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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.




ESRC IAA Training Course: Writing for lay audiences and the media - December 2015

This course will help you increase the impact of your research beyond academia by harnessing the power of the media. You’ll learn how to use accessible and engaging language to describe your research, find out how to identify key target audiences for research outcomes and how to tailor your writing to reach those audiences.


York ESRC IAA Funding Awarded

Friday 11 September 2015

The York ESRC IAA has funded a set of new projects under its General Call for Funding.

British Medical Association recognitiion for "Coma" Researcher

Friday 11 September 2015

A University of York academic whose work has helped families of severely brain injured patients has won a major award from the British Medical Association (BMA).

ReCSS Visiting Fellow Dr Marcia Johnson

Wednesday 2 September 2015

ReCSS is delighted to welcome Visiting Fellow Dr Marcia Johnson, who is visiting ReCSS until 11 September 2015.

Research Centre

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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.