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WALES ESRC DTP PHD ‘COLLABORATIVE’ STUDENTSHIP - Fair Work: Job Quality and Fairness in UK and Welsh Workplaces (in collaboration with ACAS Wales and South West of England)

   Cardiff Business School

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  Prof J Morris, Prof A Felstead  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

UK workplaces are facing a conundrum; despite growing affluence, various workforce surveys (e.g. 2017 UK Skills and Employment Survey) indicate the deleterious effects of work such as growing work intensity, declining task discretion, growing insecurity and a declining fairness of work (Felstead, 2019; Green, 2006; Hassard and Morris, 2018). One of the great challenges of work is how to reconcile growing prosperity and long term falling hours at work with what the Taylor Review argues constitutes ‘fairness‘ in the contemporary workplace (Taylor, 2017).

Working alongside ACAS, this PhD project will evaluate the differences on the major measures of the UK Skills and Employment Survey (work intensity, insecurity at work, job discretion and fairness at work) according to key variables (occupation, age and gender) and examine the extent to which there are major differences of fair work between Wales and the UK. The project will furthermore explore these issues via case studies of major employing organisations to develop evidence-based policy. A mixed-method research design is anticipated including secondary data analysis identifying challenges and successful examples, quantitative data analysis of the 2017 Skills and Employment Survey Study broken down to a sub (UK) national level, as well as qualitative research involving interviews and case studies of Welsh private and public sector organisations.

Applications are invited from exceptional candidates with a first class or strong upper second class honours degree, or appropriate Master’s degree. Both the University and the ESRC Wales DTP value diversity and equality at all levels and we encourage applications from all sections of the community.

We welcome applications for both full and part-time study, and studentships are available as either ‘1+3’ (i.e. one full time year of research training Masters followed by three years of full-time Doctoral study, or the part-time equivalent), or ‘+3’ (i.e. three years of full-time doctoral study or its part-time equivalent), depending on the needs of the applicant.

A completed application form should be submitted no later than 1st June 2020. We anticipate interviews to be held mid-June via Skype.

These studentships are ‘collaborative’ awards. Applicants should take careful consideration of the working title and description of the project and may wish to contact the named member of staff for a discussion prior to applying.

Mae’r rhaglen hon ar gael drwy gyfrwng y Saesneg yn unig. I wneud cais am wybodaeth yn Gymraeg, cysylltwch â’r Tîm Recriwtio Ôl-raddedigion ([Email Address Removed]).

This program is available in English only. To request information in Welsh, please contact the Postgraduate Recruitment Team ([Email Address Removed]).

Funding Notes

Cardiff Business School, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales, invites applications for funded PhD study. The ‘collaborative studentships’, involve liaison with a non-academic organisation at many key areas throughout the project. They will commence in October 2020 and will cover your tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant (currently £15,009 p.a. for 2019/20 for full-time students); ); and includes access to an additional Research Training Support Grant.

Full awards are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements.


The closing deadline for applications is Monday 01 June 2020. Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview (virtual), which are expected to take place mid-June. The ESRC Wales DTP Management Group will make decisions with regard to studentship awards.

These studentships are ‘collaborative’ awards. Applicants should take careful consideration of the working title and description of the project and may wish to contact the named member of staff for a discussion prior to applying.

Applicants should apply to the Doctor of Philosophy in Business Studies with a start date of October 2020:

In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided. In the funding section, please select ’I will be applying for a scholarship/grant’ and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from WALES ESRC DTP PHD ‘COLLABORATIVE’ STUDENTSHIP – Fair Work.

Please include:

1. Covering letter (maximum 2 pages): Include the project title, your reasons and motivation for applying to study at Cardiff University and the Management and Business pathway; your understanding and expectations of doctoral study; your academic interests generally, and particularly of those relating to the proposed project.

2. Academic / Professional Qualifications: Where appropriate, this should include proof of English Language Competency (7.0 IELTS minimum).

3. References: Two academic references. Candidates must include references with their application.

4. Curriculum Vitae (maximum two pages)

5. Research Proposal (maximum of 1000 words, not including bibliographic references): We suggest that you use the following headings in your proposal:
• Your reflections on the title, aims and purpose of the research;
• An overview of some key research literature relevant to the study;
• Your proposals for developing the design and methods of the study
• A description of potential outcomes of the project for understanding, knowledge, policy and practice (as appropriate to the topic);
• Bibliographic references.

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