Training and events

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Training and Events Calendar

If you have any Events that you would like us to advertise through our website, newsletter, Twitter etc and add to our Event calendar, please email Helen Stanton at

If you want to find out more about the training and events open to SWDTP students, then click on the image bellow to see our Events Calendar!

Standing Seminar in Critical Theory Logo

One amazing example of an event using the SWDTP’s Academic-Led Collaboration Fund is the Standing Seminar in Critical Theory, lead by Dr Ana Dinerstein (Global Political Economy, University of Bath).

The SSCT initiative seeks to unite critical theorists within and across the SWDTP institutions, and in dialogue with external partners and organisations. The funding provide has been used to develop a multitude of different events wherein Critical Theory can be discussed.

The Standing Seminar in Critical Theory (SSCT) aims to build a permanent, transdisciplinary and inter-institutional space for critical thought across the South West Doctoral Training Partnership institutions.

With a heavy heart we had to postpone three events due to COVID-19:
Please keep in touch. If you wish to be added to the SSCT Mailing list, please let us know
Convenor SSCT

You can find out more about the SSCT on their website here.

SWDTP Conference 2019 – Effective and Innovative Research Communication

Wednesday 13th November, St Lukes Campus, Exeter

Effectively communicating your research is a crucial part of the knowledge creation process. It generates opportunities for collaboration and can inform the development of new interventions and policy changes. But how as researchers can we ensure that our work is communicated with innovation to allow for such effective impact?

Find out more about the SWDTP 2019 Student Conference here.

NCRM: National Centre for Research Methods Logo and Link to website

Current NCRM training courses can be found at this link – NCRM Research Methods Training or you can search for NCRM training courses on their website NCRM Training Courses and Events

NCRM also offer a wide range of online resources (audio and video podcasts, online courses, publications, links to external resources which you may find relevant – NCRM Resources

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






In addition, all students from GW4 institutions can access training at other GW4 institutions, space permitting (priority goes to each institution’s students). This applies to all training listed on their catalogue. Further information is available on the GW4 website. For those students who are not registered at a GW4 institution (Bath/Bristol/Exeter/Cardiff), HEIs will typically allow you to attend training if space permits.  If you want to book onto training at another GW4 institution, you just need to contact that institution to request this. Details on how to do so is available on the webpage above.

Vitae is an international programme of professional development for researchers.  They run a range of courses on areas such as making the best of your research, effective presentation and leadership.

The ESRC funds a range of data and methods services to support research and study. It provides resources needed to access high quality socio-economic data and to develop research skills.

The Skills and Careers page on the ESRC website provides links to ESRC Media Training, the Peer Review Training Tool and the Impact Toolkit.

The UK Data Service hosts the UK’s largest collection of UK and international social and economic research data. The Service is widely used by research students to access data, to obtain support and for advice on how to manage and share data.

The Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) manages four British cohort studies: the 1958 National Child Development Study, the 1970 British Cohort Study, Next Steps and the Millennium Cohort Study.

CLOSER supports the use of longitudinal research.  Key resources include reading lists and summaries of findings, and a search platform to help find out what data has been collected across all eight studies in the CLOSER partnership.

Understanding Society is a major longitudinal survey of around 40,000 UK households. The site contains information on the survey, as well ad research articles, reports and policy briefings based on this survey.

The Administrative Data Research Network enables accredited researchers to access securely held de-identified linked administrative data for research that has potential to benefit society.

Census and Administrative data Longitudinal Studies Hub promotes and supports ONS LS, SLS and NILS datasets which hold up to 40 years of individual-level data including census and linked administrative data.

The National Centre for Research Methods supports researchers in developing their research skills. It hosts an extensive database of research methods training courses. We encourage students to register with the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM).