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A place for research meetings

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A place for research seminars and workshops

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A place for doctoral and post doctoral researchers and visitors

Research Centre for the Social Sciences


Welcome to the Research Centre for Social Sciences (ReCSS), the central home for the social sciences at the University of York.

On this website you will find details of our events and training, as well as links to our constituent departments and centres at the university.

ReCSS is the principal space for social research training and offers dedicated facilities for workshops, visiting scholars and conferences. We are also the home of the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre and provide high-quality accommodation for PhD students from across the campus in an interdisciplinary environment.

The social science community at York is widely recognised within the UK and internationally, and we welcome colleagues and students to visit the Centre, to participate in its many activities, and build on our ambition to provide a space in which our socially-relevant and exciting contributions can be broadcast to those outside the university.




White Rose DTC Fourth Annual Spring Conference 2015

The White Rose Doctoral Training Centre invites all Social Sciences PhD student researchers to join us at the fourth Annual Spring Conference. We have put together an engaging and lively programme of sessions all related to getting your research published.


Patterning Pattern/ Figuring the Decorative

The Department of History of Art present this extraordinary event involving art historians, mathematicians, chemists, and digital theorists to think across disciplinary boundaries about Pattern and Decoration.


Roundtable on the British General Elections

A roundtable discussion on the British General Elections


IAA February 2015 Newsletter

Thursday 2 April 2015

Welcome to the IAA February 2015 Newsletter

IAA March 2015 Newsletter

Thursday 2 April 2015

Welcome to the IAA March 2015 Newsletter

Britain's Social Mobility Problem - Dr Lee Elliot Major

Friday 20 March 2015

Sutton Trust Chief Executive Dr Lee Elliot Major explored how low social mobility and lack of educational opportunity affect talented children from poorer backgrounds, in a public lecture hosted by the Department and RCSS.

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The White Rose Doctoral Training Centre awards a minimum of 48 PhD studentships a year for home and EU doctoral students. Applications are now open for an October 2015 start.  More information can be found here:


ReCSS PhD Weekly Coffee Mornings

Weekly Coffee mornings are held in the first floor student Social Space at ReCSS every Thursday at 11.00am.  All Social Sciences PhD students are welcome to come along for tea, coffee and biscuits.