Skip to main content

Vacation Schools

This programme supports the delivery of research-orientated residential workshops geared toward early career (PhD and/or recent postdoctoral) researchers. The training should be focused on specific research questions, methodologies and/or themes, ranging beyond a single discipline or department. Vacation Schools can host Warwick-based PhD students and postdoctoral fellows as well as early career researchers drawn from a wider national or international pool and in all cases should be designed to enable attendees to gain new understanding of emerging fields of scholarly analysis in dialogue with a team of more senior researchers - including both Warwick staff and external academics and experts. There is an annual call for the Vacation School Scheme. Further details and guidance are found in the Funding Guidelines document.

"The Summer School had a huge resonance among the [...] affiliates." - Vacation School from 2014-2015
Selected recently awarded Vacation Schools:
  • Behavioural Science | Dr Daniel Sgroi, Dr Eugenio Proto (Department of Economics) & Dr Ganna Pogrebna (Warwick manufacturing Group) awarded £10,000
    The Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy in collaboration with the Institute of Advanced Study and Warwick Manufacturing Group held an exclusive 3-day Behavioural Science Summer School, attached to the Foundation of Utility and Risk Conference. Apart from many exiting talks, the event featured a Nudgeathon™ event where Early Career Researchers worked on a real-world behavioural change intervention. The winning group (Quiz Takeover) received a monetary prize of £500 and received an opportunity to implement their proposed solution in practice in collaboration with HATDeX – a company which tries to educate individuals about the value of their personal data. As a result of the school, 36 Early Career Researchers received valuable knowledge in behavioural science and the opportunity to use this knowledge in practice. The Nudgeathon™ event produced a problem brief and 4 possible solutions. One of these solutions was selected by a professional panel to be implemented in practice in collaboration with a real-world company. Therefore, the School will continue generating impact even after its completion.
  • Principles and Practice of Data Analysis for Reproducible Research in R | David Firth (Department od Statistics) & Tak Wing Chan (Department of Sociology) awarded £8725
    The R software ecosystem is currently the most widely used platform for advanced, data-analytic research across all disciplines. R was originally developed by statisticians but is now influential across all of science, social science and the humanities, with many user-contributed R packages having been published for field-specific types of data and analysis. This intensive course brought together Early Career Researchers (including PhD students) from across Warwick who wish to learn about key principles of modern Data Science, and details of their application in R.