Training and Development

This page is designed to help you find SWDTP training courses and to read about how the SWDTP devises its student focused training programme.

The South West Doctoral Training Partnership is committed to taking an innovative approach to training and development.

The SWDTP offers flexible, collaborative, and responsive training in accordance with student need. Our training programme ensures a strong foundation, emphasizing theoretical and methodological understanding, and the flexibility needed by the next generation of social scientists to address key social and global challenges in their diverse careers.


Upcoming SWDTP Funded Training Courses

Research and Academic Development


Exploring Immersive Technologies in Social Science Research Workshop – 17 November 2021, 10am-4pm

This workshop will focus on how immersive technologies have been used in current research projects across the South West Doctoral Training Partnership universities to challenge workshop participants to consider how and if they might engage with these technologies in their own research. We will showcase studies using different technologies including virtual reality, hot spot technology and body motion capture. 

The workshop will focus on a number of theoretical, methodological and practical questions. But, there will also be opportunities to participate in workshop activities and to talk to creatives and academics about how they have used these tools in their research and what the challenges are.  

This event is open to all within the SWDTP Universities. As the workshop is highly interactive, we are limiting numbers to 30 in total. Places will be allocated on a first come basis, but everyone is required to complete a short expression of interest form as part of the registration process:


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SPIN and the SWDTP are delighted to offer a series of forthcoming panels and workshops on the theme of secrecy and ignorance

SPIN (the Secrecy, Power, and Ignorance research Network) is a collection of academics, artists and practitioners interested in understanding how knowledge is unmade in relation to social, political, and knowledge-making processes across all disciplines, in all areas of life, and across empirical, theoretical and methodological approaches.

Based across the southwest, we are an interdisciplinary group at all stages of career. We’re very keen to work with and support PhD researchers across the SWDTP to develop understandings of and methods associated with studying secrecy and ignorance. Do consider joining us for an event or two, or to find out more, visit our website.

Upcoming events:

Book launch: William Walters, ‘State Secrecy and Security: Refiguring the Covert Imaginary ‘ – 22 September 2021

SPIN is delighted to host the book launch for Professor William Walters’ new book State Secrecy and Security: Refiguring the Covert Imaginary. In the book, William Walters calls for secrecy to be given a more central place in critical security studies and elevated to become a core concept when theorising power in liberal democracies.


Career Skills Training


Our Career skills training courses have either past or are currently sold out. Please see the external training resources below for more career skills training, or visit our Past Training Page for resources from past training sessions.


SWDTP Community and Wellbeing


Group Study/Writing Sessions

Every Wednesday afternoon from 14:00-16:30 the SWDTP will be running group study sessions. We hope that this will foster a collaborative and supportive environment within which our students can work whilst work spaces are lacking. Every hour or so we will make space for optional breakout rooms for discussions of work and socialising.

These sessions have now finished for the academic year but will return in the Autumn Term. For more information please email Eloise Ames.


PGR Skills training courses are available at each institution across the partnership. Details for each location are as follows:


External Training Resources


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