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April 2015
WISERD E-Newsletter
WISERD Annual Conference:
Early-bird bookings now open

30 June - 2 July 2015, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Early-bird delegate bookings for the WISERD Annual Conference 2015 are now open!

You can register for the annual conference here.

Please feel free to download this poster to display in your office. 

About the Conference
The sixth annual WISERD Conference will take place from 30th June to 2nd July 2015 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, attracting colleagues from academic, policy, public, private and third sectors.
The 2015 conference is the sixth annual WISERD conference, and follows on from five successful conferences, held in Cardiff, Swansea, Bangor, South Wales and Aberystwyth Universities.

WISERD conferences attract colleagues from across the academic, policy, public, private, and third sectors in Wales; and have become established as one of the most important events in the social science calendar.

This year’s conference includes a range of workshops, presentations and exhibition sessions focused on the following key themes:
  • Education
  • Social Care, Health & Wellbeing
  • Civil Society
  • Inequalities
  • Data & Methods
  • Devolution
  • Language
We are delighted to be able to confirm that Karl Wilding, Director of Public Policy at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and writer and political economist Will Hutton have agreed to deliver two of our keynote addresses at the 2015 event.

ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre & Learned Society for Wales – Student Poster Competition
As in previous years, currently-registered PhD students attending the conference are invited to submit a poster. Posters will be displayed throughout the event so that all conference delegates can view them; and will be made available via the WISERD and Wales DTC websites following the conference*. The Learned Society for Wales is sponsoring a cash prize of £200 for best poster, and this will be awarded during the conference.
*with the permission of the author

ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre– "3MEI" - Three-minute engagement/impact session and prize
This session adapts the well-known 'Three minute thesis' format. Currently-registered PhD students are invited to attend a specific session in the programme in which they can present (using one projected slide and in strictly no more than three minutes) an account of challenges and/or achievements in their research with respect to engagement and/or impact. The ESRC Wales DTC is sponsoring a prize for best '3MEI' in the form of a selection of recent books from two leading social science publishers, up to the value of £150. This will be awarded during the conference.

WISERD/WCVA Collaborative Paper Competition
WISERD and the WCVA are delighted to announce a competition for the best paper developed in collaboration between a member of university staff or student, and a civil society organisation. Papers on all themes are welcome, and we particularly welcome papers with a focus on co-production and collaborative research. The winner will be announced at the WISERD 2015 Conference, and will receive a prize of £300. To enter, simply submit your paper proposal as normal, describing the nature of the collaboration in the summary section.

Please visit our webpage for further information, and keep an eye on our Twitter feed for updates.


ADRC-W Official Launch

On Monday 23rd March, 2015,  Jane Hutt AM, Minister for Finance and Government Business, officially launched the Administrative Data Research Centre Wales at an event at Swansea University.

The launch was attended by a wide audience including representatives from academia, the community and voluntary sector and government officials. Speakers at the event included Professor David Ford, Director of the Administrative Data Research Centre Wales, Dr Fiona Armstrong, Deputy Director Policy, Resources and Communications, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and researchers who outlined their previous work using linked data and the opportunities for rich and insightful outcomes that can be attained by linking data.

The Administrative Data Research Centre Wales, led by Swansea University’s College of Medicine in partnership with the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) at Cardiff University, is one four centres forming the Administrative Data Research Network – a UK wide Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded data infrastructure that will facilitate access to de-identified administrative data to support economic and social research that has the potential to benefit society.

The Administrative Data Research Centre Wales will work with accredited researchers to facilitate access to, and linking of de-identified data on themes such as education, health and social mobility data as well as many other long standing records from different government departments.

The aim of the Centres is to facilitate research using de-identified linked administrative data in a safe, secure and lawful manner that at all times protects individual privacy, resulting in research that can provide a sound evidence base for policy makers to decide how best to tackle a range of complex social, economic, environmental and health issues.

The Administrative Data Research Network consists of four Administrative Data Research Centres, one in each country in the UK and the Administrative Data Service, which coordinates the Network. The Administrative Data Research Network is a £34 million investment by the ESRC and is the first phase of a series of ESRC investments in Big Data.

