LISS DTP Monthly Newsletters

August 2023 

August 2023      


  1. The UKRI Policy Internships Scheme for 2023/24 now open 
  1. PhD project Fundraiser 
  1. National Pupil Database Courses 
  1. ICRRA Conference 2023 
  1. Kindness in Research 2023 
  1. British Library Doctoral Open Day: Music, Sound and Vision Collections 
  1. LISS DTP Achievements 


Important Notice: UKRI tax free stipend will increase to £20,622 from October first. More information can be found here


1. The UKRI Policy Internships Scheme for 2023/24 now open 


The scheme provides the opportunity for doctoral students funded by the Research Councils of UKRI to undertake a three-month placement at one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations. During their internship, the student undertakes training and experience on a policy topic agreed with their host partner that is relevant to both parties.  The intention of the scheme is to embed students in an environment where they can engage with the process of converting research outputs into policy.  These internships equip students with transferable skills and training relevant to the future career paths that the student may choose. 

Full details of how to apply, including links to the online application form and guidance documents are available through the UK Research & Innovation policy internships webpage. 

The Policy Internships Scheme is coordinated by NERC on behalf of the other Research Councils of UKRI. Any queries relating to the application process should be directed to the NERC Talent and Skills team ( or the relevant host partner. 

The deadline for applications is 2 October 2023 16.00 UK time. 


2. PhD project Fundraiser aiding schooling for Ethiopian kids! 

Elisa Genovisi is a final year LISS funded PhD candidate who needs your help! Please keep reading! 

The overall cost of her PhD project (without conferences, training, etc.) was over £20,000. She received some small grants but still has a budget gap of £5000 that is needed for the final study. Here is why she absolutely needs to do this final study: with the support of many Ethiopian collaborators, she has developed an intervention to help and encourage schools in Ethiopia to accept children with developmental disabilities in their classes, as these children are still too often left at home with no education or social connections at all; now she needs to evaluate it. If she doesnt evaluate it, it will not be implemented. The final £5000 are up to her to cover. 

Please share or donate if you are able:  Fundraiser by Elisa Genovesi : PhD project aiding schooling for Ethiopian kids! ( 


3. National Pupil Database Courses 

ADR UK (Administrative Data Research UK) is supporting the provision of courses on the National Pupil Database to be delivered online this autumn by the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM), and the University College London’s Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities (CEPEO).  

Please share these with relevant contacts and those who might benefit from attending. 

NCRM: Introduction to the NPD 

This one-day course running from 10AM-4PM is suitable for those with no prior knowledge of the NPD or statistical code. There are two dates available to choose from

To register, please visit NCRM: Introduction to National Pupil Database. Sign-ups opening shortly: please email to express interest. 

The National Pupil Database (NPD) is a complex and rich administrative dataset held by the Department for Education covering a plethora of schools and early years data for England.  The NPD is a component dataset of several linked ADR UK-funded datasets, including Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO), Education and Child Health Insights from Linked Data (ECHILD), Data First: Ministry of Justice- Department for Education linked dataset and others.  

4.  ICRRA Conference 2023 

The conference will discuss cultural relations responses to the pressing challenges of sustainable development, the UN Agenda 2030 and the upcoming UN Summit of the Future call for more effective multilateralism. 

Key questions include: 

  • What is the role of multilateral organisations in delivering the sustainable development agenda? 
  • What could be the impact of the standalone goal for culture in the post-2030 period? 
  • Is there a common global understanding of multilateralism? 
  • What are the implications of the rapid development of AI and other technological advances? 
  • What place does international cultural relations have in these questions and discussions? 

Join the 2023 ICRRA conference and discover perspectives from leading research and insights from those with direct and practical ‘on the ground’ experience of cultural relations, drawn from across the spectrum of the global ICRRA network. 

For more information including how to register click here


5. Kindness in Research 2023 

Kindness in Research is a free 1-day conference at King’s College London on the topic of trauma-informed research practice on Mon, 14 Aug 2023 09:30 – 20:00 BST. 

This is the 2nd Edition of KiR after the successful 2022 event. KiR is organised by early career researchers and is funded by the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP) through its Student-Led Activity fund. 

For more information including how to sign up please click here


6. British Library Doctoral Open Day: Music, Sound and Vision Collections 

The British Library would like to invite you to the next exciting Doctoral Open Day onsite at St Pancras, London.  

Music, Sound and Vision Collections (1st September 2023) 

Several million items of printed music, original manuscripts, private papers, sound and spoken word recordings and moving news images in our collection span all genres from Purcell to Panufnik, and from Punk to Pop. Learn more about how this vast collection can aid your research not just in music, but in anthropology, history and culture. 

Please find programme attached. Refreshments will be provided. 

Booking link here: 

7.LISS DTP Achievements 

LISS DTP student Julia Pointon-Haas was recently awarded the King’s Future Alumni Award!  this award is given to a current King’s student who has demonstrated exceptional potential alongside their studies through extracurricular activities. 

Since joining Kings in 2013, Julia has embedded a sector-leading grassroots approach to student wellbeing. Under her leadership, there has been a 278% increase in positive student-led wellbeing activities, with more than 300 King’s students now trained to run wellbeing activities. 

Well Done Julia! 

LISS DTP funded Post-Doctoral Fellow Margaret Cheesman has been made a Lecturer in Digital Economy and Innovation: 

“The LISS Postdoctoral Fellowship has given me the chance to work with a brilliant mentor, Professor Claudia Aradau, and the time and resources to develop publications and build towards the next steps of my career. I’m delighted to move into a permanent position at KCL as Lecturer in the Digital Economy from September. Big thanks to LISS DTP for supporting my research!” 

Amazing work, congratulations Margie! 



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