Peak Lecture Theatre


Peak Lecture Theatre
Owen Building, Howard Street, Sheffield Hallam University City Campus, S1 1WB


25 Mar 2020


10:00 am - 4:00 pm

CANCELLED: Working Beyond Disciplines – MA Social Research Training

The Working Beyond Disciplines training day introduces students to the ‘grand challenges’ within the thematic fields of their Interdisciplinary Training Pathway, and highlights the importance of interdisciplinary approaches to research. It prepares students for the cutting edge debates they will encounter at doctoral level.

It is compulsory for all ESRC funded MA students registered in September 2019, to attend this training day. It is also compulsory for non-ESRC funded MA students registered on the common framework WRDTP MA Social Research programme.

The day shall consist of one morning session for all students, followed by an afternoon Pathway specific session. Students will be asked to indicate which Pathway session they would like to attend upon registration. Further details regarding the interdisciplinary Pathways can be found on the WRDTP website under the ‘who we are’ tab.

The morning session will consist of a cross-Pathway panel which will address the ‘climate emergency’ as a defining contemporary challenge which demands multi- and inter-disciplinary understanding. Scholars from within the Pathways and from across the DTP partner universities will explore various perspectives on climate change, drawing upon different disciplinary insights before considering how interdisciplinary approaches might bring something beyond these perspectives. This cross-Pathway session will allow for a discussion which relates to broader debates about interdisciplinary research and policy impact, before students convene in their individual Pathway groups later in the day.

Confirmed Panel Speakers

Professor Hilary Graham, CBE, FBA

Professor of Health Sciences, University of York

Dr Kelly Redeker

Lecturer, Department of Biology, University of York

Full programme and further speakers will be announced closer to the event

The Working Beyond Disciplines training day is a compulsory event for all MA Social Research Students in receipt of ESRC funding.

We are aware that this date falls within the York vacation period, but we still very much hope that York students will be able to attend. As ever, where possible resources will be made available through the VIRE and via other means for those students who do have access to the VIRE.

If you have any difficulties attending this event please contact

Students are responsible for arranging travel to and from the All Cohort Training sessions.  You will be reimbursed for reasonable travel expenses upon presentation of original receipts/tickets (no photocopies or credit card receipts will be accepted) and completion of the relevant expense claim form/process via your Department/School. 

Hourly Schedule


10.00am - 10.15am
Arrival refreshments
10.15am - 10.30am
Welcome and Introduction
10.30am - 12.00pm
Cross-Pathway Keynote Panel
Panel speakers tbc
12.00pm - 1.00pm
1.00pm - 2.15pm
Pathway session Pt 1
2.15pm - 2.30pm
Comfort break
2.30pm - 4.00pm
Pathway sessions Pt 2