Summer School 2019

Welcome to Summer School 2019!

We are delighted to be offering even more courses, across a wide range of topics. In a change from previous years, we will be hosting the majority of workshops in a professional conference setting at the John McIntyre Conference Centre, at Pollock Halls, Edinburgh.

Please follow the guidance below and review the workshops available.

We look forward to welcoming you in June!

Who can attend Summer School?

All social science PhD students who are studying at one of our partner institutions are eligible to attend the SGSSS Summer School. Places are available on a first-come first-served basis. You can find the list of our partner institutions here. If you do not attend one of our partner institutions, please contact for further information.


Where will Summer School 2019 be held?

Summer School is hosted in June each year at The University of Edinburgh. For 2019, the SGSSS has decided to hold the Summer School in a professional conference setting and the majority of workshops will be taking place in the John McIntyre Conference Centre (JMCC), located at the Pollock Halls.


What is Summer School like?

Summer School is a 3-day event spanning academic workshops, opportunities for networking, creating a focus on well-being and enjoying social events with peers. It presents a fantastic opportunity to meet with other students and build on those connections.  


Is attendance at Summer School compulsory?

Attendance at Summer School is not yet compulsory however; it has proven hugely valuable in delivering niche, advanced training workshops and for bringing different cohorts of students together. This is the annual ‘jewel in the crown’ event for all social science PhD students in Scotland.


Do I have to attend all 3 days?

While it would be advisable to attend all 3 days to benefit from the extensive range of workshops available, students will be able to select single day ticket options.   


Will accommodation be available?

Yes, single en-suite rooms have been reserved for students at Holland House (located near the JMCC within Pollock Halls). Rooms are reserved on a first come-first served basis.


Am I eligible for accommodation?

If your home institution is 30+ miles from the JMCC, you will be entitled to register for accommodation.


Can I park at Pollock Halls?

Residents at Pollock Halls should not bring cars with them. Due to limited space at Pollock, the only parking places available are for those who are registered disabled – those with “blue-badge” status. If you have any queries, please contact


What will be the evening entertainment?

On the first early evening of Summer School (Tuesday 11th), there will be a welcome drinks reception in the JMCC bar. The bar is for the exclusive use of Summer School students and attendees are encouraged to come along, relax after the first day of workshops and have fun mingling!


If you would like to try something a bit different, the SGSSS Associate Director of Student Experience, Emmanuelle Tulle, will be leading an early evening walk up Arthur’s Seat (right next door to the JMCC). Please note, Emmanuelle is not a licenced walking guide and students who wish to take part do so at their own risk.

On Wednesday 12th June, there will be a pub quiz and food/drinks at the stylish Salisbury Arms (a few minutes’ walk from the JMCC). The pub quiz is always a great time, (as well as a little competitive!) Prizes will be up for grabs so make sure to be there from 6pm.


Will I receive a certificate of attendance?

Due to the number of students attending a wide range of workshops, it will not be possible to provide attendance certificates for individuals.


Can I claim travel expenses?

If your home institution is 30+ miles from the JMCC, you will be able to make a claim for reasonable travel expenses. Students are asked to use the most economical form of public transport.

Taxis will not be reimbursed unless there are exceptional circumstances. If a taxi is required, please contact prior to travelling so approval can be provided. *It may not be possible to reimburse taxi fares if no prior agreement was sought with SGSSS*


All claims must be made through GradHub. Please retain receipts for proof of purchase.

All claims must be submitted no later than 2 weeks after the end of Summer School. Claims received after this may not be possible to reimburse.


When will I receive pre-arrival information for Summer School?

Students will receive a pre-arrival information pack the week before Summer School. This will include details on accommodation, local transport and the surrounding areas.

How to register

Sign up to GradHub

To book in to any of our Summer School events you will require a GradHub account. Please be aware that GradHub accounts require manual approval which can only happen during office hours (Monday to Friday, 9-5). To avoid any delay please ensure this is the first thing you do. If you already have a GradHub account login here.

Check workshop availability

Summer School workshops are filled on a first come first served basis. Please use the schedule below to make sure the workshop you want to attend still has available space before purchasing a ticket, and complete your registration and booking timeously to avoid missing out on a place.

Purchase a ticket

The SGSSS Summer School is a paid event. To attend you must purchase a ticket. We currently offer individual day tickets as well as a 3-day ticket that gives you access to all workshops across the Summer School. Purchase of tickets require registration through the University of Edinburgh ePay system.

Tuesday Only

One day ticket
£ 35
  • Book in to a Morning and Afternoon workshop on Tuesday only

Wednesday Only

One day ticket
£ 35
  • Book in to a Morning and Afternoon workshop on Wednesday only

Thursday Only

One day ticket
£ 35
  • Book in to a Morning and Afternoon workshop on Thursday only

All 3 Days

Special Early Bird Offer
£ 85
  • Book in to any workshop across all 3 days of the Summer School

Register your ticket with GradHub

Once you’ve purchased your ticket, you can now register it with GradHub to enable you to start booking into your workshops. Here we will also ask about any special requirements you have, including any travel expenses you may have and if you require accommodation. 

Book your workshops

Now is the fun part. Once you’ve registered your ticket come back to this page and use the programme below to go directly to each event. Click Book In on your chosen event to reserve your space. Once again, please remember these are first come first served! Book in quick to avoid disappointment.

Tuesday AM

Tuesday PM

Wednesday AM

Wednesday PM

Thursday AM

Thursday PM