ESRC PhD Studentship: Administrative Data Research Centre for Scotland

ESRC PhD Studentship: Administrative Data Research Centre for Scotland

Type of award:                                   ESRC Studentship (+3 award for UK/EU residents only)

Closing date for applications:            Friday 28th April

Date for interviews:                           w/b 8 May

Start by:                                              1st October 2017

Applications are invited for an ESRC-funded PhD studentship connected with the Administrative Data Research Centre for Scotland (ADRC-S). The ADRC-S is one of four UK Centres established by the ESRC to promote the use of linked administrative datasets for policy-relevant social research. Together the Centres form the Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN –  

This studentship provides a superb opportunity to conduct an applied quantitative study with the potential to impact on policy. The successful applicant will have an interest in social or public policy, and they will be keen to develop advanced quantitative research skills. They will be located within Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow, one of Europe’s leading centres for inter-disciplinary urban and social research, rated joint first in its field at the REF 2014. And they will play a full part in the ADRN initiative, benefitting from interactions with colleagues across the wider Network.

Studentship award

The studentship is only available as a ‘+3’ award.Funding will cover three years’ fees (at the Home/EU rate), and provide an annual stipend of £14,553 (2017/18 full-time rate) as well as £750 pa for research and training expenses.


Applicants must have a good first degree (2.1. or higher) in the social sciences or other relevant discipline such as statistics or public health. Applicants also need to show that they will meet the ESRC’s research training requirements: usually incorporating 60 credits of core research methods training in principles and theories of research knowledge, and quantitative and qualitative design and analysis. Students still to complete a Masters programme in 2017 are encouraged to apply although any award may be contingent on final results.

There are important residency requirements for this studentship. Funding for fees is only available to people who are ‘ordinarily resident in an EU state’ while the stipend is only payable to people who are ‘ordinarily resident in the UK’. Non-EU applications will not be considered. For further information on these requirements and to check your eligibility, please see:

How to apply

Please submit the following documents to by the deadline noted above: 

  • Statement of interest – a one- or two-page note outlining:
    • your interest in the studentship and whether there is a specific area of policy or topic that you wish to focus on, and why - please see Further Particulars below for guidance: and
    • your understanding of the potential advantages and disadvantages of working with administrative data for research on social or public policy interventions;
    • A short CV and a full academic transcript;
    • Two references - referees can email these direct to the email address above from an institutional account if they prefer;

Selection process

Applications will be ranked by a selection panel. The highest ranked eligible candidates will be invited to interview after which a preferred candidate will be identified. That candidate will then be invited to apply for admission to the relevant PhD programme within the College of Social Sciences. They will also need to be approved by the Scottish Graduate School for Social Sciences Doctoral Training Centre. Both steps are required before the award of the studentship can be confirmed.

Informal enquiries

For informal enquiries regarding the PhD topic or focus, please contact Professor Nick Bailey (

For general information including suitability of existing research training or eligibility, please contact Professor Moira Munro (

ESRC PhD Studentship with the Administrative Data Research Centre for Scotland (ADRC-S): further particulars


Administrative data are the records which each of us leaves as a result of our interactions with a wide range of administrative systems, such as those for education, taxation and welfare benefit, health or social care services, and housing or property registers. Researchers can gain valuable insights into individual lives by linking anonymised data from across different systems. We can look at how individuals fare over time and in different parts of the country, or how treatment by one public service may have consequences for other public services. These administrative systems exist to deliver public services or initiatives, or result from public regulations, so they offer great potential to study the consequences of these interventions and inform the development of policy.

Access to individual-level administrative data is very tightly controlled. All researchers need to show that they have a legitimate interest in asking for particular datasets. Researchers within ADRC-S have spent a substantial amount of time working with a range of data-owning organisations in Scotland and the wider UK to identify opportunities for research. Given the lead-in times involved, the studentship will seek to build on one of these existing relationships. The student will still need to approach data owners themselves and secure the necessary permissions for their research since permission is granted on a project-by-project basis, but assistance will be provided for this by the supervisors and by the ADRN.

