Online training

Location

Online training
BYO computer, your house, your address

Date

22 Jun 2021 - 23 Jun 2021

Time

9:30 am - 5:30 pm

WRDTP 10th Annual Conference

The White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership is holding its 10th Annual Conference in an online format between 22nd and 23rd June 2021.

The conference is a great opportunity to network with other doctoral researchers, share your research experiences, find out more about the training on offer from the DTP Pathways and meet your Pathway Director.

The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Professional Skills for PhD and post-PhD life’

As usual the conference will include a mixture of panel discussions and presentations, as well as interactive sessions. For a full schedule of events at this year’s conference, please see the bottom of this post. Individual sessions are described in the tabs below.

Building Collaborative Networks

Tuesday 22nd June

1.30pm – 3.00pm

Building collaborative networks is an important part of doctoral study, both for the research itself and for post-PhD work. In this conference session, the SMP team will reflect on their experiences of negotiating network building and the challenges and benefits of being part of such networks.

By the end of the session, participants will have an understanding of what a collaborative network is; how to build a collaborative network; the benefits of being part of such networks; the challenges of maintaining successful networks.

Speakers

Dr Caroline Oates

Reader in Marketing, SMP Director, Management School, University of Sheffield

Professor Andy Jonas

Professor of Human Geography, University of Hull

Professor Bruce Hearn

Chair in Accounting and Finance, University of Bradford

Simon Mollan

Senior Lecturer, The York Management School, University of York

Professor Lewis Holloway

Professor of Human Geography, University of Hull

Dr Sally Russell

Associate Professor, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds

Demystifying the Media and Think Tank World

Tuesday 22nd June

4.00pm – 5.30pm

How can we make our research intelligible and engaging to the media, and what do journalists, think tanks and others need from us to translate our findings for public consumption? If you’ve ever wondered about how to extend the reach and impact of your work so that it contributes to broader debates in the ‘real world’ this is the session for you! It brings together three experts who either work in, or work with, the media and policy think tanks. They will discuss strategies for accessing those worlds, translating academic research for wider consumption, and their own experiences of engaging in dialogue in the space that exists between academia and the public. How does the media mediate serious scholarship, and what can we do to influence that process and get involved in it? What are the constraints on better dialogue between academics, journalists and policy networks? What careers, both formal and freelance, are available in these areas for those with PhDs, and how can we become competitive for them?

This training event will: (i) help to demystify the media and think tank worlds, by providing a forum for discussion between PGRs and three experts about how we can better-connect research with those communities; (ii) provide students with insights about how to make their work translatable for wider consumption, and to develop strategies for engaging with journalists, think tankers and policy networks; and (iii) enable PGRs to consider the options and possibilities open to them for working in these areas themselves – whether permanently or alongside an academic career – and the things that they might need to do in order to translate the skills developed in their PhDs to fit those roles.

Speakers

Arianna Giovannini

Arianna Giovannini

Associate Professor (Reader) in Local Politics & Public Policy, DeMontfort University

Maya Goodfellow

Maya Goodfellow

Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at SPERI

Kate Proctor

Kate Proctor

Political Editor of Politics Home and The House Magazine

Why do we do research? Strategies for engaging the public in what we care about

Wednesday 23rd June

9.30am – 10.30am

Engaging publics is now a key aspect of being a researcher. The session will focus on the importance of making our research available and accessible to a range of audiences beyond academia. Lukasz Szulc will draw on his experience as a digital media scholar and an academic blogger to offer examples of successful strategies for engaging the public in what we care about. Ultimately, the session will offer reflections on how to make public engagement an important element of research at any career stage.

Students well get:

  1. An understanding of the importance of public engagement for academic research in the social sciences;
  2. Examples of ways to divulgate academic research with non-academic audiences;
  3. An understanding of techniques to combine and time strategically academic and non-academic writing in the course of a research project;
  4. A taste of how to write blogs to divulgate research

Speakers

Dr Stefania Vicari

Senior Lecturer in Digital Sociology, DCT Pathway Director, University of Sheffield

Dr Lukasz Szulc

Lecturer in Digital Media and Society, University of Sheffield

Inclusion, Safety and Violence: Reflections on the Researcher and the Field

Wednesday 23rd June

4.00pm – 5.30pm

This training session focuses upon the relationship between the researcher and the field, exploring important considerations of inclusion, safety and violence. The first part of this session draws upon the project ‘Pride in the Field: Promoting Inclusive Fieldwork Spaces for LGBTQ+ Workers in Research, Policy and Practice’ to highlight the challenges facing LGBT+ researchers and to spotlight the need for more inclusive fieldwork practices and policies. The second part of this session draws upon personal experience of research in conflict settings to consider the emotional dynamics of field research and how to deal with them.

This training event will: (i) engage PGRs with important fieldwork considerations around inclusion, safety and violence; (ii) will offer insights into the challenges confronting LGBT+ researchers in certain global settings; and, (iii) provide expert tips and advice for those undertaking fieldwork in violent and insecure settings.

