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ESRC PhD Studentships 2019 now opengraduate hats

Under the Midlands Graduate School DTP, ESRC-funded studentships are now available for outstanding home/EU PhD applicants. Eligible applicants to the IER MPhil/PhD in Employment Research are invited to apply for one of these scholarships within the Warwick Management and Business pathway of the DTP. If you are considering applying for the MPhil/PhD in Employment Research programme and also wish to apply for an ESRC Studentship please read our further information and details about how to apply carefully here and email any questions to

Application deadline is Tuesday 22nd January 2019 (23:59 GMT).

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job quality picMeasuring Good Work report launched

Following the 2017 Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices’ recommendation that the UK Government should develop new measures of job quality for the UK, a Working Group was established by the RSA and Carnegie UK Trust, and included IER Director Chris Warhurst. The Group has now reported, launching its Measuring Good Work report. The report recommends that seven dimensions of job quality should be monitored annually by the government. These dimensions include pay and benefits, voice and representation, work-life balance and job security. A formal response form the UK Government is expected later this autumn.

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New research highlights challenges veterans face in becoming self-employed

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A new report, ‘Self-employment and the Armed Forces Community’, has revealed the barriers ex-Service personnel face in becoming self-employed after leaving the Armed Forces and calls for broader support from the MOD to help Service personnel transitioning out of the Forces and into self-employment. Research conducted by the IER, supported by defence technology company QinetiQ and X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) and funded by Forces in Mind Trust, was carried out to understand what more could be done to support ex-Service personnel to successfully move into self-employment. The report was launched on 10th October at the X-Forces Enterprise 5th Anniversary event at the London Stock Exchange.

More info can be found here and a copy of the report, co-authored by IER's Professor Clare Lyonette, Dr Sally-Anne Barnes and Dr David Owen , Natalie Fisher and Karen Newell (both QinetiQ), Ren Kapur MBE and Martin Wing (both X-Forces Enterprise) can be viewed here.

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Report on Welsh budgetary trade-offs

Daria Luchinskaya has led on a new report examining Welsh budgetary trade-offs looking forward to 2021-22. The report was launched at the Senedd on 21st September 2017, and is currently being presented to the Welsh Local Government Association and to the Finance Committee of the National Assembly for Wales.

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