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Schools, volunteering and charitable giving (+3 Studentship) - exploring the extent to which schools in Wales participate in a range of voluntary and charitable activities

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Project Description

Applications are being sought for a prestigious, full-time ESRC Doctoral Training Centre for Wales (Wales DTC) PhD Studentship to be based in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, to begin in October 2016.

This project links to ongoing research in WISERDEducation and WISERD Civil Society and aims to explore the extent to which schools in Wales participate in a range of voluntary and charitable activities.

Aims and objectives
The overall aim of the project is to investigate the extent to which schools contribute to civil society in Wales through engaging their students in volunteering and charitable giving. More focused research questions include:

• What are the nature and scale of volunteering and charitable activities that are endorsed within the school?
• How do these vary by school phase and type (eg rural/urban, Welsh/English medium, socially advantaged/disadvantaged?
• To what extent is participation obligatory or voluntary?
• Are their patterns of participation within schools related to socio-economic status, gender, ethnicity and religion?
• How do these patterns of participation relate to intergenerational patterns of voluntary association and charitable giving?

Research methods
The project will involve mixed methods. A key source of data will be the WISERDEducation Cohorts which include four cohorts of children and young people aged between 7 and 17 years. The successful applicant will be expected to devise questions for inclusion in the cohort studies, to assist with the collection of data and to undertake statistical analysis of the findings.

These data will be supplemented by up to six case studies of schools, which will include interviews with staff, students and their parents.


About the School:
We take an interdisciplinary approach to the Social Sciences to create a dynamic and engaged teaching and research environment. The School of Social Sciences is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in research and teaching across a range of subject areas including sociology, policy studies, criminology, education and social work.

The School currently has over 220 academic staff, and around 1000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. We have a strong commitment to developing programmes of study that benefit from the research expertise and achievements of staff in the School.

We are home to a number of world-leading research centres, and these engage across a range of research themes. Our students have the opportunity to work with and learn from world class scholars, alongside students from across the world. The School has a thriving postgraduate research community, with both PhD and Professional Doctorate programmes. We also offer a number of courses for professional development.

The School collaborates with major universities and scholars from around the world, as well as enjoying excellent links with local businesses, public and third sector organisations, policy makers and practitioners.

About the University:
Cardiff University is acknowledged as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities, held in high esteem both nationally and internationally. Its world-leading research was ranked 5th amongst UK universities in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework for quality and 2nd for impact.

Cardiff University is also the home of the ESRC funded Wales DTC, part of a national network of 21 accredited Doctoral Training Centres across the UK judged by the ESRC to deliver truly excellent postgraduate training provision.

Funding Notes

Studentships will commence in October 2016 and consist of full UK/EU tuition fees, as well as a Doctoral Stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum (£14,057 p.a. for 2015/16, updated each year). An additional Research and Training Support Grant worth £750 p.a. is available for each studentship.

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