SGSSS Summer School 2018

Welcome to the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Summer School 2018. The Summer School will take place 19-21 June 2018 in Edinburgh. 


Please note we are no longer accepting waiting list requests. Most workshops are now at full capacity and unfortunately we will not be able to increase their size. 

**The accommodation in the Halls of Residence is now fully booked. However, if you wish to arrange your own accommodation, SGSSS will be able to reimburse students £40 per night. Please see below for more info. 

For the remaining workshops:

New ticket types have been added - you can choose from:

- Single Workshop - any day

- Two workshops - any two days

- Three workshops - any three days


  • Doing research with Children and Young People - (Dr Jo Neary) - This session aims to explore the differences, and similarities, present when interviewing children and young people (CYP) compared with adults. The workshop will use a combination of discussions, theory, and activities to explore research with CYP. 


  • Life history research – how history shapes lives - (Dr Emmanuelle Tulle) - Life history interviews are a form of qualitative interviewing designed to explore change or continuities in people’s lives. In this session I will present some examples of how I conducted and analysed life history interviews, outlining their strengths as well as their inevitable limitations and will invite reflexions and questions from you about how this approach would fit your own research.  
  • Archival Research - (Dr Valerie Wright) - This training will open up the world of archival research, championing this method to all social scientists. The session will include a site visit to Edinburgh University’s Archives. 


  • LUNCHTIME DROP-IN (1pm-2pm) Student Surgery – Meet the Directorate (Dr Emmanuelle Tulle)
  • Being a Doctoral Student is Stressful: How to keep going - (Ida Norberg) - This session is run by a doctoral student for doctoral students, and gives a social space within the Summer School programme to reflect on studentship and the pressures that impact on your research. 


  • Promoting Case-based Reasoning about Quantitative Population Data using Lexis Surfaces: Examples and applications in Death and Birth - (Dr Jon Minton) -The divide in social methods isn’t just between quantitative and qualitative, but also between case-based and variable-based. This workshop will cross these streams, showing how case-based quantitative research can be conducted using Lexis surfaces. 


  • NEW ADDITION! Community Engagement: Practical strategies and aiming for impact - (Dr Julie Clark & Ms Katey Tabner) - Community engagement offers an inclusive approach to research, valuing local knowledge as a central dimension for understanding both individual and group experiences. The session will provide a collaborative and reflexive environment where researchers can discuss the dynamics of community engagement. We will explore practical strategies for fostering community engagement and take a frank look at the challenge of building impact for people, policy and place into research design. 
  • Careers beyond the academy - (Anna Scott) - Are you considering a career outside academia? Would you value the opportunity of engaging with business, government and careers specialists to explore how to match your unique skills to job sectors and opportunities? Hear from speakers from the Scottish Government, market research organisation Ipsos Mori and social enterprise development agency Firstport on the skills and experience they look for in their workforce to help you identify transferable skills you are building as doctoral researchers. 


  • LUNCHTIME DROP-IN 1pm-2pm Student Surgery – Meet the Directorate Dr Jo Ferrie

Click Here to Register (external link)

**Please note that unfortunately the accommodation in the Halls of Residence is now fully booked. However, the SGSSS will be able to reimburse £40 per night for accommodation privately arranged by students. Please email for more details. 

Due to high demand, we are no longer able to add students to waiting lists as classes are now at full capacity. 

Please find our full scheduled programme for this year (including detailed outlines for each workshop) below.

SGSSS Summer School 2018 Programme

Registration Fee

The administrative fee for attending Summer School 2018 is £25 per day. This year we are introducing an early bird ticket giving you all three days for £70. Tickets include refreshment breaks, lunch catering, and drinks at the welcome reception. For students coming to the Summer School from outside of Edinburgh accommodation may also be provided.

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What is SGSSS Summer School? 

Every June, the SGSSS host the popular Summer School in Edinburgh. The Summer School is open to all post graduate students in Social Sciences at any of our member institutions. The Summer School programme is a mix of courses on qualitative and quantitative methods, skills and with a strong social aspect. This is one of the best opportunities of the calendar year to meet other PhD students! Content for Summer School has been contributed by academic colleagues from across Scotland, but we have also included external course providers. 

What is Summer School like? 

In order to share the idea and spirit of Summer School, have a look at our Summer School 2016 film, below. 

SGSSS SUMMER SCHOOL from SocSci Scotland on Vimeo.

Last updated 8 Jun 2018 1:01pm