Cardiff University School of Social Sciences, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP), invites applications for PhD study. These particular studentships, known as ‘collaborative studentships’, involve liaison with a non-academic organisation, often at many key stages of the research programme. They will commence in October 2022.
Health and Care Research Wales https://www.healthandcareresearch.gov.wales/
Monmouthshire County Council https://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/
Project aims and methods:
The difficulty of getting help for children with emotional and mental health needs is well recognised. There is particular concern about the ‘missing middle’ - i.e., the lack of support in between universal services and specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), especially for children with emotional or behavioural problems who do not meet thresholds for specialist CAMHS because of not having diagnosed mental illness. Rather than seeing the problem just as ‘access to CAMHS’, the Welsh Government is increasingly expecting a whole-system approach. This approach takes its lead from the example in Gwent, where the aim is for children’s mental health to be a shared responsibility across the public sector. The research will focus on one aspect of the complex service architecture, the Single Point of Access for Children's Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health (SPACE well-being) panels. These ensure that any child there is concern about will receive help from somewhere. The aim of the doctoral research project is to understand how these panels work and what lessons can be learned from their operation. This will most likely be a mixed-method case study, requiring some qualitative methods such as interviews and observation.
Please note that whilst Professor Jonathan Scourfield is involved with the design and recruitment of this studentship, he will not be part of the supervisory team. However, if would like to discuss this studentship further, please email Professor Scourfield as the key contact.
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, irrespective of age, disability, sex, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation. In line with our commitment to supporting and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion, and to increase recruitment of currently underrepresented groups, applications from Black British, Asian British, minority ethnicity British and mixed race British candidates are particularly encouraged and welcomed.
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.
Applications welcomed by 12:00pm GMT on 4th February 2022. Short-listed to be invited to interview between 23 February – 1 March February 2022.
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.
ESRC studentships are highly competitive. Candidates should have an excellent academic background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or strong upper 2nd class degree; applications from those also holding a relevant research training Masters degree (or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a +3 award. Wales DTP studentships are available to both home and international (including EU and EEA) students. Successful applicants will be eligible for a full award consisting of a maintenance stipend and payment of tuition fees at the UK research organisation rate. Applicants must satisfy studentship eligibility requirements. For further details see the UKRI website. Successful international student applicants will receive a fully-funded Wales DTP studentship and will not be charged the fees difference between the UK and international rate.
1+3 OR +3?
Awards are available on either a 1+3 or +3 basis. A 1+3 studentship provides funding for four years (or part-time equivalent), completing a research training Masters in the 1st year, followed by 3 years research funding for a PhD. A +3 studentship provides funding for the three years PhD research study only (or part-time equivalent).
The closing deadline for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 4th February 2022. Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview, which are expected to take place between 23/02 - 01/03/2022. After interview, a final short-list of applicants will be put forward to a Panel convened by the ESRC Wales DTP Management Group at which final decisions with regard to studentship awards will be made. Successful applicants can expect to hear by early April 2022.