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October 2015
WISERD E-Newsletter
WISERD Annual Conference 2016
13th & 14th July 2016, Bay Campus, Swansea University

Planning is in full swing for the 7th Annual WISERD Conference, which is scheduled to take place on the 13th and 14th July 2016, at Swansea University. 

Here are some key dates for your diary:
Call for Papers Open: 9th November 2015
Abstract Submission Deadline: 8th January 2016
Author Notification: 29th January 2016
General Bookings Open: 1st March 2016
Conference: 13th & 14th July 2016 
Please note that these dates might change. For further information, please contact: or call 029 2087 0983
Several of the presentations given at the WISERD Annual Conference 2015 are now available to view on the WISERD website. 

To view these please visit our conference events page here

Understanding Wales Seminar Series

Forthcoming events in this series which is organised by the Institute of Welsh Politics and WISERD. 

From Toleration to Multiculturalism: 
Revisiting Ethnic Diversity in a Devolved Wales 
with Professor Paul O’ Leary, 
Friday, 6 November, 12.30pm, Main Hall, Department of International Politics, Department of History and Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Defnyddio’r Gymraeg yn y Gymuned: Astudiaeth Ymchwil (The Use of Welsh in the Community) with Dr Rhian Hodges and Dr Cynog Prys, 
Thursday, 19 November, at 12.00 pm 
Senior Common Room, Neuadd Pantycelyn, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol and Bangor University 

All are welcome.
WISERD Lunchtime Seminars

The WISERD #LunchtimeSeminars take place weekly at Cardiff University from 12pm - 1pm. All are welcome. Feel free to bring your lunch. 

If you plan on attending please contact WISERD on
3rd Nov, 46 Park Place          
‘Elite HE’ graduates and civil society: An exploration of civil society participation amongst graduates at age 50 - Ceryn Evans

10th Nov, 10 Museum Place  
Patterns of participation of the elderly in the Netherlands and UK: A typological approach using Latent Class Analysis - Martijn Hogerbrugge
17th Nov, 46 Park Place         
Politics, devolution and the voters of tomorrow: Attitudes to politics among to 16 to 17 year olds in Wales and England - Sioned Pearce
1st Dec, 46 Park Place           
Welsh Government higher education policy and entry to 'elite' universities - Gareth Rees

Latest Blogs 

Visualising Communities: Refocusing Perceptions of the Welsh Valleys

Has The Disability Employment Gap Really Declined?

Flexible Pre-School Education Pilots – Separating the Impactful from the Impractical

‘People, Places and Policy: Knowing Contemporary Wales Through New Localities’ – A New WISERD Book Published

If you'd like to contribute to the WISERD blog, please contact Natalie on
Making the Case for the Social Sciences in Wales
25th November 2015, Cardiff Bay

WISERD are proud to annouce the Wales launch of our latest co-publication “Making the Case for the Social Sciences: Wales”.

The document is the tenth in a series of publications that form part of the Academy of Social Sciences' campaign for social science and focuses on Welsh social science research. Amongst the topics covered in the publication are:  Public Opinion and Welsh Devolution; preventing teenagers taking up smoking; enhancing the capacity to act and democratic accountability of parish, town and community councils and human rights of children and young people in Wales. It has been prepared in collaboration with the leading welsh social science research centres: Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) and the Research Institute for Applied Social Sciences (RIASS).

The event will commence with welcome address from Mark Drakeford AM, Minister for Health and Social Services, and a video introduction from Jane Hutt, Finance Minister at the National Assembly for Wales. This will by followed by three short presentations from contributors to the publication, as well as a questions and discussion from the floor.

This is a closed event, but you can follow all the live action by following the Twitter hashtag #MTCWales.

The booklet is available to download here (link is at the foot of the page). 
WISERD Civil Society Seminars 

These seminars reflect the rich diversity of projects comprising WISERD Civil Society programme. They draw on a range of qualitative and quantitative data analysis techniques and engage with a varied aspects of social theory they encompass. The seminars are aimed at all with an interest in the key issues and policy challenges facing civil society in the twenty-first century.

A Rite of Passage? National Citizen Service and the Geographies of Youth Citizenship
November 5th 2015, 5pm - 6pm, Llandinam room L1, Aberystwyth University

Campaigning Unions, Devolved Government: Reflections on State, Unions and Civil Society 
12th November 2015, 5.30pm - 6.30pm, Main Building, Council Chamber, Cardiff

Religious Continuity and Discontinuity in Three-Generation Families: Are Grandparents Important Agents of Transmission?
18th February 2016, 5.30pm - 6.30pm, Main Building, Council Chamber, Cardiff

More information

Webinar: Introduction to the Millennium Cohort Study
Wednesday 18th November 2015, 2pm - 4pm, UCL Institute of Education

This webinar introduces the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) to both first-time and more experienced data users, with a focus on the age 11 and age 14 surveys. 
The Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) is a multi-disciplinary research project following the lives of around 19,000 children born in the UK in 2000-01. It is the most recent of Britain’s world-renowned national longitudinal birth cohort studies.

The study has been tracking the Millennium children through their early childhood years and plans to follow them into adulthood. It collects information on the children’s siblings and parents as well. MCS’s field of enquiry covers such diverse topics as parenting; childcare; school choice; child behaviour and cognitive development; child and parental health; parents’ employment and education; income and poverty; housing, neighbourhood and residential mobility; and social capital and ethnicity.
The session will give attendees the opportunity to hear from those with years of experience using this study, and the chance to ask them questions about the data.

Presentations will include:
  • Introduction to MCS and accessing the data
  • Survey content including Sweeps 5 and 6
  • Survey design and weights
  • Q&A
Accessing the webinar
You may register for this event here. Registered delegates will receive detailed joining instructions closer to the date on how to join the webinar session.

You can find out more about how to use webinar software on the Blackboard Collaborate website.

Please contact Ryan Bradshaw, Communications Officer, for further information

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