Datasets where research access has been agreed to date include:

  • Employment and welfare benefits: The Department for Work and Pensions collects data on individuals who receive welfare benefits and gathers information on employment and earnings.
  • Health and social care: Scottish Government collects data from local authorities on every individual receiving social care each year while NHS Scotland can provide data on individual use of a wide variety of health services.
  • Education: The Scottish Government collects data on every school pupil each year on attendance, behavior and academic achievement. Other data are held by bodies responsible for university applications and outcomes in higher education.

A suitable focus for the studentship would be using one of these groups of data, e.g. to look at how the use of social services affects use of health services or vice versa. Alternatively it might explore links between them, e.g. to look at how health may affect employment opportunities or time claiming welfare benefits.

Data and methods

The PhD research will be based primarily on the use of linked administrative datasets. The work may also exploit administrative data linked to surveys such as Understanding Society. There may be limited scope to undertake additional qualitative work in order to supplement the quantitative analysis but that will be secondary.

Where possible, the analysis will be seeking to identify the causal impacts of policy interventions using quasi-experimental methods. These methods take advantage of variations in policies which exist in different parts of the country or changes in policy over time (or both) in order to draw stronger conclusions about the impacts of policy. Advanced training in these methods will be available as part of the PhD.

Research training and supervision

The student will be based in Urban Studies, part of the College of Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow. Urban Studies has a global reputation as a centre for interdisciplinary urban and social research. It was ranked joint 1st in its panel in the REF2014 and has a thriving community of academics and PhD students. It is home to the ESRC-funded Urban Big Data Centre, as well as having close ties to the ADRC-S.

There are extensive opportunities for advanced training within the University and beyond. These include a range of advanced quantitative methods courses run by the College of Social Sciences as part of its doctoral training programme, and specialist courses provided by ADRC-S, UBDC and others. The student will be required to assess their wider knowledge and skills development needs at the outset of the studentship, and put in place plans to address identified development needs over the life of the PhD.

The successful candidate will be part of the Scottish Graduate School in Social Science and will be able to attend the wide range of activities which they organise, including an annual Summer School. Students will have funding to attend external conferences and will be encouraged to build links to wider academic and policy networks.

The PhD will be supervised by Professor Nick Bailey in conjunction with a second supervisor to be appointed, dependent on topic area. There will be regular meetings with supervisors plus annual reviews of progress with the PhD Convenor for Urban Studies. 

Fully Funded PhD Studentship (+3/1+3): Lifelong Learning Policies Supporting Young Adults in their Life Course.

Fully Funded PhD Studentship (+3/1+3): Lifelong Learning Policies Supporting Young Adults in their Life Course.

Applications are invited for a period of either three years (+3) for those with an ESRC recognised research training qualification or four years (1+3) for those without.

Project outline

The successful candidate will be part of the Horizon 2020 project YOUNG_ADULLLT - Policies Supporting Young People in their Life Course. A Comparative Perspective of Lifelong Learning and Inclusion in Education and Work in Europe (,which is an European funded project run by a consortium of 12 European universities from 9 countries. The PhD student will join the GU team of the project and will participate in a research on lifelong learning (LLL) policies and their effects on young people in Scotland (

During the recession and post-recession, LLL policies in Scotland have prioritised a skills agenda with a clear focus on young adults as the main target group of most policy interventions. The overall aim of this project is to elucidate how LLL policies support young adults in their life courses by investigating who are the key influencers and how they manage to influence young adult decisions, and what are the intended and unintended effects of this influence on young adult learning and career choices. The project is designed as a multilevel mixed methods research at national, local and individual levels.

  • National level: the project will map young adult transitions in education and work through the analysis of secondary data for Scotland.
  • Local level: the project will conduct case studies in two Scottish regions (Glasgow City Region and Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire) around three key LLL policies in each region.
  • Individual level: the project will carry out interviews with young adults about their life projects and their perception of the support and guidance received by key influencers.

