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October 2021

Tue 19

This is a joint seminar from the School of the Humanities and the Social Sciences and Cambridge ThinkLab

The Thesis Whisperer Blog is written by Professor Inger Mewburn, director of researcher development at The Australian National University https://thesiswhisperer.com/

Inger's blog has become globally well known with valuable advice for PhD students everywhere. Now we have the fantastic opportunity to hear from Inger directly at this one and a half hour online seminar with Q&A included.

Here is the link to join us:

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86275034334?pwd=WnBMeThsOWMwZGZsaE9yeUVIUXNPdz09

Meeting ID: 862 7503 4334 Passcode: 229181

November 2021

Wed 24
Building your Training into your Research Workshop new Finished 12:00 - 13:00 ESRC: online

This workshop focuses on the why, where, when and how of training during your doctorate including how to integrate the training into your research and using a training needs analysis. This is a one hour online workshop provided by the ESRC DTP Doctoral Training Manager - joining details below:

Join Zoom Meeting https://cam-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/94770826488?pwd=ME1sVzRlNXVyRUIvcVJiaktwemdLQT09

Meeting ID: 947 7082 6488 Passcode: 507056

Fri 26
Training and Engagement Day for 1st Years new Finished 13:00 - 16:00 Institute of Criminology - B3

For Cambridge ESRC DTP Students ONLY

December 2021

Fri 3
Training and Engagement Day for 2nd years (3rd years optional) new Finished 13:30 - 16:30 Institute of Criminology, Room B3

These T&E days are for ESRC DTP students only

There will be a buffet lunch available from 1pm in the foyer

January 2022

Fri 28

For late sign ups here is the zoom link:

https://cam-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/94226642364?pwd=VGJPbzhjNE5rRFlxQWoxNTN3amUxdz09 Meeting ID: 942 2664 2364Passcode: 052998

An Introduction to Research Data Management Skills with Dr Curtis Sharma

Simply put, research data is anything that helps to eventually form the basis of your research output. The integrity of our research outputs therefore depends on the integrity of our data. This is one reason why Increased importance is being placed on research data management (RDM). Managing your research data well brings other benefits, however. It helps in structuring your research project, keeping your data safe and secure, making it easier to share data during and after your project, and it is simply good academic practice. In these sessions we will explore what we mean by RDM, looking at storage and backup, organisation, archiving, and sharing. In the first session we will work to achieve a strong basic understanding of RDM. In the second session, we’ll look at these in more detail. 

February 2022

Fri 11
The Qualitative Researcher new Finished 12:00 - 13:30

Bookings are now closed - if you wish to attend this even the zoom link is below: Zoom Link: https://cam-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/99986239251?pwd=bFp2Sm4wemQzSzUzUU1zVDRRcC9mQT09

Meeting ID: 999 8623 9251 Passcode: 127830

What does it mean to research qualitatively in the context of the “researched”? When and how does qualitative research come to matter? Why should research methods and tools be socially-relevant? How can we, as researchers and academics, ensure our tools of inquiry are contextually responsive?

Working with Dr Pallawi Sinha, these are some of the questions raised and deliberated upon in this session aiming to disrupt normative frameworks of inquiry and essentialising tendencies of dominant hegemonies.

This workshop will be provided by Dr Pallawi Sinha.

Format: Dr Pallawi Sinha will provide a 30 minute online lecture. There will be a short break and those of you who would like to continue with group work and discussion are welcome to join for around 45 minutes.

This is part of a 21st Century Researcher Series focusing on four themes: Qualitative, Informed, Ethical and Reflexive

Fri 18
Blog Writing new Finished 12:00 - 14:00

Bookings are now closed

Here is the zoom link if you signed up late:

Join Zoom Meeting https://cam-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/95681319795?pwd=YXFid0I5Y2ovWjVRWFljQmpDYVp1QT09

Meeting ID: 956 8131 9795 Passcode: 945500

Join Tyler Shores (https://tylershores.com/) for a live training session on how to write a blog. Tyler has set up several key blogs in the University of Cambridge including FERSA (https://fersacambridge.com/) and The Cambridge Researcher (https://cambridgeresearcher.com/)

We will be looking for new posts to generate content for the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences blog and we hope that this training session will provide a good opportunity to start writing your copy.

