Doctoral Research in the Social Sciences: Practice, Prospects and Publication
  • University of Plymouth

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This event, organised by the University of Plymouth and the ESRC’s South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP), aims to bring together research students in the social sciences within and beyond the University of Plymouth.

The aim is to provide an inclusive and welcoming environment for social scientists to meet, share ideas and learn more about research in the social sciences. You’ll get a chance to network with other students from outside and within your discipline to talk about your work, listen about theirs and, in doing so, learn more about research methods and ideas across the social sciences.

There will also be a workshop on getting published that will include opportunities to meet editors and learn how to negotiate the refereeing process. We’ll learn how this contributes to academic development as well as how your social science research degree can open up opportunities for careers beyond academia.

The day will conclude by considering how to develop and strengthen research our networks in the social sciences.

We take a very broad view of social sciences! If you are working with or about people, please come and join us!

Programme

11:00 | Introduction and Welcome

11:15–12:30 | PhD ‘Speed Dating’ - A chance to meet and share ideas with PhD students within and outside your discipline. Tell others about your work and learn about theirs in an informal setting.

12:30–13:15 | Lunch and networking

13:15–14:15 | Your PhD and career - What can you do with a research degree? What is an academic career like? And what can I do if I don’t stay in academia?

'From Postgrad to Post-Ac: How to navigate the transition out of academia and thrive' | Dr Naomi Tyrrell, Social Research Consultant, Research Your Way, and VRF, University of Plymouth

Social science postgrads have skills that are in high demand in employment sectors beyond academia. In this session, we will: identify your key skills, develop your confidence in selling your skills, explore a range of career opportunities that are open to you beyond academia and discuss the importance of networking in securing employment.

If you're wondering what to do next and how you can thrive beyond academia then this is a session for you!


14:15–15:15 | Getting published
- Where and how should you publish? How can you deal with referees’ comments? How can you enhance the impact of your work? Listen to advice and tips from editors and the experiences of people who have published.

15:15–15:30 | Going forward - How can we develop a supportive social science research network?


Further information regarding the event, including location, will be given to you nearer the time.

Contact Professor Richard Yarwood (School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences and Doctoral College) richard.yarwood@plymouth.ac.uk or Dr Patricia Kanngiesser (School of Psychology) patricia.kanngiesser@plymouth.ac.uk for details.

General enquiries to the Events Team events@plymouth.ac.uk

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About the South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP)

The South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP) is accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to provide postgraduate research training in the social sciences. The SWDTP is one of the UK’s largest centres of postgraduate research training for social scientists and comprises staff and students from the Universities of Plymouth, Bath, Bristol, Exeter and the University of the West of England.

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