What are you thinking?

A major benefit of working at an institution like King’s is the opportunity to debate big ideas, challenge assumptions and ask difficult questions, in short, to think more broadly. Whilst research is all absorbing, especially if you’ve got any kind of deadline looming, I’d really encourage you to seize the chance to think big at the forthcoming Social Science Festival: Celebrating Interdisciplinarity.

On 23 & 24 November 2015, King’s Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Centre (KISS DTC) is hosting a two-day festival showcasing social science research taking place at King’s. It’s a great chance to consider how research can impact society. The programme includes:

  • Charles Clarke, Home Secretary (2004-6)
  • Mike Hulme, United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (1995-2001)
  • Margaret Hodge, Chair, Public Accounts Committee (2010-15)
  • David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science (2010-14)
  • Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, an expert on globalisation, who coined the term ‘Global city’

So come along and think big!

The Festival is open to all students and staff at King’s and beyond. All events are happening on the Strand campus, mainly in the Great Hall. See the Festival programme for full details of the panels and plenaries (PDF).

KISS DTC PhD students are involved throughout the Festival, presenting posters on their research, ‘in conversation’ with KCL academics and contributing to panel discussions.

Register your interest in attending: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/graduate-school/doctoral-training-centre/social-science-festival.aspx

Further information available on the Social Science Festival Poster

KLS Graduate Research Conference: Dialogue and Networks: Responses and Challenges to Power and Injustice – Call for Papers

The third annual Kent Law School Graduate Research Conference, taking place at Eliot College, University of Kent, Canterbury (UK) 8 – 9 June 2015, will explore the impact of research in challenging various forms of power and injustice and generating social change. The conference will bring together a wide variety of academic perspectives to provide a forum for conversations about contemporary social injustice. The KLS Graduate Conference Committee invites all postgraduate students from social sciences and humanities backgrounds to submit an abstract. Participants will have the opportunity to network with their fellow colleagues and discuss their ongoing research in an interdisciplinary setting.

Submission of proposals for papers, posters, panels, and roundtable discussions

The Committee welcomes papers that address the theme of the conference from various
academic perspectives including law, sociology, anthropology, criminology, politics, international relations, philosophy, ethics, literature, history, economics, social policy, psychology and film. Abstract submissions should be no longer than 300 words. The Committee also welcomes applications from participants seeking to showcase their work in the conference’s poster display. Participants will have the opportunity to display their poster in the foyer of Eliot College and will be able to discuss their research with attendees of the conference. Please submit an abstract of no longer than 300 words outlining the research the poster will present. The Committee encourages proposals of up to 300 words for small panels and roundtable discussions.

All submissions should be accompanied with the following details: name of applicant, name of institution and contact details. Submissions should be sent to lawgradconference@kent.ac.uk no later than Tuesday 7th April 2015. All submissions will be reviewed and successful applicants will be notified shortly.

KLS hope to offer a limited number of bursaries of up to £100 per person for those wishing to attend the conference who require financial assistance or are travelling from outside the UK. To apply for the bursary please send a CV and a brief statement outlining the need for assistance to lawgradconference@kent.ac.uk.

Information on research topics related to the theme of the conference can be found at http://blogs.kent.ac.uk/klsllm/2015/03/18/311/ 

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact lawgradconference@kent.ac.uk

Another Knowledge Transfer job – for STEM or social science PhD

**The deadline for this post has passed, but the information is retained for your further research inspiration**

‘The successful candidate should have a first degree (1st or 2.1 honours degree or equivalent) in a relevant (STEM-related or social science) subject and a PhD in a STEM-related or social science subject. Although the Associate will be a King’s College London employee, they will be predominantly based at EngineeringUK London offices at 246 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EX.

The post would suit someone with a business or academic background, a keen interest in working with schools and business and with research/evaluation experience in the STEM area. The post will be based at EngineeringUK with regular meetings at the Centre for Research in Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at King’s (CRESTEM).’


Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship opportunity

The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) program supports mid-stage graduate students in formulating effective doctoral dissertation research proposals that contribute to the development of interdisciplinary fields of study in the humanities and social sciences. Intended to help emerging scholars make the transition from learners to producers of knowledge within innovative areas of inquiry, the fellowship creates a space for multidisciplinary faculty mentorship and opens unique opportunities for both interdisciplinary and international network building.

For more info: http://www.ssrc.org/programs/dpdf/

Short term Postdocs in Japan

**This post is over a year old but may help you identify employers, job titles or skills you need to research your next posting**

JSPS London Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (Short Term) Application Deadline: Monday 3rd December 2012 Fellowships must be started between 1st May 2013 to 31st March 2014.

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is the leading research funding agency in Japan, established by the Japanese Government for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of science. Our Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (Short Term) provides the opportunity for researchers based outside of Japan to conduct collaborative research activities with leading research groups at Japanese Universities and Research Institutions for visits of between 1 to 12 months. Eligible applicants need to be either within 2 years of finishing their PhD at the time of applying to start their fellowship in Japan or have obtained their PhD after 2 April 2007. Eligible research fields are not limited.

