Career Orientated Training

Research Ventures in Social Science

Tue 19 Mar, 9:00 AM to Wed 20 Mar, 5:00 PM

Research Ventures is designed to inspire Social Science PhD students and early career researchers on entrepreneurial opportunity, learn the key tools and steps to build a successful start-up and find out more about business processes, resources and structures.

The programme will be highly participative and delivered using a range of seminars, case studies and practical activities adapted to reflect the business start-up environment for social science researchers. The programme includes a range of different speakers from the start-up ecosystem, explaining their journey and the support and resources available. There will be idea generation sessions to consider specific problems that social science researchers are well placed to design and deliver business solutions for. The workshop will finish with actions identified by participants to follow up on their learning and challenges identified by the facilitation team to inspire and motivate future learning.

This event is free to attend and open to PhD students and ECRs from SGSSS partner institutions. A limited number of places are available, with attendance by application only.

A fully subsidised place, including travel and accommodation is available to participants from partnering institutions travelling from outside of Glasgow.

Apply through the application form by Monday February 18 2019. Applicants will be informed of their outcome by March 1. 

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.