Career Orientated Training

Working with Business Training

As part of our strategy to boost businesses engagement in the Social Sciences, SGSSS has launching a new training programme around working with industry, business and the private sector.

This training will be of interest to social sciences PhD students who are interested in working in partnership with industry throughout their academic career, or who are seeking employment in the industrial sector following graduation.

The training works in three stages and students will be expected to attend all three events hosted in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen (travel and accommodation costs will be met by SGSSS).

Student-led Symposium

Now entering its 4th year, the SGSSS student reps, (alongside our Associate Director of Student Experience, Dr Emmanuelle Tulle), organise a vibrant and interactive 2-day event at one of our member institutions. Focusing on topical issues affecting PhD students and the ever-changing landscape of research-based careers – it offers a welcoming space to meet other PhD students, share any concerns and discuss issues as a group.

The most recent symposium was held at Glasgow Caledonian University on 10-11 May 2018. Topics included:

  • Ways out of academia
  • Gender-based violence
  • Sharing PhD Anxieties
  • Hearing diverse PhD voices
  • Me: Passport to happiness
  • Meet the SGSSS Directorate

The SGSSS-DTP provide funding for this event, which can include hosting a notable guest speaker. In 2018, Mark Carrigan, Digital Sociologist, University of Cambridge delivered a session on ‘Science as a Vocation in an Age of Social Media’.

This event presents the opportunity for students to develop their own programme, focused on the needs of their peers. It offers the chance to bring students together as a network of support and inspiration.


The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) runs a professional internship scheme for PhD students at Scotland’s universities in their second and third years of study. Currently offered by public sector organisations through two open calls each year, PhD internships enable organisations to access the talent of an early career social science researcher for a three-month period to deliver a specific piece of work whilst developing a range of transferable skills for our researchers.