Location

Spring Lane Building
397 Harewood Way, Heslington, York, YO10 5DS

Date

19 Jun 2024

Time

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

WRDTP 13th Annual Conference – Inclusive Research Cultures and Practices

The White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership holds its 13th Annual Conference at the University of York on 19th June 2024 (10am – 4pm). The conference is a great opportunity to network with other doctoral researchers, share and get informal feedback on your research ideas, plans or findings, discover more about the training on offer from the DTP interdisciplinary pathways and meet your Pathway Director and other academics working with the DTP. The conference is free to attend (lunch and refreshments will be provided by the DTP) and is open to all social science postgraduate researchers (PGRs) across our partner universities regardless of how you are funded. Travel on a free coach will be available for PGRs based in Sheffield, Leeds and Hull. PGRs travelling from outside of these areas can claim travel expenses via their own institutional processes. The theme for this year’s conference is Inclusive Research Cultures and Practices.

The challenge of creating inclusive research cultures and practices is being taken up across the UK higher education sector. Universities, Research Councils and DTPs are actively responding to the fact that leading edge research can only emerge in environments where support for equity, diversity and inclusion is the norm both within research communities and in the research that they do, and where all researchers feel supported and able to do their research openly and confidently. This conference will provide an opportunity to reflect on the work that is currently being carried out on inclusive research cultures and practices and identify and explore challenges that still need to be addressed.

Our opening panel session will bring together a range of experts to discuss critical issues concerning the challenges of creating and maintaining inclusive research cultures that, for example, reflect the diversity of the society that they are embedded in, make sure that opportunities to participate in research and other professional activities are equitable, fair and inclusive and ensure that researchers feel seen, heard and included in their research communities. It will also discuss the challenges of doing inclusive research and the connections between the creation of inclusive research cultures and the development of inclusive research practices.

The conference will also provide exciting opportunities for our social science PGRs to share their work, engage with colleagues with similar research interests, and develop transferable professional skills. The lunchtime session will include a poster competition and the afternoon pathway sessions will provide opportunities for PGRs to present talks based on their research.

We welcome all social science PGRs (regardless of how you are funded) from across our seven partner universities. You are very welcome to attend whether you are presenting your work or not. Further details on the conference venue can be found here and additional accessibility information is available here. If you are attending or presenting at the conference, please follow our account on X and post messages using the #wrdtp.

Please note: It is compulsory for ESRC funded students to attend at least one Annual Conference during their funded period.

Draft programme

10:00 – 10:45 Registration & Refreshments

Collect your Delegate Pack & Name Badge upon arrival

10:45 – 10:55 Welcome & Introduction

Nichola Wood: WRDTP Deputy Director (EDI), University of Leeds

10:55 – 12:15 Panel Discussion – Inclusive Research Cultures and Practices
12:15 – 13:45 Buffet Lunch

Poster Competition and networking

13:45 – 15:30 Pathway Session
Pathway presentations and other afternoon activities
15:30 – 15.45 Afternoon refreshments and poster collection
15:45 – 16:00 Wrap up, prize giving and final comments

Conference speakers

To be added in due course

Pathway afternoon session information

To be added in due course

Poster Exhibition Competition

All PhD researchers in the Social Sciences at the WRDTP partner universities are invited to present a poster about their research at the Annual Conference. Posters and presentations can relate to any aspect of your research, and do not have to be aligned to the conference theme. You will have the opportunity to present your poster to delegates during the extended lunch period, and delegates will vote for a winner.

The winning poster for each year group (or FTE equivalent) will be awarded a £30 voucher prize.

Poster guidelines:

  • All posters must be A0 size and include your name, contact details, university, department, funder and relevant logos, if appropriate.
  • ESRC-funded students should note further branding guidance can be found here (Please note – you need to be logged into the WRDTP VIRE in order to view this page).
  • The exhibitor must print their own poster and bring it to the conference where it should be given to WRDTP staff upon registering to add to the exhibition.

Deadline for submissions – 12:00pm on Tuesday 28th May 2024

The WRDTP office will contact all applicants to confirm whether they have been successful by 5pm on Wednesday 5th June.

Submit a Poster Abstract

Present at your afternoon Pathway Panel

All PhD researchers in the Social Sciences at the WRDTP partner universities are invited to give a talk about their research to their interdisciplinary Pathway Panel. Posters and presentations can relate to any aspect of your research, and do not have to be aligned to the conference theme. Presentations should be approximately 10 minutes long. AV facilities will be available for you to use slides when presenting.

The winning presentation in each Pathway will be awarded a £30 voucher prize.

Deadline for submissions – 12:00pm on Tuesday 28th May 2024

The WRDTP office will contact all applicants to confirm whether they have been successful by 5pm on Wednesday 5th June.

Submit a Presentation Abstract