Our induction event for new students took place last month, and recordings of many of the talks and presentations are now available. To watch all 11 videos, which combine slides with audio, you will need to set aside around 2½ hours. They are drawn from four sessions: What is a DTP?, Adding Value to Your Studentship, Forms of Engagement and What Do People Do After a Doctorate?
What is a DTP?
After a welcome from Tom Hall, head of the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, Professor David James, ESRC Wales DTP Director, asked “What is a DTP?” This 45 minute talk explains how Doctoral Training Partnerships work and we relate to the funding council and our partner institutions, as well as giving an overview of some of the benefits that are available to you as DTP students.
Adding value to your studentship
We then heard four short talks about the opportunities that are available to you as an ESRC funded student.
Two Wales DTP students talked about internships they had undertaken. The first was Amy Sanders who discusses her three month internship with WISERD.
Then Jen Hampton described her internship with the Welsh Government.
The Wales DTP offer small grants for collaboration and interdisciplinary. David James gave a brief overview of these.
Finally in this session, Wales DTP student Matthiaos Melas joined via Skype to talk about his overseas institutional visit to Norway.
Forms of Engagement
After lunch we heard a series of talks on engagement practices such as blogging and podcasting. WISERD’s Dr Stuart Fox started off with a talk on blogging for beginners.
Wales DTP student Sara Correia gave a talk on her experience doing a podcast series.
The Wales DTP’s elearning officer Simon Wood shared some practical advice for getting started with blogging.
Finally Wales DTP student Jennie Bunt gave a quick overview of the Wales DTP Methods Blog which has been recently launched, is written by DTP students, and is an excellent place to get started.
What do people do after a Doctorate?
In the final session, Dr Sam Saville, a former Wales DTP student who is now one of our Post-Doctoral Fellows, gave an account of her PhD journey.
To end the day, David James gave an 8 minute talk on describing what people do after a social science PhD.