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Youth work in schools - connecting across boundaries in formal and informal education (PHDED002)

   School of Education

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  Prof R Murray, Prof A Coburn  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Research has shown that when young people routinely excluded from school, engaged in youth work, they were able to achieve positive outcomes (Finlay et al. 2010, 2013). This study concluded that the infrastructure and focus on content and product in schools – which work well for many young people – do not work for all young people. This raises a question about what we do for young people for whom schooling is not working.
The position of youth work in Scotland has been strengthened by bringing it into statute (Scottish Govt., 2013) and by integrating it into core education policy, as part of Curriculum for Excellence, which seeks ‘to build and strengthen effective partnerships between schools and youth work’ (Education Scotland, 2013, p.1). This brings opportunities for new collaborative practices in schools. This study seeks to generate new knowledge and understanding of the potentialities for youth work in schools by asking young people, teachers and youth workers about their experiences and their perceptions on the impacts these bring.
Built on the concept of curriculum as process, ‘the focus of educational youth work is concerned with the processes which young people negotiate in order to grow in personal and social development’ (Milburn et al.1995, p.9) It is anticipated that, rather than pathologising young people who do not achieve in school, analysis will construct an asset based model for integrating youth work with school education.

Funding Notes

UWS is an inspiring, vibrant place to study with a growing research community; an important aspect of which is its outstanding and committed research students.

Successful candidates will receive a £13,863 annual stipend payable for three years and payment of tuition fees (current value £3900).

This studentship is open to Home/EU candidates with a first degree in a relevant discipline. Non-EU students can apply, but will not receive the stipend and will be required to pay fees.

The deadline date for applications is 16th May 2014. Candidates must be available to commence their studies in October 2014.


How to apply:

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Applications without all relevant documents will not be considered. Please quote the Project Reference Number.

Should you have any queries please contact the Innovation & Research Office on + 44 (0)141 848 3919 or email

The deadline date for applications is 16th May 2014. All interviews will take place between 26th May and 6th June 2014.

Please note that this project is part of a competitive round and there is no guarantee that it will be awarded.