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Social Science PhD and ECR Careers Week 22-26 March


We're pleased to announce a week of professional training, inspirational talks and career workshops will be offered as part of Social Science PhD and ECR Careers Week, between 22nd - 26th March 2021. These digital events are organised with the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds and York, in partnership with the WRDTP.

The events are designed to help our PhD students and Early Career Researchers, navigate their next career move. With only around 30% of Doctoral Graduates remaining in academia and roles increasingly harder to secure, our aim is to provide support and showcase alternate career opportunities that align with research strengths and make the most of valuable skills. A list of all the events and additional information is available here

Career Development training workshops

To help you prepare for a possible shift into a career outside of academia we have curated a series of five workshops delivered by a Chartered Psychologist specialising in Career Development and Talent Management. Workshops themes:


We have invited several inspirational speakers to talk to us about their professional journey outside of academia. In this series of inspirational talks you will hear what motivated them to pursue a career beyond academia and how their research skills have transferred to their new roles. Sessions will be chaired and there will be time for a Q&A.

Policy workshop with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)

We will be welcoming policy makers, social researchers and statisticians from the DWP to discuss their career pathways into the civil service and the different recruitment schemes and placements available. Register your interest here

Career Service workshops

Career Services from The Universities of Leeds and York will be running workshops on key professional skills and how to find employment. Workshop themes:

Events are open to all Social Science PhD students and ECRs across the White Rose University network (Sheffield, Leeds, York, Sheffield Hallam, Bradford, Hull and Manchester Metropolitan)