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ESRC Northwest Doctoral Training Centre (NWDTC) Awards
As part of the ESRC's North West Doctoral Training Centre established in 2011, Lancaster University, along with the Universities of Liverpool and Manchester, is pleased to be able to forward for the consideration of the NWDTC applications for ESRC 1+3 (1 year MRes + 3 years PhD study) or +3 (3 years PhD study only) studentships to commence in 2013-14.
Applications must be made to the department initially. The department will nominate its best candidates to the Faculty, with applications ultimately being considered by a selection committee of the whole NWDTC.
The awards cover the costs of University tuition fees, along with a full annual stipend (£13,590 for 2012-13, which is not subject to income tax or national insurance deductions).
These studentships are for UK and EU applicants who fulfill residency requirements and who have a first class or upper second class degree or equivalent, as a minimum academic requirement.
A 1+3 studentship is divided into two connected parts: the undertaking of the Master of Research (MRes) programme in Criminology or Master of Arts programme in Social Work in the first year, immediately followed by a three year doctoral research programme in the department.
+3 studentships are available to prospective doctoral students who have already completed an ESRC-recognised Masters programme.
How to Apply
All applications for an ESRC studentship to commence in academic year 2012-2013 must be submitted to Paul Iganski in the department by 5 pm on Friday, 4th February 2013.
Applications must be made on the following ESRC Studentship application form. Please refer to guidelines produced by the ESRC as you complete the application form. Be aware especially that for this application, you need to include a research proposal of 1,500 words. The ESRC guidelines include a section to indicate what your research proposal of 1,500 words should include.
Candidates whose applications have been forwarded to the final stage of consideration will be informed of the outcome of their application a month or so later.
Studentships will be awarded under the ESRC North West Doctoral Training Centre (NWDTC) pathway of "Security, Conflict and Justice" or "Social Work".
Further details of this can be found on the NWDTC website.
Identifying potential PhD supervisors
Security, Conflict and Justice pathway
Academic staff from the Lancaster University Department of Applied Social Science join with colleagues from the university’s Departments of Law and Politics, Philosophy & Religion to offer broad themes of expertise concerning Security, Conflict and Justice.
Staff in the Department of Applied Social Science with particular expertise in Security, Conflict and Justice include (by theme):
Social diversity, crime, and social justice: This theme is focused on the contemporary social, legal and political concerns of tackling crime whilst taking into account social diversity and seeking to achieve social justice. It includes topics such as inequality and crime, hate crime, racist violence, policing diversity, policing the night time economy and the regulation of substance use. Experts in Applied Social Science include Chris Grover and Paul Iganski.
Gendered Security, Conflict and Justice: Karenza Moore has expertise regarding gender and the policing of consumption and pleasure.
Criminal justice, ethics and the judiciary: Stuart Kirby and Sue Penna have expertise in transnational scope and the governance of serious organised crime, and the response of criminal justice systems.
Youth justice, conflicts between child protection and rights: Karen Broadhurst, Claire Fitzpatrick, Corrine May-Chahal, Ian Paylor, and Carolyn Taylor research in the areas of young offenders, children in care, the link between youth justice & child welfare, criminal careers, child sexual abuse.
Social Work pathway
Research proposals are welcomed across the ESRC remit, but particularly in the following areas:
For Social Work Lancaster University social work staff have strong international reputations across a wide range of practice areas.
Carolyn Taylor has published widely on reflexivity in practice and the ways in which professional practice is enacted in health & welfare organisations.
Corinne May-Chahal and Karen Broadhurst are leaders in child protection practice research, Ian Paylor specialises in substance misuse and youth justice and Bob Sapey leads on social work research in the disability field with Hannah Morgan.
Staff are also currently engaged in a number of interdisciplinary research areas including ICT and its connections with social work including safeguarding children on line and practice impacts of the use of technology within social work.
The Department of Applied Social Science also offers opportunities to examine the nature and range of social work with young people who have committed offences within the youth justice system in England and Wales, which is so important in setting the boundaries - and potential - of social work within this system. Youth Justice work has been a contentious area of social policy for many years, and the contemporary situation is no different, with the national and local policy formulations posing particular considerations for social work within the values, ethics, skills, and methods which are so important to it, within a multi-professional and multi-agency setting.
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