...an ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

South East DTC 5th Annual Conference

Monday 11 July 2016

The 2016 South East DTC Annual Conference took place at the University of Reading on Wednesday 29 June.

The event was well-attended by academics and PhD researchers from the Universities of Kent, Reading, Royal Holloway and Surrey.  We were delighted that a number of researchers from our 2016-17 Cohort were also able to join us.  

The day started off with a welcome talk by Chris Robson from the University of Reading.  This was followed by a brief update on the Doctoral Training Partnership, by the DTC Director, Chris Fife-Schaw from the University of Surrey.  

Dr Rachel McCloy, Associate Professor in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language at the University of Reading gave an informative presentation on the bridging the divide between research and public policy.

Melissa Pepper and Amy Kirby who are both Sociology Researchers at the University of Surrey gave an engaging talk on the trials and tribulations on tackling a PhD as a part-timer.

After lunch, Suzannah Ravencroft, a Psychology Researcher at the University of Reading inspired us all with an excellent presentation on her experience as applying and undertaking an ESRC internship at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST).

Emma Dewhirst and Christine Espitalier-Noel, the South East DTC Manager updated everyone on the various SEDTC opportunities coming up in 2016-17 including the interdisciplinary competition, the RCUK Policy Internship Competition and the ESRC Writing Competition.

Dr Sally Lloyd Evans, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Reading gave a fascinating and enlightening presentation on undertaking participatory action  research.

We were treated to a surprise presentation to round off the day by Faith Orchard, a Psychology Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the University of Reading who was voted PhD Researcher of the Year at Reading.  Her presentation concentrated on research and impact.

During the course of the day, there was also a Research Poster competition that was won by Evronia Azer from Royal Holloway.  Her research project is entitled The Use of ICTs to organise collective action in the Arab Spring by grassroots human rights groups.


There was also a lively three-minute thesis competition that was won by Chloe Tyler from the University of Kent who gave us an inspiring overview of her research on investigating an experimental mental health stigma-reduction approach.


Congratulations to Evronia and Chloe.

The day ended with a drinks reception to give everyone the opportunity to socialise and network.

We would also like to thank everyone who attended conference and took part and made the day a success.  Finally, we would like to thank the University of Reading for hosting the event and facilitating the event.