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Creating Sustainable Communities through Skills

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  • Full or part time
    Prof A Marks
    Dr D McGuire
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    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

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.

Funding Notes

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

Additionally, the following criteria are desirable:
• A good masters degree with a substantial research component

Students must meet ESRC eligibility criteria. ESRC eligibility information can be found here*:

Award Details:
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

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

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.

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