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ESRC DTP: Business Awareness Course new Tue 30 Oct 2018   09:00 Finished

The Cambridge ESRC DTP-IAA offers a free one-day training course to PhD students and Postdocs on Business awareness. The course is aimed to assist students understand how businesses operate and to develop skills valuable to future employees. Many businesses are looking for graduate employees with commercial awareness to enable them to work effectively in the workplace.

This fun, one day, interactive course includes ‘The Frame Game’ to give you a taste of the commercial world. Delivery is by the Institute of Manufacturing’s experienced industry and academic staff. So, book a place to:-

  • Experience how a business works
  • Explore a range of key business issues including working with customers, different business models and working as a team
  • Develop skills around developing and communicating your research and project

Lunch will be provided.

    • Please note it is compulsory for all ESRC students to attend this workshop once during their studentship**

This workshop is designed to provide an overview of real world research – and in particular, of evaluation research that is commissioned, designed and delivered in the real world, with all its unpredictability, mistakes, and unintended consequences.

The focus is on evaluation research because most funders of commissioned research are interested in knowing more about how interventions to address social problems can be most effective, and about how they should change their policies and work programmes, and about what all this might mean for their own (and their partners’) budgets.

It is important to be able to design evaluations that can help them to know those things, and to avoid designing ones that do not!

After going over some of the key features of good quality evaluation research - and some of the key debates about how it should be done, and how its quality should be assessed – we will look at some brief specifications for actual commissioned research, to think about how we might design and deliver those, assess interests relating to them, and identify any key ethical issues that they might raise.

Examples will be provided on the day, and some worked responses will also be provided at the end of each discussion. Attendees can come prepared with questions relating to their own research if they wish, as those could feed nicely into the group discussion.

This workshop is led by the Managing Director of an independent consulting organisation which has worked for many years with a range of government and non-government organisations on research design and evaluations (both within and outside the UK).

Policy Workshop (CSaP and Cambridge ESRC DTP) new Wed 27 Mar 2019   10:00 Finished


This workshop is open to all postgraduates in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Join the Cambridge ESRC DTP with the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) for a workshop where you will learn how policy is written, how to engage with policy officials and decision makers, and learn key skills around how to make your research have an impact within government.

This workshop is open to all PhD students within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (including non-ESRC funded students)

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