ESRC funds PhDs through Scottish Doctoral Training Partnership

29 August 2016

ESRC funds PhDs through Scottish Doctoral Training Partnership

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is poised to become a full member of the new Scottish Doctoral Training Partnership in social sciences, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), thanks to its research excellence in social policy and social work. 

Five hundred PhD studentships are expected to be funded over six years through 14 new Doctoral Training Partnerships across the UK, which succeed the current Doctoral Training Centres.

The ESRC Doctoral Training Partnerships will start taking students in October 2017 in a range of social sciences.

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), almost two-thirds of GCU’s social work and social policy submission was rated world-leading and internationally excellent, with 80% of impact in this area rated at world-class levels. The University’s social policy research impact at world-leading levels has ranked GCU as in the top 10 in the UK.

The Scottish Doctoral Training Partnership is hosted by the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science based at the University of Edinburgh, and will bring together doctoral supervision expertise from GCU, the University of St Andrews, the University of Dundee, Edinburgh Napier, Heriot-Watt, Queen Margaret University, the Universities of Glasgow, Strathclyde, Stirling and Aberdeen, and SRUC.

Dr Emmanuelle Tulle, Reader in Sociology and Social Policy at GCU, said: “ESRC funding for the Partnership will provide new opportunities for high calibre students both within GCU and elsewhere to undertake PhDs on a range of topics with a social policy, social care and social work dimension in the University's Glasgow School for Business and Society, the School of Health and Life Sciences, and the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health.”

This year, GCU retained the European Commission HR Excellence in Research Award following its two-year review.

The HR Excellence in Research badge tells researchers that GCU is committed to supporting their careers and acknowledges the University’s alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment.

The University is committed to enhancing and supporting a strong research culture, demonstrated by GCU’s action plan for the implementation of the Concordat and subsequent researcher development by the Graduate School, and CREDO (Caledonian Research Excellence Development Opportunities), which focuses on helping principal investigators and emerging research leaders to develop research excellence.


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