRC Impact Prize 2023 and won the MRS President’s Medal 2023. Julia has published numerous award winning and international bestselling books and Julia’s latest book “Going Mainstream: How Extremists Are Taking Over” (Ithaka Press) was released in 2023

 

The Teams link will be distributed to valid University email addresses on the morning of the event. 

This event is only open to Masters and PhD students from Brunel University, the Open University, and Oxford University. Please use your University email to register interest, we will not distribute the Teams link to personal email addresses.

Where: ESRC Grand Union DTP Hub Space, Manor Road Building, Oxford

When: 1st March 2024, 10:00-12:00

How to Registerhttps://forms.office.com/e/vAsLYjMYab

We would like to invite you to join us for refreshments in the ESRC GUDTP Hub Space for an informal meeting and catch up with your colleagues in the cohort and members of the DTP Management team who will be available to answer queries about the support schemes, your plans, and anything else relating to your studentship. 

Please do come along for tea, coffee and biscuits - we hope to see you there!

This event is only open to ESRC Grand Union DTP Scholars at Brunel University, the Open University, and Oxford University. Please register using your University email address.

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 2023/24 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 2023

You can find the Oxford Social Sciences Researcher Development Term Card for October to December 2023 here. To book onto an event you will need to use the Single Sign-On login.