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MGS ESRC DTP Collaborative Studentship opportunity - Living Wage Foundation

'Understanding employer delivery of good work in the UK ESRC DTP Collaborative Studentship'

The University of Warwick and the Living Wage Foundation

The University of Warwick, as part of Midlands Graduate School, is inviting applications for an ESRC Doctoral Studentship in association with our collaborative partner, the Living Wage Foundation. The studentship will start in October 2019.

Currently 5.5m UK workers are paid less than the real living wage. There are 1.8m zero-hours contracts and 3.2m people have working-hours insecurity. These problems are concentrated in three industries – wholesale and retail; accommodation and food services; and health and social work. This research wants to help address these problems by examining the factors which influence the provision of good work by firms in these industries and the business lessons these firms can offer to other firms in these industries. The research will have a distinct policy focus.

The research design will be mixed-method, using and generating quantitative and qualitative data. While the student will be engaged in research on promoting good work in low wage industries, he/she will also align this research with the work of the Living Wage Foundation, and will spend monthly placements with the Foundation.1 He/she will convert research from the project into user-friendly reports and briefing papers on specific low pay industries and international debates around the promotion of good work. The main supervisor will be Professor Chris Warhurst and the Living Wage Foundation liaison will be John Hood.

Application deadline: Monday 11th March, at 5pm

Interviews for shortlisted applicants will be held on Monday 25 March

Informal enquiries about the research or the Institute for Employment Research (University of Warwick) prior to application can be directed to Professor Chris Warhurst:

Full details including information on how to apply and the eligibility requirements can be located on the Midlands Graduate School website:

Wed 27 Feb 2019, 14:19 | Tags: studentship, collaborative

Congratulations! - ESRC DTC student Duncan Lees quoted in the Financial Times

Duncan was recently quoted in a Financial Times article "The Bard in Beijing: how Shakespeare is subverting China" in relation to his research on Shakespeare in Chinese education.

For those who hold a subscription to Financial Time, the article can be viewed here.

Mon 15 Oct 2018, 16:00 | Tags: Social Sciences, Students publications

Venture Into Business Engagement (VIBE) - Programme Applications Open

A new learning and development opportunity is now available to help researchers respond to the changing landscape of research-funding that increasingly includes collaborating with business and solve some of societies biggest issues. The ESRC-funded VIBE (Venture Into Business Engagement) programme has been developed especially for Social Scientists and aims to equip researchers with skills and support to explore partnerships with business to realise social impact from their research.

Training, funding and mentoring are elements of the programme, which will run across 4 different sessions during the 2018-19 Autumn Term at the University of Warwick. We welcome applications to the programme from ESRC-funded students, both within Warwick and from across the Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP.

If you are interested to learn more about the programme, there is an information session on Tuesday 9th October, 12pm S2.77, Cowling Room. Please register here if you wish to attend the information session.

The final closing date for applications is Tuesday 16th October.

Further details including how to apply can be found at:

Thu 27 Sep 2018, 11:31 | Tags: Student skills, ESRC event

UK Research and Innovation Policy Internships Scheme

We are pleased to announce that the latest call for UK Research and Innovation Policy Internships Scheme is now live.

The internship scheme provides the opportunity for PhD students funded by the research councils of UK Research and Innovation to work for three months in one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations. The student will be expected to produce at least one briefing paper, participate in a policy inquiry and/or organise a policy event, or equivalent piece of work.

Internships are available with a number of parliamentary departments, government departments and non-governmental bodies, learned societies and other organisations.

The 27 Hosting Partners for the 2018/19 competition round are listed on the UKRI website page along with further information on the scheme, documentation and guidance for applicants.

The UKRI Policy Internships Scheme is being coordinated by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) on behalf of all Research Councils. Questions about the internship should be addressed to the NERC Research Careers Team:

Please note the call closing date is 13 August 2018.

Tue 17 Jul 2018, 16:21 | Tags: Social Sciences

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