Fri 25

Bookings are now close

If you wish to join at late notice the zoom link is below:

Join Zoom Meeting https://cam-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/92000933099?pwd=TTdEL2QraExnTXMvNVBlVXdaNmV3dz09

Meeting ID: 920 0093 3099 Passcode: 485616

March 2022

Fri 4
The Informed Researcher new Finished 12:00 - 13:30

Bookings are now closed but the zoom link is below for those still wishing to join:

Zoom Link https://cam-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/95109050311?pwd=M2ZkTnc4WnE1a0RERVRmang5Q0Zqdz09

Meeting ID: 951 0905 0311 Passcode: 668012

Literature review is one of the most fundamental academic and research skills that is significant to building an informed study. Nonetheless, in the minefield of data and innumerable studies accessible, today, researchers can find themselves in a quagmire, inundated with information. The session thus explores why undertaking a review of literature matters, what the review process may look like, and how to identify, evaluate and summarise studies relevant to our research.

Format: For all four sessions outlined below, Dr Pallawi Sinha will deliver a 30 minute seminar for all students. There will be a short break and then a 45 minute group work session at which we invite students who wish to engage and actively participate.

Thu 10
Lateral Thinking for the Real World new Finished 12:00 - 13:00

Bookings are now closed. For those wishing to attend at late notice, below is the zoom link:

Join Zoom Meeting https://cam-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/98909670588?pwd=amdHM2JGTm1pR25wdnBnVTJmMFFSZz09

Meeting ID: 989 0967 0588 Passcode: 217269

This is a fun, fast and focused and highly interactive session illustrating how to think creatively by using tools that will take you through academia into the 'real world'. Learn how to use tools, which teach you how to think, structure a stronger essay or thesis, and even write your own life story. Learn about value medals, thinking hats, and why humour and movement can make you a more effective and efficient writer. The first half hour of this session will be a provocative talk on what it takes to be a lateral thinker and how to apply it to the 'real world', as well as identifying how and why the written and spoken word may be a barrier to learning how to think. The second half hour is a workshop showing how you can incorporate lateral thinking into problem solving and how and why all thinking is perceptual.

Trainer: Sarah Tucker is a radio broadcaster, best-selling novelist and journalist, having just completed the biography of lateral thinking pioneer Edward de Bono. Sarah is passionate about lateral thinking and how and why thinking should be taught in schools and universities, companies and especially politics.

Fri 18
Research Data Management - Advanced new Finished 12:00 - 13:00

Bookings have closed but you can join the session via the zoom link below:

Join Zoom Meeting https://cam-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/93822280256?pwd=NFU2d0VJdmh4M1FwK1pqanEvY2lsdz09 Meeting ID: 938 2228 0256 Passcode: 313975

This is a follow on from the Introduction to Research Data Management earlier this term with Dr Curtis Sharma.

The format for this session will be a 30 minute seminar followed by a 45 minute group work session for those who wish to actively engage and participate.

For information please see: https://ppd4phd.com/research-data-management/

Fri 25
Elite Interviewing Skills new Finished 14:00 - 15:15 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room E

This is a 1.5 hour workshop with Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe, Director and Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge.

Topics to be covered:

Who counts as an ‘elite’ group? The difference between expert and elite interviews The ethics of interviewing elites (issues relating to confidentiality and anonymity) What can go wrong in an interview with a member of an elite group Analysing elite interview data: cross-referencing and reliability/validity checks Incorporating elite interview data into your research and writing

Please note that this training will be available in person however due to room capacity once we have reached 25 anyone signing up will be provided with a zoom link. This may make it harder to do the group work in the second half of the session.

Elite Interviewing Skills new Finished 14:00 - 15:15

Here is the zoom link for the session: Join Zoom Meeting https://cam-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/95381848339?pwd=OHlIanJZS3l0Q0lzWFVZK1p5QktRZz09

Meeting ID: 953 8184 8339 Passcode: 628431

This is a 1.5 hour workshop with Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe, Director and Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge.

Topics to be covered:

Who counts as an ‘elite’ group?

The difference between expert and elite interviews

The ethics of interviewing elites (issues relating to confidentiality and anonymity)

What can go wrong in an interview with a member of an elite group

Analysing elite interview data: cross-referencing and reliability/validity checks

Incorporating elite interview data into your research and writing

A reminder of the workshop and pre-reading list can be found on our website: https://ppd4phd.com/elite-interviewing-workshop/

April 2022

Fri 1
Emotion in Research new Finished 12:00 - 13:00

This is the first in a series of three session focusing on the emotional aspects being a researcher.

This first session makes the case for emotion being an essential part of our research practice. While it will focus heavily on qualitative approaches to data production, nevertheless, there are emotional aspects to all research. Further there is an emotional quality to being a researcher, and acknowledging this, and understanding how this impacts our ‘standpoint’ can usefully inform our work.

