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The Alcohol Research Grapevine is a new information hub for everyone with an interest in alcohol-related research. It updates users on new research findings, as well as allowing them to see what is going on ‘below the radar’ in terms of new and ongoing projects. It provides a quick and easy way to see what research is taking place, which topics need more research, and where opportunities for collaboration exist.

New and ongoing projects in the alcohol research field
Users can sign up for alerts on topics of interest, browse the site to see what projects are underway, or post details of current research to their profile.

Research profiles
By setting up individual profiles, users can publicise their outputs and publications, identify their specialist research interests and highlight opportunities for future collaboration.

Datasets and research material
The dataset directory will allow researchers to advertise data they hold that is available for further secondary analysis. This will help maximize the findings from existing datasets, and create more collaborative opportunities.

The Alcohol Research Grapevine is open to all, and users are encouraged to upload research updates regularly. By providing a sharing space for alcohol researchers in all disciplines, it aims to foster new thinking, new research and new developments in this important and expanding field.

***CALLING ALL PHD STUDENTS***

The Home Office is looking for PhD students to present their findings, see below from them:

Opportunity to Present Research Findings at the Home Office.

Background

Home Office Analysis and Insight is a directorate within the Home Office employing more than 250 analysts, including social and operational researchers, economists, statisticians and data scientists. Their role is to provide the best possible evidence to underpin policy-making, working in high profile areas such as crime and policing, counter-terrorism, extremism, borders and migration.

We engage closely with the academic community and are keen to keep up with the latest research findings, therefore we’d like to invite doctoral students working in relevant areas to present their research to us. This opportunity would most likely benefit students in the later stages of their PhD, who have collected their data and are in the process of analysis or writing up. The seminars would last around an hour, with 40 minutes for a presentation by the student and 20 minutes for questions and discussion. They can be arranged at a time convenient for the student in our offices in Central London or Croydon later this year.

Objectives

1.    To inform Home Office policy makers of research which may support innovative policy making in their respective policy areas.

2.    To establish relationships between the department and researchers in criminology, crime prevention, migration, and or terrorism developing researchers’ understanding of how their research can be of most use to policy makers.

Benefits to students

This would be a good opportunity for doctoral students to help shape their research to be of use to policymakers and impact critical decision making which ultimately benefits the public and gain experience of presenting research to a policy-focused audience. It could also provide useful networking opportunities for their future careers. We can pay reasonable travel expenses (a basic return train fare/mileage and arrange refreshments as required. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate overnight stay and other expenses).

Students should submit expressions of interest to Victoria Smith (victoriajane.smith5@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk) who is also happy to answer any questions relating to this opportunity. Expressions of interest should include the title of the research and an abstract of no more than 250 words. This does not have to be the final abstract for the presentation, but should include a brief description of the research area and questions, its methodology and any findings to date. You should also indicate your year of study.

We aim to provide a supportive environment for students to present work in progress, so the PhD does not have to be completed in order to present. Presenters should be currently enrolled in or have recently completed a doctoral programme, either full or part-time, and can be funded from any source. Please feel free to circulate this email to your networks.

The deadline for expressions of interest is Monday 26th February 2018 and we aim to provide brief feedback to all interested students by Monday 19th March 2018.