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

Deadline: Friday 5 August 2022

The Wales DTP is pleased to offer three internship opportunities with the Welsh Government, working on specific projects covering a range of topics including Education and Net Zero.

The internships 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, commencing in Autumn 2022, for a period of 3-6 months (full-time or the part-time equivalent).  Successful applicants will get an extension 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 as the ability to develop research skills in a policy environment.

Full project descriptions are available in the attached documents:

Please submit your completed application form to by 12:00noon 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.