Supervision and training

The student will be jointly supervised by Dr Oscar Valiente (lead supervisor) and Dr Oscar Odena, and will benefit from the vibrant and supportive intellectual environment of the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change and the doctoral training available through the School of Education and the College of Social Sciences. The student will also have a named sponsor in Skills Development Scotland (SDS) who will support the project, and will have the opportunity to participate in activities organized by SDS and the ESRC Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences (SGSSS).

Student profile

We are particularly keen to receive applications from candidates with a strong background in the Social Sciences (e.g. Sociology, Political Science, Economics, Comparative Education, etc.) and experience of both qualitative and quantitative research methods. As the majority of the planned research is qualitative, an interest in learning and using these methods is essential. It is also essential the interest in having a social and political impact beyond academia through the engagement with research users in governmental and non governmental organisations.


ESRC eligibility criteria apply. Comprehensive information on eligibility requirements can be found at:

The University has an ESRC ‘Award Eligibility Checker’ tool which you should use to check whether you are eligible for the award. Please include the PDF summary of your responses that it creates with your application.

Unfortunately, any student not meeting the ESRC eligibility criteria cannot be considered for the studentship.

The Award

SDS is co-funding this scholarship in partnership with the ESRC SGSSS. The scholarship includes payment of UK/EU fees and, in the case of UK students, it also includes a maintenance grant (2017-18 rate is £14,553 per annum) and a research training support grant (£750 per annum). EU students will normally only be eligible for a fee waiver award. EU students may be eligible for the full award where they have been living in the UK for three years prior to the start of the course.

Residential queries should be directed to in the first instance.

How to Apply

Complete and collate the following documentation then attach to a single email and send to William Shirriffs at by 12 noon Friday 5th May 2017.

  • A statement expressing your suitability to undertake the proposed project
  • Curriculum vitae
  • 2 signed references on official headed notepaper in support of your application
  • Degree transcripts from previous studies (undergraduate and postgraduate, if relevant)
  • A copy of the PDF generated by the ESRC Award Eligibility Checker.

Any application which fails to meet the above requirements will not be considered.

Please direct informal enquiries to Dr Oscar Valiente ( or Dr Oscar Odena (

Selection Process

Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview in Glasgow. The interviews are expected to take place on the 25th May 2017. The successful applicant will be informed shortly after the interview.

The successful candidate will be required to complete and submit the SGSSS Coversheet and Equal Opportunities Form.

The award is subject to the candidate successfully securing admission to the PhD programme in Education within the College of Social Sciences. After selected for funding, the successful scholarship applicant will be invited to apply for admission to the PhD programme in Education.

2 fully-funded PhD scholarships in international economic history at the University of Glasgow (EURECON project funded by the European Research Council)

2 fully-funded PhD scholarships in international economic history at the University of Glasgow (EURECON project funded by the European Research Council)

Applications are invited for two 3-year PhD scholarships (with a possibility of a one-year extension) in Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow.

The successful candidates will be part of the ERC-funded project The Making of a Lopsided Union: Economic Integration in the European Economic Community, 1957-1992 (EURECON) led by Dr Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol. They are expected to begin on 1 September 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the EURECON project

The goal of EURECON is to explore European policymakers’ views about how to make the organisation of the European Economic Community (EEC) fit for the creation of a single currency, from 1957 to 1992. It is often said that the euro has faults of conception. But how did this happen? How was the euro made in such a way that it nearly completely overlooked some critical aspects of monetary unions? The assumption is that in the run-up to the 1992 Maastricht Treaty, European policymakers just did not think properly about how to make the Euro work. Was this really the case? Did European policymakers really overlook the economic foundations of European monetary union?

