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Creating sustainable communities through skills

Deadline for applications has passed. Information available for reference only.

Key Facts

Fee status

England, Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland

Level

Postgraduate (research)

Deadline

Deadline for applications has passed. Information available for reference only.

Number of awards

1

Value of awards

Annual maintenance grant at the RCUK rate, fees paid at Home rate, research support training grant of £750

Your country/region

Since the 1970s, the growing complexities of urban society have increasingly impacted on the labour market opportunities of young people and led to a deterioration in labour market prospects among young people located in ex-industrial communities in Scotland. This PhD project will examine the nature of skill associated with youth transitions, and how the skills and ambition of young people aged 16-25 can be advanced to match new industrial demands.

Background information

Since the 1970s, the growing complexities of urban society have increasingly impacted on the labour market opportunities of young people and led to a deterioration in labour market prospects among young people located in ex-industrial communities in Scotland.

This project will examine the nature of skill associated with youth transitions, and how the skills and ambition of young people aged 16-25 can be advanced to match new industrial demands. The PhD project will not only examine the barriers to advancement, but also look at the sustainability of skills for the future of communities. Fieldwork is centred in the Clackmannanshire region and aims to examine opportunities and barriers by interviewing industry representatives, policy makers, educational providers and young people in the region.

The scholarship is available as a +3 or a 1+3 programme depending on prior research training.  This will be assessed as part of the recruitment process. The programme will commence in September, 2020.  It includes:

  • an annual maintenance grant at the RCUK rate
  • fees at the standard Home rate
  • students can also draw on a pooled Research Training Support Grant, usually up to a maximum of £750 per year

Eligibility and availability

Applicants must meet the following essential criteria:

  • a good first degree (at least 2:1) with a substantial social science component
  • demonstrable interest in the field of work and employment
  • commitment and understanding of participatory research values and capacity to interact with a range of communities and professional bodies across Scotland

Desirable applicant characteristics:

  • a good Masters degree with a substantial research component

Students must meet ESRC eligibility criteria. Go to the ESRC website to see the eligibility information. 

How do I apply?

Applicants should register on GradHub and fill out Equal Opportunities data (this is a requirement of the application process).

Applicants should then complete and upload the prescribed list of required documentation to include:

  • Application form
  • Academic transcripts
  • References
  • CV
  • Any other additional questions as specified by the supervising team - this should be uploaded in a standalone document

Applicants then need to submit their application through GradHub.

Students must meet ESRC eligibility criteria. Go to the ESRC website to see the eligibility information.

Applications will be ranked by a selection panel and applicants will be notified if they have been shortlisted for interview by 27 March 2020. Interviews commence week beginning 20 April 2020.

All scholarship awards are subject to candidates successfully securing admission to a PhD programme within Stirling University Management School. Successful scholarship applicants will be invited to apply for admission after they are selected.

The award will be made as a 3+1 or a +3 and part time applicants are also eligible.

Contact us

Please contact either supervisor, Professor Abigail Marks or Dr Darren McGuire, for further information:

abigail.marks@stir.ac.uk

darren.mcguire@stir.ac.uk

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