LISS DTP Monthly Newsletters

April 2024



LISS DTP Newsletter      

April 2024      


  1. LISS DTP Summer Symposium Date 
  1. LISS DTP third year students! 
  1. Contribute to understanding smart data research use in the social sciences 
  1. 2024 LISS ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship competition 
  1. The BiPP Network’s Professional Networking Event 
  1. NCRM Annual Lecture 2024 
  1. Free training workshop for aspiring doctoral students who identify as Black, Asian and minority ethnic women. 
  1. LISS DTP Parent/Carer Group announcements 
  1. Internship opportunities with the Education Endowment Foundation 
  1. LISS DTP Achievements 

Funding application deadlines (RTSG, OIV, SLAF/PLAF etc) 

Applications for funding are processed quarterly on the first working Monday of January, April, June and October. That means Monday 8th April! Decisions will take up to 2 weeks after this deadline. LISS DTP reserves the right to limit reviewing out-of-cycle review requests, students should plan appropriately and submit their application for funding within the quarterly review periods. 

You can find Links to RTSG and OSFW application forms: here 

You can find SLAF and PLAF application forms: here 

You can find a link to OIV and other funding extension applications: here 


1.  LISS DTP Summer Research Symposium 

It’s coming! 

Please place a hold on your diaries! All LISS DTP Students are encouraged to attend! I will send a sign-up sheet and an outlook invite next week. 

The LISS DTP Summer Symposium will take place at 9:30 -18:00 on Thursday the 6th of June at the KCL Strand Campus , all third year students will be expected to present their research! 




All third year PhD students are expected to present at this year’s LISS DTP Summer Symposium so if you haven’t already submitted your abstract please do it now. We do of course understand if you have prior engagements, for example fieldwork or attending a previously booked conference. Please let us know if you are not able to present or attend. 

This year’s presentations will be in either of the following formats: 


  1. Three-minute lightning presentations, utilising three slides to illustrate 
  1. A ten-minute in-depth research presentation with a following 5 minutes to answer questions. 


Please indicate which type of presentation you would prefer and submit your 250 word abstract here by the 5th of April. 


Please let me know if you have any questions! 


3.  Contribute to understanding smart data research use in the social sciences 

Smart Data Research UK (SDR UK) is a new and innovative UKRI digital research infrastructure investment. SDR UK will provide safe and secure data access, safeguard public trust, and build capability for cutting-edge research and innovation. 

Smart data refers to data generated through everyday interactions with digital devices, sensors, and services, such as app and web data, retail and business data, financial, transport and infrastructure data, data from remote imaging devices and wearables.  

As part of its evidence gathering activities, SDR UK’s Strategic Advice Team (SAT) are currently undertaking a survey of researchers who work in, or are interested in, the area of smart data research. The survey, designed by researchers at the University of Liverpool and University of Newcastle, aims to gain insights into researchers’ experiences in smart data for social science research. Researchers do not need expertise in working with smart data to respond to this survey, as we are interested in your views and experiences regardless of your level of expertise. The survey is open to all researchers, including those currently completing their PhDs. 

This survey will help the SAT map the needs, challenges, enablers and best practice currently experienced by those working with smart data (and/or those who would like to in future), both in the UK and in collaboration with international partners. The survey should take no longer than 10-15 minutes to complete. 

Survey link here: SDR UK Smart Data for Research – A Survey 

4.The 2024 LISS ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship competition is Open!  


Further details:  


Application deadline: 16.00 on 16 May 2024  

LISS DTP invites applications for ESRC-funded Post-Doctoral Fellowships (PDFs) to commence from 1st October 2024 to be held at King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London, or Imperial College London. These fellowships are aimed at aimed at providing a career development opportunity for those in the immediately postdoctoral stage of their career, to provide the opportunity to consolidate their PhD through developing publications, their networks, and their research and professional skills.  

Fellowships will provide funding for up toone year full-time, or up to two years part-time to cover the fellow’s salary plus up to £10,000 for all other costs (e.g., travel, conference attendance, training, fieldwork, mentoring time, etc.). 


5. The BiPP Network’s Professional Networking Event: For Black people in psychiatry and psychology seeking to broaden and elevate their professional connections 

Date and time  

25 April 2023, 6:00 to 8:30 pm 

Event location 

The Arcade at Bush House, South Wing, Strand, WC2B 4PJ 

Join the BiPP Network, in collaboration with Stolen Tools and King’s College London, on Thursday 25 April 2024, at 18:00 at The Arcade at Bush House, for an evening of networking and connecting with Black practitioners, professionals and researchers in the mental health field. 

This in-person event offers a unique opportunity for Black individuals in psychiatry and psychology to expand their network, exchange ideas, and cultivate valuable relationships in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. 

