LISS DTP Monthly Newsletters

March 2021


  1. LISS Student Forum on 2nd March 3-4pm
  2. LISS Student Led Activity Fund
  3. Student Spotlight: Freya Aquarone
  4. KCL Wellbeing Support and Events for PGR Students / PGR Wellbeing Communities Fund – apply now!
  5. LISS Pathway 2: Guest Speaker Series and Upcoming Events (Open to all LISS students)
  6. ESRC Review of the PhD in the Social Sciences


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  1. LISS Student Forum on 2nd March

We will be hosting another online Forum for LISS DTP Students on Tuesday, 2nd March from 3pm to 4pm.  This is an opportunity to receive an update on training and other opportunities, and to raise any questions or concerns you may have.

Meeting link (via Microsoft Teams): Click here to join the meeting

  1. LISS Student Led Activity Fund

The LISS DTP invites funding applications for student-led activities. Activities eligible for funding can include one-off events like a workshop or conference, recurring events like reading groups or seminar series, or involve the creation of resources such as web apps, handbooks, etc. We encourage innovative and imaginative proposals. We are very happy to receive applications to co-fund events with other DTPs or other organisations. We can consider applications for any value, but an ideal budget would be £3000 or less.  Please see the Research and Event Funding page on the LISS DTP website for more details, including an application form.

If you wish to discuss any ideas before applying, please contact the Deputy Director for Training and Cohort Development (

  1. Featured LISS DTP Student – Freya Aquarone

The ‘Current Students’ area of our website now has a ‘Featured Student’: Freya Aquarone. The page describes Freya’s work on a participatory action research programme ‘Trying to do things differently’  which is about living out a set of principles and practices not commonly found in higher education.

If you have been involved in an interesting project we would be happy to feature it too – please get in touch!

  1. KCL Wellbeing Support and Events for PGR Students

Wellbeing Toolkit for PGR Students: This toolkit contains six modules organised into two themes: (A) self-care and management, and (B) working with others.

The Wellbeing Thesis: An online resource for postgraduate research students to support wellbeing, learning and research

KCL Counselling & Mental Health Support Service  – online counselling offered, and out-of-hours counselling is now available

Tips on working from home and wellbeing:

The PGR Wellbeing Communities Fund is available, offering up to £700 for student-led initiatives. The next deadline is 15 March 2021

  1. . LISS Pathway 2 Guest Speaker Series and Upcoming Events

LISS DTP Pathway 2 Guest Speaker Series

Dr Mark Freestone – Making a Psychopath

Thu, 29 April 2021 3-4pm

Register on Eventbrite

Mark is a Reader in Mental Health at the Centre for Psychiatry, Queen Mary University of London and has worked in prisons and forensic mental health services for over 15 years. Following consulting on the hit series Killing Eve, Mark writes about the complex term “psychopath” in his book: “Making a Psychopath – My Journey into 7 Dangerous Minds”. Please join us for what will be a fascinating talk.

LISS Pathway 2 Journal Club

Tue, 9 March 2021 12-1pm

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The first journal club will kick off with a special selection paper about mixed-method research. The journal club is an open and friendly space to discuss papers relevant to our pathway. The format will involve a short presentation of the chosen paper followed by a critical discussion as a group. We aim to run the journal club once every two months. You can read the selected paper beforehand and come with comments and questions or please feel free to just turn up and listen.

Questions about these events? Please contact LISS Pathway 2 Student Representatives.

  1. ESRC Review of the PhD in the Social Sciences

ESRC Review of the PhD in the Social Sciences: Your opportunity to help shape future doctoral training provision

The ESRC is conducting a review of the PhD in the social sciences. Independent research, undertaken by CFE Research and the University of York, is informing the review, by exploring the skills social science doctoral graduates need for careers within and outside academia and the optimum ways to develop them.

During the final stage of the research, CFE and the University of York are offering the opportunity to join a series of workshops designed to test a series of propositions about the future of doctoral training in the UK, informed by the evidence and analysis to date.

Each online workshop will be targeted at a particular stakeholder group. The first three workshops will engage:

  • Social science PhD candidates & graduates – Tuesday 9th March 2021, 2-4pm
  • Supervisors of social science PhD candidates – Thursday 11th March 2021, 2-4pm
  • Employers of social science PhD graduates – Tuesday 16th March, 2-4pm

The workshops for candidates, graduates and supervisors will focus on the optimum ways to deliver skills training, with a focus on the development of transferable employability skills as well as core research skills. It will explore the role that placements and collaborative projects could fulfil and the implications for the funding, length and structure of the doctoral programme.

How Can You Get Involved?
If you are interested in attending a workshop, please email stating the workshop you wish to attend and, where relevant, your social sciences discipline.