External Training Opportunities

National Centre for Research Methods (NCRS)

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 at £30 a day for students and they are covering a wide range of topics over the next few months.

Students can browse the full training database here: https://bit.ly/2G5Ms2A

ESRC Media training

The Economic and Social Research Council

An ESRC-funded one day training session that provides opportunity to develop patical media skills in a save environment.

The course is tailor-made for academics no matter what stage of their career, including those with little or no experience of interaction with the media.

The aim of the day is to be fun as well as informative, building relationships and confidences, whilst learning new shills in a supportive environment.

To book please follow the below link.


Participatory action research: theories, methods and challenges

durham university

Thursday 11th and Friday 12th July, 2019

Durham, UK



A two day course for doctoral students and members of community organisations.

The objectives of the course are to:

 Enable participants to develop critical understandings of the uses, advantages and limitations of PAR, and an ability to draw on a range of theoretical and practical insights.

Develop participants’ awareness of ethical and political challenges in PAR, particularly in community-university partnership working, and strategies for handling these.

Facilitate the development of participants’ confidence in working with the complexities of PAR within different disciplines and settings.

Offer participants the experience of learning and understanding through active participation during the course, particularly through the co-inquiry group model.

Develop participants’ understanding of the impacts that PAR may have, and processes for creating and capturing these.

Timing: the course will start at 10.30 on Day 1 and finish at 16.00 on Day 2.

How to apply: Places are limited to 40, so early booking is advisable. If you are a member of a community organisation interested in attending please complete the online application form for community organisations. If you are a doctoral student, please complete the online application form for doctoral students.

The closing date is Friday 12th April, 2019 (5pm).

Costs: The course is free for PhD students from NINEDTP Universities: Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Queens Belfast, Teesside and Ulster, and for members of community organisations.

£60 to attend for postgraduate research students from other Universities. This fee includes meals during the two days, but doesn’t include overnight accommodation.

For full details please see below link:

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Summer Institute of Computational Social Science, Oxford 2019 (SICSS-Oxford) 

We are writing to invite applications for the first edition of the Summer Institute of Computational Social Science, Oxford (SICSS-Oxford), which will take place from the evening of the 16th of June to the morning of the 29th of June, 2019. The purpose of SICSS-Oxford is to bring together graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and beginning faculty interested in computational social science, and to build connections across existing communities in Oxford interested in leveraging computational methods for social research. The Summer Institute is for both social scientists and data scientists.

SICSS started as an initiative at Princeton University and is led by Christopher Bail and Matthew Salganik. This summer, SICSS-Oxford will run in coordination with SICSS-Princeton and  a number of other locations, run by alumni of the 2017 and 2018 Summer Institutes. The instructional program will involve lectures, problem sets and workshops. Topics covered include text as data, digital trace data, online experiments, non-probability sampling, machine learning, and ethics. The second week will involve participant-led research projects. There will also be outside speakers, who conduct computational social science research. There will be ample opportunities for students to discuss their ideas and research with the organisers  other participants, and speakers. Because we are committed to open and reproducible research, all materials created by faculty and students for the Summer Institute will be released open source.

Participation is restricted to Ph.D. students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty within 7 years of their Ph.D. There are no registration fees to participate, and participants meals during the institute will be covered. About 25 participants will be invited. Participants with less experience coding will be expected to complete a set of online learning modules on the R programming language. 

Further details about applying to SICSS-Oxford and required application materials are available at https://compsocialscience.github.io/summer-institute/2019/oxford/

Causal Cognition in Humans and Machines

Date: 3-4 May 2019

Location: Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford

Call for Presenters and Registration

Causal Cognition in Humans and Machines is a two-day interdisciplinary workshop that will bring together academic researchers from the fields of psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, linguistics, education, computer science, and philosophy. 

Work on causal cognition in humans focuses on mapping and understanding the development of cognitive processes that are involved in reasoning about cause-effect relations in both everyday life and in more formal contexts such as science. Research in computer science and AI has moved closer to modelling human cognition, aiming to capture a variety of cognitive modes by taking inspiration from leading psychologists. This is therefore a particularly good moment for researchers from these different backgrounds to share different theoretical frameworks and methodologies. For more information please click here https://www.causalcognitioninhumansandmachines.com/ 

Connected life 2019: Data and Disorder

Monday 24th June (Oxford) & Tuesday 25th June (London) conference

Connected Life 2019 Data & Disorder will provide an engaging forum for a cross-disciplinary network of researchers from around the world to consider the broad societal implications of automated data collection, processing, and analysis in all facets of daily life.

For full details please see below link.


Conflict and Identity: Confronting the past through education



17th - 18th October 2019

University of Oxford, Oxford


This two-day conference will explore the evolving relationship between conflict and identity, with a specific interest in the role of history education in pre-conflict, at-conflict, and post-conflict societies. It will focus on how teachers and lecturers present history; how such choices shape identity; and how history education can be used for the purposes of promoting or undermining peaceful societies.

Papers are welcome that explore how teachers and education systems have managed history and identity alongside the recent memory of conflict in societies past and present. Papers may address the general theme or more of the following questions;

Can history lessons help students heal from trauma?

The use of literature, art, music and memory in post-conflict education

What is the relationship between recent conflict and collective identities?

How should identity conflicts be navigated in the classroom?

How has violence and trauma been addressed in countries with difficult pasts?

Historic examples of reconciliation education

Can you educate for historical justice?

Is remembrance productive in educational setting?

Building bridges between conflicts: teaching other violent pasts

Teaching history for social cohesion: issues and dilemmas

Teacher identity when discussing difficult past in the classroom

How to broach the contemporary legacies of difficult pasts?

To submit a paper proposal, please submit a 350-work abstract and a short biography by June 22nd 2019

For full details please see below link/document:


CHEW Conference 2019

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When:  May 31st to June 1st, 2019

Where: St Antony’s College, Oxford


The 2019 Conference theme will be Chinese Techno-Futures. Technology is rapidly reshaping Chinese society, opening up previously unthinkable possibilities but also creating new and pressing challenges, including socio-economic disruptions, new types of social exclusion, and ethical/moral choices.

This event is being supported by the Grand Union DTP Incubator Fund and co-organised by a Grand Union award holder.


Science Policy Exchange Network - SciPEN

When: 30 May 2019

Where: London


Are you a researcher or PhD interested in having policy impact?

Meet the new Science Policy Exchange Network - SciPEN!


Science policy skills workshop and networking reception


SciPEN is hosting a one-day hands-on workshop exploring how to:

  • Collaborate with policy institutions as an academic
  • Communicate research effectively to policy makers
  • Transition from academia to a policy career


The workshop will be followed by a networking reception with a keynote from Prof Sir Peter Gluckman, former Chief Scientific Advisor of New Zealand and Chair of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA).


Graduate students and early career researchers from all universities are welcome. Further details and registration here.

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