The project aims to examine European policymakers' debates and proposals, understand the reasons for their success or failure, identify the dynamics of political and economic trade-offs and compromises, shifting priorities, and alternative approaches that were abandoned at the time but recycled later. The project focuses on five work packages: macroeconomic policy coordination, fiscal transfers, capital market integration, banking harmonisation/supervision and the deepening of the common/single market. The project will examine the origins of the issues that are currently bedevilling the European Union (EU) by investigating the period between the creation of the EEC in 1957 and the decision to create a European single currency in 1992.

PhD positions

The PhD projects will focus on the role and influence of non-state, non-EEC actors and factors in the above discussions. Interested applicants should focus specifically on the role of one of the following actors/factor:

  • Commercial banks: Commercial banks were central actors in the development of European economic integration, in particular with regard to capital market integration, regulation/supervision, and the development of the common/single market. Did they support the creation of a common market in banking? Did they adopt specific lobbying strategies within their respective member states and in Brussels? How did they view the possible future creation of a monetary union in Europe?
  • Big business (other than banks): The implementation of the common/single market, the issue of EEC fiscal transfers, and macroeconomic policy coordination had an impact on the conduct of business in Europe. Did big business consider that these developments would improve their environment, in creating more business opportunities, easier financing and trade? The Roundtable of Industrialists famously lobbied for the Single Market Project; did big business aim to actively support or oppose other developments at different time periods?
  • Trade unions: Macroeconomic policy coordination, EEC fiscal transfers, and the development of the common/single market had an important impact upon labour relations. How did trade unions try to influence European economic policymaking? In particular, how did they promote European social policies and how did they cope with the challenges induced by European economic integration in a globalising world? The rise of unemployment in Europe from the 1970s as well as the reflections mentioned above about the introduction of an EEC-wide unemployment benefit provided an important points of interest for trade unions.
  • The spread and influence of economic ideas on the evolution of European economic cooperation and integration: Many economic ideas have influenced and competed over the development of European economic integration, including German ordo-liberalism, French planning, and neo-liberalism. Recent studies have shed light on the rise of neo-liberal politics in the evolution of thinking about deregulation and the free movement of capital. How did economic thinking evolve in the EEC and how did these influences permeate policymaking at the European level? This topic would more specifically focus on the intellectual history dimension of the economic integration of Europe by looking at one of these schools of thought. How did these ideas spread among European policymakers? How did these ideas change over time? What was their actual influence?

The successful candidate is expected to:

-          Write a PhD thesis under the supervision of Dr Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol

-          Be an active part of the EURECON project and work in close cooperation with other team members

-          Present papers at conferences

-          Publish in international peer-reviewed journals (individual and co-authored)

-          Participate in yearly workshops organised within the scope of EURECON.

The successful candidate will register for a PhD in Economic and Social History, School of Social and Political Sciences, College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow.

The scholarship covers the successful student’s full-time home/EU tuition fees (£4,121 p.a. for 2016/17), pays a stipend (£14,296 p.a. for 2016/17), and includes a research budget allowance to cover expenses related to archival research and conference attendance (at least £1500 p.a.). There is a possibility for an extension to a fourth year, under the same financial conditions.

PhD students at the University of Glasgow benefit from the College of Social Sciences’ Graduate School Research Training Programme, as well as an annual Thesis Review Committee and an annual Doctoral Retreat. PhD students may also have the opportunity to become Graduate Teaching Assistants and gain teaching experience.

Candidates must be fluent in English. A good command of another European language would be an advantage.

How to apply

Please include the following supporting documentation with your application:

-          Your CV

-          Your research proposal focusing on one of the actors/factors outlined above (max. 2500 words, including footnotes, references and bibliography)

-          Your degree transcripts

-          Your English language certificate

-          Two letters of reference

Interested candidates should apply on the University of Glasgow’s Online Application System Applicants should put ‘EURECON’ in the ‘Research Title’ field in ‘Step 6 – Course Details’ of the application form, and select ‘PhD in Economic and Social History (Research)’.