WISERD Civil Society Seminars 

The 2015 seminars reflect the rich diversity of projects comprising WISERD Civil Society programme. Drawing on a range of qualitative and quantitative data analysis techniques and engaging with a varied aspects of social theory they encompass: perceptions and attitudes to Street Pastors in relation to formal policing and community safety; the social processes underpinning the relationships between mass higher education and the structuring of the local social relations of civil society; civil society and differences in human rights discourses across the constituent parts of the UK; third sector organisations and public policy-making in a devolved Wales; civil society, generativity and the third age; and analysis of how changes around devolution have provided opportunities for trade unions to influence governmental decision making. The seminars are aimed at all with an interest in the key issues and policy challenges facing civil society in the twenty-first century.

1st Seminar: Cardiff Street Pastors: A Case Study.
29 April 2015,  5.30pm – 6.30 pm, Main Building, Council Chamber, Cardiff.   

2nd Seminar: Universities and the Structuring of Civil Society: The Transition from Elite to Mass Higher Education
14 May 2015, 5.30pm – 6.30pm, Main Building, Council Chamber, Cardiff   

3rd Seminar: Civil society and Human Rights across the United Kingdom 
3 June 2015, 1:00pm – 2.30 pm, Seminar Room, Neuadd Ogwen, Bangor 

4th Seminar: Third Sector Organisations and Public Policy-making in a Devolved Wales
9 July 2015,5.30pm – 6.30 pm, Main Building, Council Chamber, Cardiff 

5th Seminar: Civil Society, Generativity and the Third Age
7 October 2015, 2 - 4pm, G306B, Jean McFarlane Building, University of Manchester 

6th Seminar: Campaigning unions, Devolved government: reflections on state, unions and civil society 
12 November 2015, 4pm - 7pm, Jean McFarlane Building, University of Manchester 

More information
WISERD Research Development Funding Scheme 2014/15

WISERD has allocated £20k of funding to support activities which lead to the development and submission of research grant funding proposals for external funders. Researchers can apply for funding of up to £3k per project.

Applications on any topic are welcomed but we are keen to receive proposals which relate to one or more of WISERD’s research themes. 
Examples of activities eligible for funding include:
  • Organisation of, or attendance at, research grant bid development focused events (i.e. meetings focused on particular funding opportunities; research grant bid development workshops)
  • Initial pilot studies in preparation for a larger funding proposal
  • Recruitment of PhD students to carry out literature reviews and other preparatory work for funding proposals

Application Process
The deadline for applications is 31 May 2015, with all monies to be spent by 31 July 2015. The first step in applying for funding is to approach a member of the WISERD academic team to request they act as a sponsor for the application. Following agreement, please fill in the proforma and send to the WISERD Hub via email ( The hub team will check the proforma and approach the sponsor for comment before forwarding the completed proforma to the WISERD Executive Team for approval. 
Opportunities at WISERD


PhD Studentship: Small Town Global Engagement, 1860-1960
Closes 30th April 2015

Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD studentship on ‘Small Town Global Engagement, 1860-1960’ in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University, supervised by Professor Michael Woods and Dr Jesse Heley.
Follow this link for more information. 

PhD Studentship: Local Forms of Civil Society in Societies in Transition
Closes 29th May 2015
Applications are being sought for a full-time PhD Studentship to be based in the School of Social Sciences at Bangor University, beginning in October 2015. The project title for this studentship is: Local Forms of Civil Society in Societies in Transition. 
Follow this link for more information. 


WLGA Annual Conference 2015
18 June at Brangwyn Hall, Swansea

Come and visit us at our stand at the WLGA Annual Conference in June. We are delighted to be sharing the stand with our colleagues from the ADRC-W.

The WLGA’s annual conference will bring together senior figures from across Wales and the UK to explore themes such as social care, equality and social justice, education, change management, the Welsh Government white paper, environment and regeneration. 

The event attracts in excess of 300 delegates from councils and other public and private sector organisations.

Further information about the WLGA can be found here
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