Past Training and Development Courses

This page will provide information on our past training courses and links to legacy resources, videos, and more information.


Research and Academic Development

Decolonising Social Research Seminar Series: 19th November 2020 – 21st January 2021

The Decolonising Social Research seminar series is for doctoral researchers (and their supervisors) at any and every stage of the doctoral journey, who aspire for their research to contribute towards decolonisation in any space or form. Through the short series of events, we aim to stimulate debate around the tough questions that decolonisation poses for social research, to forge supportive networks across universities of the South West and to signpost readings and resources. Across the series, we will engage with the work of established scholars who have published on different aspects of decolonising research, the ideas and experiences of early career researchers, as well as representatives of marginalised groups, whose knowledge has historically been excluded from the academy.

So far, two out of five sessions of our Decolonising Social Research Seminar Series have run. Follow the link above to access videos of previous seminars, reading lists and further information about the Panellists.


Institutional Ethnography (IE) Workshop: 26th October 2020

This highly successful hands on workshop on IE provided insights into an approach which is applicable across the social sciences including health and disability studies, education, gender studies, natural resource management & land planning. IE has strong interdisciplinary potential and it is well equipped to pay attention to difference.


Conducting Qualitative Research Online – August – November 2020

The SWDTP ran 6 training events in collaboration with Karen Lumsden. Four of these sessions focused on conducting qualitative interviews online and two on conducting focus groups online.


Perspectives on Research and Work in Developing and Transitional Countries – 15th December 11:00-12:30

This webinar, developed in collaboration with the AHRC SWWDTP, covered multiple facets of doing research and working in developing and transitional countries in the field of Defence and Security. It was of wider relevance to colleagues from many different humanities and social science disciplines.

Panellists, including the SWDTP’s Global Political Economy Pathway Lead from Bristol University, Dr Roddy Brett, brought decades of experience to illustrate and discuss the challenges and opportunities of academic research and of those brought about by capacity building or consultancy work delivered in some testing environments.

A recording of this webinar is available. However, due to the sensitive nature of the topics discussed we cannot provide public access to this video. If you would like to be sent the video, please email Jude Hill.


Co-Produced Approaches in Research Workshop – 19th January 2021

Brigstow Institute, SWDTP and SWWDTP collaborated to create this workshop to explore co-produced approaches to research. During the workshop students heared from leaders in the field, had a chance to hear about specific projects using this approach and explored how they might use these approaches in their research.


Accessing Administrative and Sensitive Datasets through SafePods Webinar – 16th March 2021, 11:00-12:30

The SafePod Network (SPN) is a new service that will provide a network of standardised safe settings (known as SafePods) across the UK to enable approved researchers to access and use sensitive datasets to better understand our society and economy. This Webinar explored what SafePods can provide researchers, research projects that have used SafePods and practical guidance for using SafePods. The webinar was open to researchers at all stages including undergraduates, postgraduates and academics.


Centre for Qualitative Research (Bath): Bespoke Qualitative Training

The Centre for Qualitative Research at the University of Bath presented a series of free online workshops and webinars for doctoral researchers, between February and July 2021. Bringing together academics and doctoral scholars from across the SWDTP institutions interested in qualitative research, this bespoke training will consist of a comprehensive programme of 7 practical and cross-disciplinary qualitative workshops for SWDTP doctoral researchers and others who are interested in extending their knowledge and use of qualitative inquiry. A further 5 demand-led qualitative innovations webinars will focus on emerging, novel topics within qualitative inquiry.


Career Skills Training

SWDTP 2020 Conference November Series – Online Skills Session

The final session of the November Series addressed the increased need for strong online skills with the context of Covid-19. This included presentation from Dr. Ioannis Costas Batlle, who focused on online teaching and learning. This session was put in place to help prepare attendees for the upcoming conference season


Plan B Training – Run in both May, and as part of the SWDTP 2020 Conference November Series

The focus of this workshop was how PGRs could re-plan activities to achieve intended outcomes and to explore problem-solving skills and flexible approaches to help them adapt to change in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The workshops were specific to student cohorts – 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year were provided with different sessions with slightly different focuses – this enabled small group/pair discussion and peer learning.


Engaging with Policy Makers (in Collaboration with the AHRC funded SWWDTP) – 4th February 2021

The overall objective of this workshop, led by the Institute for Government, was to demystify government and explain how to engage successfully with policy makers. The day was engaging, informative and practical, with lots of opportunities to apply lessons to our students’ own areas of research.


Health and Wellbeing

The Impact of Conducting Sensitive Research Online: Before, During and After COVID-19

Many social scientists conduct research on sensitive or even traumatic topics, but the effects of this work on researchers are rarely discussed. The SWDTP have put together a webinar to discuss this impact. In this webinar, Emma Williamson and Alison Gregory draw on their extensive experience of undertaking research prior to and since the pandemic, noting some of the challenges they have encountered and suggesting practical coping solutions to employ.

To watch the webinar, click here.

SWDTP 2020 Conference November Series: Town hall Session

As Covid-19 continues to impact PhD projects, this town hall session aimed to spark reflection and offer solutions to help students with potential upcoming challenges. We expected that bringing together students across subjects and cohorts to discuss the impacts of Covid-19 on their research and the steps they took to mitigate said impacts could offer new ideas to their peers. It hoped to encourage students that they aren’t alone in their challenges.

SWDTP Christmas Party

Warren Speed and Elis Jones (both from the University of Exeter) are pleased to announce that we have secured SWDTP funding to host an Online Christmas Party and a ‘Research as a Christmas Card’ competition. We’re hoping this will be a good opportunity to get together as a group after a while apart, as well as have some fun and maybe a few drinks.