This session will be a discussion with Dr Jo Ferrie following on from her pre-recorded lecture, which you can find on the programme web page: https://ppd4phd.com/emotion-in-research/

Join Zoom Meeting https://cam-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/99559409316?pwd=UGU3RXpLcnNmS3huWjRwNWNFcTRndz09 Meeting ID: 995 5940 9316 Passcode: 173714

Mon 4
The Ethical Researcher new Finished 12:00 - 13:30

In this seminar Dr Pallawi Sinha discusses the relational nature of ethics. Moving on from the histories, contexts and reflexivity of the researcher, here, we consider the procedural, situational, and paradigmatic aspects of ethics before centring on the significance of reciprocity in research with the intention to not only raise the quality of academic research but also to confront any incongruities, dehumanising tendencies of research and uphold trust with communities engaged.

Format: For all four sessions outlined below, Dr Pallawi Sinha will deliver a 30 minute seminar for all students. There will be a short break and then a 45 minute group work session at which we invite students who wish to engage and actively participate.

Mon 25
Attend In person - Elite Interviewing Skills new Finished 11:00 - 12:15 Institute of Criminology, Room B3

This is a 1.5 hour workshop with Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe, Director and Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge.

Topics to be covered:

Who counts as an ‘elite’ group?

The difference between expert and elite interviews

The ethics of interviewing elites (issues relating to confidentiality and anonymity)

What can go wrong in an interview with a member of an elite group

Analysing elite interview data: cross-referencing and reliability/validity checks

Incorporating elite interview data into your research and writing

Please note that this training will be available in person however due to room capacity once we have reached 25 anyone signing up will be provided with a zoom link. This may make it harder to do the group work in the second half of the session.

This is a 1.5 hour workshop with Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe, Director and Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge.

Topics to be covered:

Who counts as an ‘elite’ group?

The difference between expert and elite interviews

The ethics of interviewing elites (issues relating to confidentiality and anonymity)

What can go wrong in an interview with a member of an elite group

Analysing elite interview data: cross-referencing and reliability/validity checks

Incorporating elite interview data into your research and writing

This sign up is for zoom link only for a hybrid session. We will record the first half but it may make it harder for you to join any group work, which will be done in person, in the second half of the session.

Fri 29
Vicarious Trauma new Finished 12:00 - 13:30

For late bookings here is the zoom link: Join Zoom Meeting https://cam-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/97007418084?pwd=eW4rWkEvTHpwYXd3b0dlcDRPYnlhdz09

Meeting ID: 970 0741 8084 Passcode: 114049

This event will take a closer look at the impact of doing work in an emotional context. Whether we recognise this as leading to vicarious trauma, or recognise ‘lower-level symptoms’ such as imposter syndrome, burnout, guilt and unproductive procrastination: this session will normalise emotional engagement with our research practice. A feminist perspective will be explained and utilised to uncover the structural inequalities that govern our research, and our research practice.

There is a pre-session exercise designed to be completed in advance of a pre-recorded lecture. These resources are now available here: https://ppd4phd.com/vicarious-trauma/

Please see the website for more about this series https://ppd4phd.com/emotional-aspects-of-research/

May 2022

Fri 6
The Ethical Researcher new Finished 12:00 - 13:30

For late bookings here is the zoom link:

Join Zoom Meeting https://cam-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/95866122422?pwd=RG45a0hDSTg4S1dUaTdpNXd2MlZnUT09 Meeting ID: 958 6612 2422 Passcode: 524151

In this seminar Dr Pallawi Sinha discusses the relational nature of ethics. Moving on from the histories, contexts and reflexivity of the researcher, here, we consider the procedural, situational, and paradigmatic aspects of ethics before centring on the significance of reciprocity in research with the intention to not only raise the quality of academic research but also to confront any incongruities, dehumanising tendencies of research and uphold trust with communities engaged.

Format: Dr Pallawi Sinha will deliver a 30 minute seminar for all students. There will be a short break and then a 45 minute group work session at which we invite students who wish to engage and actively participate to join.

Wed 11

For late bookings - these are now closed but you can join the session using the zoom link below:

Join Zoom Meeting https://cam-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/92245685496?pwd=anl4cFViK2VtdHZYMUZxNHRkeUxGZz09

Meeting ID: 922 4568 5496 Passcode: 052404

Session 3: Occupying the Ground

This workshop is the third in a series of four, exploring how we are formed as leaders, with an emphasis on the Higher Education context.

