Breakfast Briefing Event – Putting PhD Power into your Business

Join us for talks from businesses that have worked closely with social science doctoral researchers to increase productivity, realize strategic goals, and build support the development of talent and skill in Wales.  The ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership trains social scientists, as one of 14 prestigious research networks across the UK. Collaboration with partners in the private, public and third sectors is central to our mission.  Non-academic organisations, no matter how big or small, can have a genuine stake in a social science research project and a role in producing the next generation of leading social scientists.

In this session you will hear from Dr Charlotte Beale, Head of Economics for Dŵr Cymru, Dr Michael Evans, Rail Projects Officer for Transport for Wales, and Professor David Egan, Welsh Government, on how their organisations have worked closely with social science researchers.  You will hear how supporting a collaborative studentship or hosting a work placement can add value, whilst giving a PhD student the opportunity to gain critical knowledge and skills for work in industry.  Professor John Harrington, Director of the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership, will advise on how to set up an arrangement which directly benefits your organisation.  The session includes the opportunity for you to put forward any questions you might have on collaboration to a panel of supervisors, doctoral students and businesses.

Join us on Wednesday 20th October 2021 for what promises to be an enlightening and informative session.  To register for this briefing, which will be held on Zoom, follow this link Breakfast Briefing – Putting PhD Power into your Business Tickets, Wed 20 Oct 2021 at 08:30 | Eventbrite

Rebecca Windemer: My top 5 tips for designing and undertaking an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship

The post PhD job market is challenging and completely demoralising. By the time I finished my PhD I had lost confidence in myself and my research. I had spent the past few months applying for a large number of postdoc jobs, sometimes getting to interview but never getting the job. As a result, I nearly didn’t apply for the ESRC postdoctoral fellowship. I knew I wanted to do more with my PhD and share my findings, but I felt that I had no chance of success. It was only thanks to encouraging feedback on my thesis from colleagues that I finally decided to apply. Continue reading

Aimee Morse’s Wales Centre for Public Policy Internship

From January to April 2021, DTP student Aimee Morse (Environmental Planning, University of Gloucestershire) undertook an internship with the Wales Centre for Public Policy, working on a project entitled ‘Collaboration and policy implementation at the local level in Wales: a case-study evaluation of a farmer group in North Wales’.  Here are Aimee’s reflections on the experience. Continue reading

Conor John’s Brecon Beacons National Park Authority Internship

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In 2020, DTP student Conor John (Psychology, Cardiff University) completed an internship with the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority (BBNPA).  Conor worked with his hosts to find ways to undertake the internship whilst adhering to COVID restrictions.  He found the internship experience beneficial.  “I have no intention on staying in academia and this internship has shown me how much more impact can be had outside of academia, as well as the potential for better job security and financial stability”.  Here are Conor’s reflections on the experience.

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Welsh Government Internship Opportunities

12:00 AM, Monday 6 September 2021

The Welsh Government have extended the closing date for four of their internship projects to Monday 6th September 2021.These are open to any ESRC Wales DTP funded student (except those within 3 months of the start or end of their studentship).  It is anticipated that the internships will be conducted remotely, for a period of 3 months full-time or the part-time equivalent.  Successful applicants will get an extension of 3 months to their PhD (equivalent to the duration of the internship).

These internships will offer opportunities to create impact by contributing to the work of government, the chance to build relationships outside of academia, as well the ability to develop research skills in a policy environment.

Full project descriptions are available in the attached documents.

Building Education Research Capacity in Wales (x3 placements available)

Citizens’ Panel Scoping

Scoping Project on Research on Residents’ Attitudes to Tourism

Using the Understanding Society Study to Explore the Home Learning Environment During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Evidence review to support Talk With Me: Speech, Language and Communication (SLC) Delivery Plan

Renewal and Reform of Education in Wales: Evidence synthesis and review (x 2 placements available)

Please submit your completed application form to by midday on the day of the deadline.

Open consultation on the ESRC’s review of the PhD

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The ESRC has launched an open consultation to inform its review of the PhD in the Social Sciences. They seek views on current doctoral study from within and outside of the social sciences from all members of the research community, learned societies, government, business, third-sector organisations and others who have an interest in the future skills needed by social science PhD students. The findings of this review will directly inform the ESRC’s strategy for doctoral training and for recommissioning its Doctoral Training Partnerships in 2022/23. The consultation is open until 16 September 2020.