Through its engagement function, NCRM currently chairs a number of networks. The objectives of convening networks are: 1) to act as a central platform and/or organiser of supportive and resilient networks; 2) to connect researchers both within and beyond academia, centred around training and research methods and 3) to identify joint activities and funding opportunities. Current networks are:

Data Resources Training Network

We provide a forum to support collaboration between ESRC-funded data services, coordinating and facilitating opportunities to add value to individual member activities, limiting duplication and sharing intelligence. In addition to NCRM, members of the DRTN include:

British Election Study (BES)
Business and Local Government Research Centre (BLG)
Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS)
Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC)
English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA)
European Social Survey (ESS)
Longitudinal Studies - Research Support Units
Northern Ireland Cohort for the Longitudinal Study of Ageing (NICOLA)
UK Data Service
Understanding Society
Urban Big Data Centre


DTP Training Network

ESRC-funded Doctoral Training Parternships (DTP) and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) work together on collaborative efforts to share resources and insight, and respond to the training needs of the postgraduate research community. Members of the DTP Training Network include:

Cambridge Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership
Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership
The London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership
LSE Doctoral Training Partnership
Midlands Graduate School Doctoral Training Partnership
Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership
North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership
Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership
The South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership
The South East Network for Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership
South West Doctoral Training Partnership
Wales Doctoral Training Partnership
White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership
Soc-B (Social-Biological) Centre for Doctoral Training
Data Analytics and Society Centre for Doctoral Training


Pedagogy Network

Following the success of Work Package 5 Pedagogy of Methodological Learning study, interest in research into the pedagogy of social research methods continues in the latest phase of NCRM. This is led by NCRM Co-Director Melanie Nind (Professor of Education, University of Southampton) who is keen to bring together researchers working in this area to optimise impact in the research methods education arena.