Don’t worry if you missed the previous sessions, all the workshops are linked but self-standing. If you haven’t already watched it, we would recommend the short introductory video that gives you a sense of what to expect.

In this workshop, we will be exploring the idea of “occupying the ground” as a leader, considering how our intent translates into impact; how we relate to those around us, both immediate colleagues and wider stakeholders, how we handle conflict and how we manage tensions and paradoxes that arise in our work.

The first part of the workshop comprises the presentation of some thoughts, concepts and stimuli for discussion. The second part entails both plenary and small group discussion of how the input might relate to your experience and current circumstances. All are welcome to both parts of the workshop.

This series is led by Alastair Work (MA FCIPD) an experienced facilitator, coach, consultant and leadership developer who has worked for thirty years in Higher Education. At the University of St Andrews for 14 years, he held roles of Personnel Officer, Academic Registrar, Vice-Principal and University Secretary during a time of significant development of the University’s status and reputation.

For further information: https://ppd4phd.com/leadership-and-management-module/

Wed 18

Zoom link below for late bookings:

Join Zoom Meeting https://cam-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/92363269431?pwd=MVpHWlgxT2g3RzVpM3c3QlRYU1VqUT09

Meeting ID: 923 6326 9431 Passcode: 675120

This workshop will be a critical and reflexive space to consider, both individually and collectively, how we can integrate and operationalise insights from a range of decolonial theory and critical social theory into our everyday research practice.

The workshop has been devised and will be run by Isabelle Higgins, a PhD candidate in the Sociology Department at the University of Cambridge.

Please see the website for further information: https://ppd4phd.com/critical-methods-in-practice/

This is the first in our peer-led workshops within the doctoral training programme - we welcome any PhD students who would like to provide a workshop in Michaelmas Term 2022.

Fri 20
Resilience and Resistance new Finished 12:15 - 13:30

Bookings now closed - zoom link is below:

Join Zoom Meeting https://cam-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/93778246224?pwd=YWFjOGQxRktLNGN1d1FMNGJoVHNPZz09

Meeting ID: 937 7824 6224 Passcode: 602052

Note: This will start at 12.15pm and not 12pm as originally advertised

In this final event we will work with some strategies that help us a) consider what harm means (this requires some individual reflexivity) b) what might work for us as individuals if we feel we are harmed in the research process and c) developing a plan of action. Doing this before we experience harm delivers more control and efficacy.

This event won’t though, focus only on resilience and individual power. Time will be taken to consider structural barriers to being and doing. We will consider the role of resistance and what is required to remove barriers. We will consider the role of allies, of tenured and senior colleagues, and of peers in providing safe and nurturing conditions in which we can all flourish.

The live discussion could go in a number of different directions: we can take time to think about well-being or we could work at a more political level creating a manifesto for change. I’m keen that control of the narrative lies with you.

A pre-session exercise will be introduced in a pre-recorded lecture and available for completion after the event.

Further information: https://ppd4phd.com/emotional-aspects-of-research/

June 2022

Wed 1
Imposter Syndrome new [Places] 12:00 - 13:30

Details for this session can be found on the programme website https://ppd4phd.com/imposter-syndrome/

Fri 10
The Reflexive Researcher new [Places] 12:00 - 13:30

Dr Pallawi Sinha focuses on reflection in research. By sharing some of her own experiences working with some of the most vulnerable communities in India, Dr Sinha explains how central reflexivity is in research. The workshop considers how deeply invested we each are in our research questions and the very individual ‘toolkits’ we bring to our research, grounded in our life histories, to build understanding of how reflection and researcher-reflexivity confront and overcome incongruities, disparities and barriers that underscore research.

Dr Pallawi Sinha will deliver a 45 minute seminar for all students. There will then be an opportunity for a 30 minute group session at which we invite students who wish to engage and actively participate.

Tue 14
Training and Engagement - Cambridge ESRC DTP 2nd Year Cohort (3rd Year Optional) new [Places] 10:00 - 14:00 Institute of Criminology, Room B3

Our final Training and Engagement Day will be on Tuesday 14th June. We hope very much that you will be able to join us in person for this session. As you can see by the agenda below, it will be peer-led with some really interesting talks from past and present DTP students as well as two of our current ESRC Postdocs, who will be sharing with you some advice when thinking ahead to your third year.

Whilst we are aiming this event at 2nd years, we welcome anyone who is a 3rd year who would like to come along. You may find the talks from the postdocs of interest and also have a chance to catch up with each other in person. There will be a lunch afterwards until 2pm.