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Welcome to the February newsletter from the SWDTP!

Hi all, I hope your February has been productive and fulfilling. There is lots of exciting info and opportunities you can get involved with this month, but I am very pleased to announce both the publication of our 8th edition of TOR and the new SWDTP podcast! Read on to take a look...

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Welcome to our podcast Lets Collaborate!
This is our SWDTP student podcast where, each episode, PhD students discuss their research, the impact they hope it will have and offer tips to anyone thinking about embarking on a PhD. They also provide some Social Science research and top tips for your PhD journey along the way! Available on Apple Music, Spotify, Google and Amazon Music.
You can catch a soundbite of what to expect and some top tips for your PhD here and make sure to follow along as episodes are released monthly! This will be a fixed segment in our newsletter so you never miss the chance to hear one of our students. First up, we have Stefan Zylinski discussing his research on financial systems that are contributing to the climate crisis, link here: 

TOR Volume 8 is here!
We are SO excited to announce the publication of The Open Review 8th edition! This is the SWDTP's student run academic journal. This TOR is centered around the theme of Collaboration - the editorial team have done incredibly - check it out now ttp://


If you are a hardworking postgraduate student with great attention to detail and would like to gain experience as an editor, this is your opportunity! Each Journal Issue is produced by a new editorial committee, and we are keen to make our teams as diverse as possible You will also have the unique opportunity to connect with and learn from other students and academics outside of your regular subject areas.

If you would like to learn more about what editing involves, or to register your interest, contact Molly Conisbee at:

Get involved

Become a conference committee member

We're still looking for volunteers to help organise this year's SWDTP student conference, which will take place (provisionally and hopefully) at Bath.

There are a range of opportunities involved in volunteering for the conference, from curating the programme, to promoting/publicising content, liaising with speakers, and learning how to handle the logistics of running a large event. As a conference 'committee' you will decide on themes, speakers, and any extra activities for this popular fixture on the SWDTP calendar. 
If you are interested in hearing more, please drop me ( a line. We're hoping to hold a first committee meeting in the Spring. Please note, although we can't pay a wage for volunteering, all of your costs (travel etc.) will be reimbursed. 

Upcoming Events

Interdisciplinary Research Ethics Conference - University of Bath, 6-7th July 2023

After the success of 2021’s Interdisciplinary Research Ethics Conference (REC2021), we are delighted to announce that the next interdisciplinary Research Ethics Conference (REC2023) will be held both online and in person at the University of Bath on the 6-7th July 2023. The conference aims to once again bring together people from around the world to discuss ethical issues and practices, related to research, from within and across different disciplines and contexts. It will feature presentations, discussions, workshops, training sessions and other activities designed to get participants thinking in critical, constructive and novel ways about ethics in research. Abstract and poster submission is now open. It is open to all: whatever career stage, industry, or academic discipline; and to the general public. Attendee registration is also now open. Attendance bursaries are available for those who require them. Registration is free for SWDTP students. For information on submitting abstracts, posters, and attending, see, or contact

Browse NCRM’s 2023 training calendar

Registration is open for a wide range of short courses run by the National Centre for Research Methods. The courses, which are mainly run online, cover a variety of subjects at introductory and advanced levels. Topics include: how to write your methodology chapter; quantitative methods for qualitative researchers; data linkage; survey design. There are currently more than 15 courses planned for 2023. Most courses are between one and three days in length. Browse the NCRM training database:

Viva Survivor!

Viva Survivor – is a comprehensive, online session all about preparing for your viva. Over the course of three hours Dr Nathan Ryder explores what the viva is all about, what you need to know and do, and how you can get yourself ready – both in terms of practical preparations and confidence building. 
The session will run from 10:00 – 13:00 on Friday 10 March.
Please contact me on if you would like to attend. Priority will be given to those approaching the end of their PhD/Viva date.

Join us for another series of our popular online workshops, designed to demystify the publishing process for early career researchers.

in these sessions our editors will talk through the full publishing process from submitting a book proposal through to post-publication, addressing common queries such as what makes a strong book proposal and how to revise a PhD thesis for publication. Attendees will have the chance to ask questions at the end, meaning that each session is unique and covers different ground based on real-life examples. Links to further resources and guidelines are also provided. The event page is here:

Student Showcase

RESCHEDULED: Come and join SWDTP alumnus, Dr Nasrul Ismail at his book launch,  The English Prison Health System After a Decade of Austerity, on Tuesday, 18 April 2023, 17:00 – 18:30pm.

Originated from his PhD, Nasrul will discuss how austerity has resulted in sicker prisoners, higher rates of recidivism, a diminished welfare state, increased inequality, and punitive excess. This event will be of interest to anyone eager to reflect on how political and economic structures can affect the governance and delivery of healthcare services in marginalised communities, not just in prisons, and certainly not only in England.

Drinks and snacks will be provided. Register here:

Further resources

All our online workshops and webinars are recorded and uploaded to our YouTube channel
If you haven't seen our Student Conference 2022 video by now, what are you waiting for?!
Media Relations Toolkit
UKRI have an online toolkit to improve your media relations strategy. It covers both reactive and proactive media relations and includes practical tips on building relationships with journalists.
Lots of frequently asked questions can be answered through our Student Handbook and the ESRC Postgraduate Funding Guide which are linked below

Student Handbook 2023

ESRC Postgraduate Funding Guide
Our mailing address is:
South West Doctoral Training Partnership
1 Priory Road, Bristol, BS8 1TX

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