Meet the SCGRG postgrad reps…

Suzanne Hocknell & Emma Spence are both going to be attending the ESRC final year conference in Oxford on April 17th. Come and find us if you’d like to know more about writing for this blog, getting involved  with the SCGRG, or if you have ideas that you would like to see the SCGRG postgrad reps pursuing.


ESRC Early career media training

The meesrcdia can be a useful tool if you know how to use it. It can be an excellent way of getting your research across to a wider audience and reaching those policymakers who matter.

Aimed at PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, this popular one day course will

  • give you the basics on how to build up relations with the media
  • show you how to easily convey complex ideas
  • help you identify the key messages about your research
  • provide you with a good understanding of what a well written press release should look like and how the press works
  • equip you with ideas and advice on pitching your research to journalists and making it relevant to the news agenda
  • discuss how to use social media effectively and make the most of your online presence

Your trainers for the day include experts from the print and broadcast media, facilitated by the ESRC’s Communications Manager:

  • Alan Pike, former Financial Times journalist
  • Ivor Gaber, former BBC, ITN and Sky News Broadcaster who currently holds posts at City University, London (Professor of Political Journalism) and the University of Bedfordshire (Research Professor Media and Politics)

Your training day will typically start at 9.15 with registration and we aim to finish by 16.30. Lunch and refreshments will be provided together with useful course materials. There will be an element of pre-course work, which should be returned in advance of the date as per your pre-course instructions.

Numbers are capped at 30 delegates to ensure the best learning experience.

Forthcoming course dates:

  • Leeds – 27 February 2015 – this session is now fully booked
  • London – 17 March 2015

ESRC first year student conference

The ESRC and the Wales DTC welcome ESesrcRC first year students from across the UK to the ESRC First Year Student Conference takesrc walesing place at Cardiff City Hall on Thursday 29th January 2015.  For those who are able to attend, a networking buffet and talk takes place the evening before, at Cardiff University’s Hadyn Ellis Building.

The Conference offers a full programme of presentations and workshops, delivered by renowned academics covering topics including:

  • Making the most of your studentship
  • Research and the media
  • Getting creative with impact
  • How technology is transforming scholarly practice
  • Longitudinal resources

You will also be able to find out more about the support and opportunities available to ESRC DTC students to help develop your research and career.  The event is a unique opportunity for you to meet other ESRC-funded students both within and beyond your discipline from all 21 DTCs. We hope that you will be able to share ideas and form your own connections and networks.

More info & booking: