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Schools of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences course timetable


Tue 5 Dec 2023 – Wed 27 Mar

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January 2024

Wed 24

Venue: The Long Room, Gonville and Caius College

Questions, (a lack of) Answers, and Navigating a Persistently Changeable Field

Being a PhD student means you will probably spend around three or four years managing changes and adjusting research and funding, which can be a stressful and difficult time. If you remain in academia, this could continue. Professor Michelle Ellefson addresses these difficulties from a range of perspectives and aims to provide you with ways to cope living within an uncertain structure during your doctoral studies.

February 2024

Mon 5
Managing Fieldwork (In-person) new Finished 11:00 - 12:45 University Centre, Mill Lane


The first of two peer-led workshops in February will be provided by Joanna Watterson who will share some of her own personal experiences of fieldwork challenges and successes and create space for guided small group discussions. Fieldwork can be an incredibly rewarding experience. It can also be incredibly challenging. This session will cover some important elements of preparing for fieldwork, including making contingency and safety plans.

There is no preparatory work necessary for this session. After the session, you will be provided with various reading materials relating to the topics discussed.

It is important to note some content warnings for this session. While we will not go into detail, some distressing topics will be discussed. These include sexual harassment, violence, trauma, mental illness, and queerphobia.

Joanna Watterson is a third year PhD student in the Department of Geography. Her research interests are urban governance, infrastructure, social and environmental justice, and inequality. She feels strongly about making academic spaces and praxes more diverse and inclusive, particularly for gendered bodies.

You may be interested in attending a forthcoming workshop 'Managing Vicarious Trauma as a Researcher'

Tue 13
CANCELLED - Managing your fieldwork Part Two new CANCELLED 11:00 - 12:45 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room B

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are unable to provide this workshop.

Fri 23
Postponed: Returning from Fieldwork new POSTPONED 13:00 - 14:00 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room B

Unfortunately we will need to postpone this session to Easter Term. Anyone who has signed up will be notified of a new date.

Wed 28
MIND Mental Health Awareness (online) new Finished 12:00 - 13:00 ESRC: online

This 1-hour webinar is delivered by UK mental health specialist charity MIND, and will be a brilliant opportunity to explore the key aims below:

  • 1. understand what we mean by the term ‘mental health’
  • 2. be able to identify common mental health problems
  • 3. understand the effect stress has on our mental health and wellbeing
  • 4. know how to look after our wellbeing
  • 5. know how to make a wellbeing plan for ourselves or others
  • 6. know where to get further help.

March 2024

Tue 12
Managing Vicarious Trauma as a Researcher new [Places] 12:30 - 14:00 Pembroke College, Nihon Room

This workshop will be 1.5 hours and will cover the following aspects:

  • What is research related trauma/vicarious trauma?
  • What can you do to try and prevent research related trauma?
  • What might be some of the signs of trauma to look out for?
  • When and where to go for support if needed?

The workshop will be led by Margaret Bailey and Phyllis Smith, counsellors from the University Counselling Service.

We will start at 12.30pm and a buffet lunch will be available for you to access throughout the session.

Please note in order to ensure the workshop meets your needs and expectations, we would be grateful if you could complete a short form prior to attending

Fri 15
PhD Students with Caring Responsibilities Support Group (hybrid) new [Places] 13:00 - 14:00 17 Mill Lane, Meeting Room A

This is a supported group for PhD students who are managing caring responsibilities alongside their studies. It will be co-facilitated by the Inclusive Learning and Development Manager and a current PhD student who is also managing a caring role.

Caring can include a wide range of experiences and responsibilities and involve providing support for both children and adults.

Objectives for this group:

  • This session is a space to recognise the challenges of this experience and an opportunity to explore the support that is currently in place and if it is enough or if there is other support that could be provided.

Outcomes for this group:

  • Connect with other PhDs in similar situations and provide peer-support – hopefully meeting up outside this termly meet up
  • Share and hear about resources and advice from the co-facilitators and participants

This sesssion will be hybrid: In-person in Room A at 17 Mill Lane as well as offering an online opportunity to join via Zoom

Mon 18

This is a supported group for PhD students who are part-time. It will be co-facilitated by the Doctoral Training Manager for the ESRC DTP and SHSS and a current part-time PhD Student within the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences. This is a space to recognise the challenges of being part-time and the support that is currently in place, discuss if it is enough or if there can be other provision in place.

Objectives of this group:

  • An opportunity to share experiences, both challenges and positive, as a part-time student
  • Ask questions or raise issues that you would like to see supported in the future

Outcomes for this group:

  • Connect with other part-time PhDs providing peer-support and possibly meeting up outside this termly group
  • Potentially set up a wider group going forward or an event (this can be supported by the ESRC DTP/School of the Humanities and Social Sciences if required)
Fri 22
Expanding Understandings of Ethics (In-person) new [Places] 11:00 - 13:00 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room B

Peer-led Workshop

Ethics is critical but can often become procedural. Ethics can be embedded and enriching component of research but may fall to the margins as projects progress.

In this two-hour collaborative workshop we will give ourselves time to think deeply about ethics. We will dedicate time to reviewing and unpicking conventional understandings of ethical review procedures, before using rich and reflective group discussions to build ethical frameworks coherent to our own research projects. We will pool resources, insights and perspectives while trying to expand our understandings of ethics beyond the data gathering phase of research.

In particular, we will focus on how we position, view and care for those we are researching with, our research projects, those who may engage with our research outputs and ourselves. By the end of the workshop, participants will have considered whether and how to reconcile institutional, personal and theoretical concerns related to their own ethical considerations.

Brief bio: Samantha Hulston is a former ESRC DTP recipient at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. She specialises in conducting research with young children within educational settings and is interested in how situated ethical concerns expand and overlap in such settings.

Wed 27
Re-Imagining Impact (In-person) new [Places] 10:00 - 13:00 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room B

Research impact can be defined as a “demonstratable contribution” made by research towards "society and the economy”. It can take various forms, including changes in understanding, developments in methods, shaping of policies and shifts in behaviours. Yet, the word ‘impact’ can be burdened by assumptions and connotations of a particular range of research ‘outcomes’.

This workshop aims to question these assumptions and connotations regarding what impact should or could look like within social science research. In so doing we will construct nuanced understands of how impact may relate to our own projects as well as the theories, methods and values informing our projects.

Brief bio: Samantha Hulston is a former ESRC DTP recipient at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. She specialises in conducting research with young children within educational settings and the re-imagined impacts this might bring.