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Welcome from the ESRC DTC student reps

Hello from your ESRC DTC student representatives!

We're really looking forward to meeting many of you in the coming months! Our role is to help communicate between students, staff and management, to represent your views, and to have a hand in organising many of the great events coming up this academic year. We want to ensure that the DTC is doing as much as possible to meet your expectations, and to take on any ideas for what you'd like the DTC to do for you.

As a community, we offer unique opportunities to connect and engage with social science students across a range of departments and disciplines within the university. Whether it be for an academic, professional, or just a social purpose, the DTC has a lot to offer beyond what may be provided by your college and department. We're really keen to keep building these connections, so look out for many of the events coming up shortly. We are a fairly new student community too, which means we are always looking for ways to add to what the DTC does.

There are lots of these events to look forward to focusing on research methods, career and professional development, policy and interdisciplinary collaboration, public engagement and many more. We are also excited to be preparing for our annual student conference to take place in April 2016 – you'll no doubt be hearing more about this soon. There will also be plenty of social events taking place across the year where you can meet face-to-face with some of your DTC colleagues.

We also have the DTC website, which provides a good forum for the exchange of ideas, getting to know each other and staying informed with what is going on. It has been set up as a one stop shop for DTC students, with events listed so you can keep up-to-date with what is going on, and lots of useful information about what's available to you as a DTC student.

Finally, the DTC management committee meets once every term and is always keen to hear the views and opinions of students. Please don't hesitate to get in contact with us if you have any ideas, suggestions or concerns – we'll be sure to address them for you.

Good luck to everyone with their research and enjoy your time at Cambridge!


Sam Strong, PhD candidate at the Department of Geography

Sarah Foley, PhD candidate at the Department of Psychology