Interested applicants are strongly advised to discuss their research proposal with Dr Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol ( before they apply.

Short-listed candidates may be invited for an interview in Glasgow.

Application deadline is 7 May 2017.

The Nisbet PhD Scholarship in the Philosophy of Education

The Nisbet PhD Scholarship in the Philosophy of Education


The Nisbet PhD Scholarship in the Philosophy of Education has been generously funded by Isabel Nisbet, the daughter of Stanley Nisbet who was the University of Glasgow’s first Professor of Education, a post he held from 1951 until 1978.

Indicative topics might include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • Childhood Studies
  • Cosmopolitanism
  • Deliberative democracy
  • Education for democratic citizenship
  • Gender and education
  • Global citizenship
  • Nationalism
  • Religion, culture and identity
  • The Capabilities Approach and education
  • The shifting landscape of Higher Education
  • Social justice and education.


Prospective Home/EU (start date between October 2017 and January 2018) are eligible to apply for this full-time scholarship and candidates will not be permitted to hold the Nisbet Scholarship simultaneously with any other College of Social Sciences scholarship.The candidate should have a first class or 2:1 Honours (undergraduate) degree and, usually, a Master’s degree in education or an education related area, preferably with evidence of previous study in the philosophy of education.

The Award

The scholarship will run for a maximum of 3 years full-time commencing in October 2017 and will provide:

  • an annual maintenance grant (stipend) equivalent to the RCUK stipend rates 
  • fees at the standard Home/EU rate

How to Apply

All applicants should complete and collate the following documentation then attach to a single email marked Nisbet Scholarship in The Philosophy Of Education and send to by 17:00 on Friday 19th May 2017.

Academic Transcript(s)

Full academic transcript(s) from previous studies (undergraduate and postgraduate). Electronic screenshots are acceptable for pending degrees or where a paper transcript is not available.

Two Academic References

On official headed notepaper and signed by referees.

These should be ‘academic references’, that is each should be from an academic who has taught/supervised you and who knows your academic work. 

References given to candidates in sealed envelopes should be opened, scanned and attached to the application email or references can be emailed direct to by referees via their official University email address; clearly labelling the reference e.g. “Jane Smith,  Nisbet Scholarship Reference”

The University of Glasgow will not contact referees on the behalf of applicants.

Copy of CV

Research Proposal
A research proposal, no longer than 1500 words, outlining the proposed research project and stating clearly how the proposed research is in the philosophy of education.  Any proposal over 1500 words (excluding references but including footnotes) will not be considered.

A good proposal will contain the following elements:

  • a straightforward, descriptive, and informative title
  • a clear account of the question/issue your research will address
  • an account of why this question is important and worth investigating
  • an assessment of how your own research will engage with recent study in the subject
  • a brief account of the approach you will take
  • a discussion of the primary sources that your research will draw upon, including journal

articles, books, manuscripts, archives, libraries, or museums as relevant

  • an assessment of the key philosophical and theoretical and, if relevant, policy literatures to which the study will contribute
  • a clear account of how this proposal is located in the philosophy of education.

Additional items such as references and bibliography should be attached to the application email separately from the research proposal – i.e. on a different word document.

Any application which fails to meet the above requirements will not be considered.

Selection Process

Applications will be ranked by a selection panel and applicants will be notified of the decision on their application by the end of June.

Other Information

All application documents should be named as follows: “Nisbet Scholarship, Document Name, Student Name”. For example: “Nisbet Scholarship, Reference 1, Jane Smith”

Enquiries can be made by email, with Nisbet Scholarship in The Philosophy of Education in the subject line, to


This scholarship awards is subject to the candidate successfully securing admission to a PhD programme in the School of Education, College of Social Sciences.  The successful scholarship applicant will be invited to apply for admission after they are selected for funding unless they have already made a successful application.

Applicants with alternative funding available in the event of an unsuccessful Nisbet scholarship application should apply for admission to the PhD at the same time as applying for the scholarship.