Speakers

Dr Anastasia Shesterinina

Lecturer in Politics/International Politics, University of Sheffield

Dr Martin Zebracki

Associate Professor of Critical Human Geography, University of Leeds

Aydan Greatrick

Project Officer, Pride in the Field: Promoting Inclusive Fieldwork Spaces for LGBTQ+ Workers in Research, Policy and Practice’ project

Developing your research brand

Wednesday 23rd June

3.00pm – 4.00pm

Developing your research brand is an important part of the journey in an academic or research career. In this interactive workshop session, you will have the opportunity to develop your own research brand. We will discuss factors influencing this and how it may evolve through your career. We will also talk about the best way to promote your brand to maximise your exposure in the research world.

By the end of the session, you will have an understanding of what a research brand is; what yours is currently and how best to promote your brand.

Speakers

Dr Melanie Cooper

Dr Melanie Cooper

Reader in Maternity and Migrant Health, WHC Pathway Director, University of Bradford

Dr Maria Horne

Associate Professor in Community & Public Health, University of Leeds

Online Presentation Competition

Tuesday 22nd June

Entries now closed

On Tuesday 22nd June we invite PGR students to present their research to an audience of their peers for a chance to win a £50 Blackwells voucher (£20 will also be given to 2 runners up). Due to time constraints we will be offering a maximum of 8 presenters however the session is open to all to attend and view. This is a great opportunity for students to practice their online presentation delivery skills, and perhaps to present research which would otherwise have been presented during overseas visits, placements or conferences which have been cancelled due to COVID-19.

Presentations should be no more than 5 minutes in length and time will be allocated for questions afterwards. Please also note, we are happy to accept pre-recorded or ‘live’ presentations, please let us know what you intend to do via training@wrdtp.ac.uk

To take part as a speaker, please complete the following expressions of interest form:

Online Poster Competition

Wednesday 23rd

Entries now closed

On Wednesday 23rd June we invite PGR students to present a Poster of their research to an audience of their peers for a chance to win a £50 Blackwells voucher (£20 will also be given to 2 runners up).

This years entries can be previewed below – you can click on each poster to bring up a full size pdf. A voting form can be accessed by clicking the button beneath all of the posters.

Isabelle Huning

University of York, Education, Childhood and Youth Pathway

Hannah Boneham

University of Sheffield, Well-being, Health and Communities Pathway

Sasheeka Karunanayake

University of Leeds, Education, Childhood and Youth Pathway

Fanke Huang

University of Sheffield, Sustainable Growth, Management and Economic Productivity Pathway

Hajer Almanea

University of Leeds, Civil Society, Development and Democracy Pathway

Sanjoy Kumar Chanda

University of Leeds, Well-being, Health and Communities Pathway

Emilie Couchman

University of Sheffield, Well-being, Health and Communities Pathway

Shweta Sharma

University of Sheffield, Sustainable Growth, Management and Economic Productivity Pathway

Flavia Manieri

University of Hull, Cities Environment and Liveability Pathway

This training session will be delivered via Blackboard. 

PLEASE NOTE: Our online training sessions will be recorded and will be available on the VIRE in an edited format for those students who cannot attend. If you wish to join this session but do not wish for your contributions to be included in the edited VIRE resource, please ensure that you select NO when prompted in the online booking form regarding recording.

Please note, when registering to attend this conference, you will be sent links to attend all of the events listed below. You do not have to attend all sessions but are encouraged to attend as many as you can to benefit from what is on offer.

Hourly Schedule

Tuesday 22nd June 2021

9.30am - 10.45am
Multi-disciplinary Panel
WRDTP Pathway Directors Panel - a chance to meet the Pathway Directors and learn about their routes into research
10.45am - 11.00am
Break
11.00am - 12.30pm
Student Presentation Competition (session 1)
12.30pm - 1.30pm
Lunch
1.30pm - 3.00pm
Building Collaborative Networks
Dr Caroline Oates, Prof. Bruce Hearn, Prof. Lewis Holloway, Prof. Andy Jonas, Simon Mollan, Dr Sally Russell
3.00pm - 4.00pm
Student Presentation Competition (session 2)
4.00pm - 5.30pm
Demystifying the Media and Think Tank World
Arianna Giovannini, Maya Goodfellow, Kate Proctor

Wednesday 23rd June 2021

9.30am - 10.30am
Why do we do research? Strategies for engaging the public in what we care about
Dr Stefania Vicari, Dr Lukasz Szulc
10.30am - 11.00am
Break
11.00am - 12.30pm
Student Poster Competition
12.30pm - 1.00pm
Break
1.00pm - 2.30pm
Networking Lunch
Including a brief discussion on why we network, the benefits and some helpful tips on how to network successfully
3.00pm - 4.00pm
Developing your research brand
Dr, Melanie Cooper, Dr Maria Horne
4.00pm - 5.30pm
Inclusion, Safety and Violence: Reflections on the Researcher and the Field
Dr Anastasia Shesterinina, Dr Martin Zebracki