You will be able to engage in stimulating panel discussions and social cafes focused on strategising ways to promote and advance Black communities within the mental health field. Our dynamic speed networking sessions will also introduce you to a diverse range of individuals and career paths in psychiatry and psychology, encouraging you to broaden your professional circle. 

Whether you’re seeking new opportunities, seeking advice, or simply looking to expand your network, this event is tailored for you. Come prepared to mingle, exchange contact information, and forge meaningful connections. We look forward to welcoming you! 

Tickets are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment! 

Booking link

Contact details 




6. NCRM Annual Lecture 2024 

Join NCRM for its 2024 annual lecture on Tuesday, 21 May. This prestigious event will bring together researchers from across the UK to discuss some of the latest advances in research methods. 

Our keynote speaker for the evening will be Professor Noortje Marres of the University of Warwick, who will explore the new challenges that AI poses to the sciences of society

The free lecture, which is part of NCRM’s 20th anniversary celebrations, takes place in the magnificent surroundings of The Royal Society in central London. It will also be streamed online. 

Researchers from any discipline and sector are welcome to attend. More details about the programme and speakers are available below. 

The lecture 

In her presentation, Professor Marres will discuss the debates surrounding the use of AI in social research and argue that the new tools challenge the ability of the social sciences to engage with contexts and communities in society. 

Professor Marres will present a new set of methods and strategies that social researchers across disciplines have developed to address these challenges: situational mapping. 

Drawing on recent research, she will show how this approach can be used to explore the ways that AI affects particular people and places. 

Professor Marres will explain how interdisciplinary methods can enable researchers to negotiate conflicting requirements that automation and participation place on social research. 

The lecture, After the Automation of Methods: the Case for Situational Analytics, will conclude with reflections on the consequences of the rise of generative AI for relations between social science and society. 

The full abstract for the lecture and more details about our speakers are available below


The lecture is free to attend, but registration is required. 

Register for the NCRM Annual Lecture 2024 


7. Free training workshop for aspiring doctoral students who identify as Black, Asian and minority ethnic women 

Generation Delta has recently culminated its initial set of advice and guidance workshops, and it is starting training sessions for skill development of undergraduate, PGT students and alumni who identify as Black, Asian and minority ethnic women who might be interested in pursuing doctoral studies. This free training workshop will take place at the University of Plymouth on Tuesday 11th June 2024 from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. In addition, we are offering transport reimbursement up to £100 and catering. Unfortunately, we cannot cover accommodation. There are 25 spaces available. Please do not make any travel arrangements until after you receive an email from us offering you a place. 

This workshop will offer two interactive training sessions led by expert instructors on: 

1.    Funding opportunities available to undertake doctoral study 

2.    Writing a research proposal to apply for doctoral study 

Link to register (also in the flyers attached): 



8.LISS DTP Parent/Carer Group announcements 

Time-Saving Tech Workshop  

Description: The LISS-DTP sported Parents/Carers Group will host a series of 5 online workshops to introduce participants to research-focused time-saving software such as Zotero, NVivo, and mind-mapping tools. Each session will be part demonstration (~1 hour) and part Q&A / troubleshooting (~30 minutes).  

Dates: Third Thursday of each month, March – July 2024.  

Participants: Maximum of 12 participants. Preference to be given to LISS-DTP students who are parents/carers.  

Please sign up here: 


9. Internship opportunities with the Education Endowment Foundation – closing date 10 May 2024  

Please find details of two internship opportunities being offered to ESRC-funded students by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). EEF is an independent charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and education achievement. There are two opportunities available, one in the synthesis team working with, and supported by, existing Research Managers to conduct systematic reviews and internal research projects on relevant education topics; and the other, working with the Evaluation Team to commission high-quality evaluations of education programmes linked to EEF’s strategic priorities. The application deadlines are 10 May 2024 and details on how to apply can be found within the opportunities attached.  

We will also be hosting an online webinar with EEF 14:00 – 15:00 on Wednesday 17 April. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about EEF, the opportunities available and participate in a Q&A session. Please extend this invitation to interested students and ask them to register their interest by sending an email to by April 12, 2024. 


10. LISS DTP Achievements 

Jesse Grainger has had some of his research published in the LSE British Politics blog:  

In the past one would expect to find progressive views on homosexuality would be a predictor of progressive attitudes in other areas, like immigration. But a new paradoxical-sounding trend is being observed on the right: progressive views towards homosexuality combined with a hostile attitude towards immigration. Jesse Grainger analyses public opinion on these issues, and warns about their potential idiosyncratic nature. 

Give it a read, its interesting! 

An emerging homo-nativist electorate? | British Politics and Policy at LSE 



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