Please visit the JSPS London website here for further information:


Research Fellow

Recruiter: Policy Exchange
Salary: Dependent on experience
Job type: Temporary
Date posted: 26/07/2011
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Education policy unit at leading Westminster think tank require new team member to undertake quantitative and qualitative research. Please see website for details.

NSPCC study

Unusual post for this blog  – some of you will be more used to recruiting for your own studies.
However, some of you might want to make contact with Sherilyn or suggest the study to your friends. Ethics is approved and checkable.
I am looking to recruit women aged 18 to 24 to a doctoral research project linked to the NSPCC. I was wondering whether you could help me publicise the research to student groups you thought would be appropriate.
I’ve attached the questionaires and below is more information on the study. If you are able to help, I would be so grateful. Or if you could forward this e-mail on to a more appropriate person, should you be unable to assist, that would also be very helpful.
What is the research about?
I am doing my doctorate in collaboration with the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children). My study is looking at how different groups of 18 to 24 year old women ‘process’ their emotions. This means how you deal with difficult feelings. Previous research has found that people have different ‘styles’ of dealing with their feelings, and this study is investigating whether certain childhood experiences may be related to specific styles of managing feelings. It will also look at whether different ‘styles’ of dealing with feelings leads to different types of psychological symptoms such as sleeping problems or low moods.
Who can take part?
I am looking for women aged 18 – 24, who feel that they have had a happy childhood. By this I mean there have been few stressful childhood events, for example, bereavement, long-term separation from a parent or feeling severely victimised.
What will I be asked to do?
If you are interested in taking part, please e-mail sherylin.thompson@nspcc.org.uk or call 020 7825 2739. She will send you the questionnaires to fill in, which should not take longer than 20-25 minutes to do. They can be sent and returned by e-mail or by post (a self-addressed stamped envelope will be included).
If you decide to take part now, you can still decide later on to withdraw from the study. You can also ask me, the researcher, if there is anything that is not clear, or if you would like more information, my contact details are at the end.
What will happen to the results of the research?
This research will form part of a doctoral degree. The results will be included in a doctoral dissertation although no one will be able to identify that you gave us any information towards this. Your name will only be known to the researcher and the information you give will be confidential. The dissertation, as well as any journal articles which might be published, will be made available to you if you would like to read them. You will be able to request these by contacting the researcher or supervisor at the contact details below. 
Who can I contact for more information?
The study has been reviewed by the NSPCC research ethics committee as well as by the research ethics committee at the Metanoia Institute. You can contact:
The researcher for this project:
Sherylin Thompson
020 7825 2739
e-mail: Sherylin.thompson@nspcc.org.uk.
If you would like to find out whether this is a legitimate study or to check whether to study has had ethical approval from the NSPCC, please contact:
The supervisor of this project:
Dr Susana Corral
42 Curtain Road
Phone: 020 7825 2500
e-mail: scorral@nspcc.org.uk
Best wishes
Sherylin Thompson
020 7825 2739
(Out of hours: 07976 206 625)
Weston House
42 Curtain Road
London EC2A 3NH

Research Staff Careers Adviser (part-time for Arts & Humanities & Social Sciences)

University of Cambridge Careers Service – Research Staff Careers Adviser (part-time for Arts & Humanities & Social Sciences)

Salary: £36,862-£46,696 pa, pro rata

Limit of tenure applies*

The Schools of Arts & Humanities and the Humanities & Social Sciences at Cambridge University are looking for a graduate with a strong interest in people and their futures to work as a Careers Adviser to their research staff. The successful candidate will be based in the University Careers Service, liaising with faculties and departments in the two Schools to provide career management support, principally by one-to-one consultations, workshops, and speaker events.

An arts, humanities, or social sciences background, and postgraduate experience and qualifications to doctoral level, are desirable. Essential personal qualities include enthusiasm, curiosity, objectivity, energy, asking power, and the ability to switch tasks frequently. Above all, the postholder will need to be outgoing, interested in people, a well-organised self-starter, and able to work under pressure, both independently and in a group. Professional training courses are available.

Appointment will be half-time (18.5 hours a week), starting on the 1st September 2011, or as soon as possible thereafter. The vacancy arises from the retirement of the present postholder.

Further details about this role and information on how to apply are available from our website: go to www.careers.cam.ac.uk and click on ‘Careers Adviser (postdoc)’ or contact Isabel Evans on telephone number 01223 766067 or by emailing her at Personnel@careers.cam.ac.uk.

* The funds for this post are available until 30th September 2012 in the first instance. The post is very likely to be funded long term.

Closing date: 27 June 2011. Interview date: 8 July 2011.



Social Entrepreneurship Money

Just a note to flag up that Unltd have 190 grants (of up to £5000 each) available in 2010 for any member of staff or student from a HEFCE funded organisation wishing to launch a social enterprise. The main criterion for getting a grant is that you can demonstrate your project will bring positive social change. (Good opportunity for SIFE students – for those of you working with them.)

If you or one of your students is interested, there’s more info at  http://culturegroup.co.uk/Hefce_Website/.

Unltd also has a smaller number of development grants (up to £15k) for social enterprises which are off the ground but need financial support to grow.