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ESRC-funded Collaborative PhD Studentship to commence in October 2016

Research subject: 'The use of information communications technology (ICT) and labour market intelligence (LMI) in careers education and guidance'

Doctoral Studentships in the Social Sciences at the University of Warwick

The ESRC Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Warwick, one of 21 such centres in the UK, embodies the university’s commitment to producing the next generation of leaders in social science research. Internationally renowned for its research excellence, Warwick is now inviting applications for an ESRC-funded Collaborative PhD Studentship offered in association with our collaborative partner organisation Adviza to commence in October 2016.

The host department for the PhD at the University of Warwick is the Institute for Employment Research (IER). Our partner, Adviza is a registered charity inspiring people to make better decisions that help them progress in learning and work. The PhD student will be registered in the IER and will work collaboratively with Adviza throughout the duration of the award.

PhD Content

The plan for the research is to investigate the use of information communications technology (ICT) and labour market intelligence (LMI) in careers education and guidance. It will explore methodological findings in a rich literature surrounding the use of ICT and LMI in supporting school-to-work transitions. The research plan will focus on how practices can be successfully transferred and adapted to support pedagogy and andragogy in differing education and employment contexts.


The project will be jointly supervised by Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE (IER) and Professor Chris Warhurst (IER). Part of the PhD will also be co-supervised by Sue Gale (Adviza).


The successful candidate will have a strong academic background with a Master's degree in a relevant subject. To be considered for an ESRC studentship, which covers fees and maintenance stipend and extensive support for research training, as well as research activity support grants, you must also fulfil ESRC eligibility criteria.

Application Process

To be considered for this PhD studentship, please email the IER Administrative Officer, l dot horsler at warwick dot ac dot uk, attaching a single pdf document that includes the following:

  • a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) indicating your interest in the PhD and how your experience to date prepares you for this PhD study
  • a full academic CV
  • the postal address, email and telephone number details for two academic referees who can comment on your suitability for PhD study (and who can be contacted in advance of the interviews)

The subject line of your email should be COLLABORATIVE STUDENTSHIP.

Further Information

Informal inquiries about the research prior to application can be directed to deirdre dot hughes at warwick dot ac dot uk OBE, Principal Research Fellow (IER) or suegale at adviza dot org dot uk, Delivery Director (Adviza).

Application deadline: Friday 22 April 2016, 12 noon

Interviews: Thursday 26 May 2016