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Research Scholarships - Data Science, Health & Wellbeing: ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership - Collaborative Studentship: 'Adverse Childhood Events - What Works to Break the Cycle'

Swansea University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Swansea
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: The studentship provides the full cost of tuition fees and an annual stipend. There will be additional funds available for research expenses.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 6th January 2022
Closes: 4th February 2022

Data Science, Health and Wellbeing: ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (PhD) – Collaborative Studentship: ‘Adverse Childhood Events - What Works to Break the Cycle’ – in collaboration with Public Health Wales.

Begin your postgraduate research journey at Swansea University: a top 30 research university (REF 2014) producing internationally recognised research that makes a real difference to society. We provide a welcoming environment for PhD researchers with specialist training, advice and development opportunities. As an ESRC Wales DTP researcher, you will also benefit from cohort-based networking events and dedicated ESRC Wales DTP student representatives at each campus.

Swansea University values diversity and equality at all levels and encourages applications from all sections of the community.

Funding providers: ESRC (50%); Public Health Wales (50%)

Subject areas: Data Science, Health and Wellbeing

Project start dates:

  • +3 Course - 1 October 2022 (enrolment open from mid-September)
  • 1+3 Course - 26 September 2022 (enrolment open from mid-September)

Supervisors:

Please note that the work will be jointly supervised by those in Swansea University and Public Health Wales, on behalf of the Cwm Taf and Bridgend Public Services Boards.

This studentship is a ‘collaborative’ award. Applicants should carefully consider the working title and description of the project and may wish to contact the named supervisor and/or the Swansea pathway contact for a discussion prior to applying. They are:

Aligned programme of study: PhD in Medical and Health Care Studies

Mode of study: Full or part-time study is possible. We welcome applications for both full- and part-time study. 

Please note that full-time ESRC studentship award holders cannot hold either a full-time job or a permanent part-time job during the period of their award. Part-time ESRC studentship award holders cannot hold a full-time job.

Project description:

Title: Adverse childhood events – What Works to Break the Cycle.

Context: adverse childhood events (ACEs) include: living in an adverse environment with a parent/adult with a mental health or substance abuse problem, or experiencing domestic violence; long-term neglect; abuse including physical, sexual and psychological/verbal abuse. Young people who experience multiple or long-term adverse events are more likely to repeat these behaviours with their own families and experience long-term mental health and physical health conditions.   

Rationale: this work will help to give an evidence base to what works to support young people and can overcome limitations of recall bias. Work has been undertaken to date with adults, asking retrospectively about childhood exposure to ACEs, but little work with young people.

Aims: to examine young people's self-reported experience of ACEs and what they report works to support them. To examine the extent to which exposure to ACEs can be detected using existing routine data.

Research questions:

  1. Prevalence of and types of ACEs as reported by young people;
  2. Prevalence of identified and unidentified ACEs (e.g. those that can and cannot be identified using routine data);
  3. What works, according to young people, to help them in terms of school, employment and within their community.
  4. What agencies are involved and is there evidence that agency involvement improves outcomes?

Scope: the work is all-Wales in focus and links an all-Wales survey with young people and their routine data including education, health (GP, A&E, hospital, substance abuse dataset), and social care.

Anticipated methods and design: online survey and qualitative interviews with young people aged 16-18. Qualitative analysis of interviews and open-ended survey questions.

Linkage of survey findings to routine data on education, health and social care to identify the extent to which ACEs can be identified in the routine data (e.g. alcohol-related admission to A&E, diagnosis/medication for mental health diagnosis in the household) and to examine the impact of service involvement in outcomes for young people. 

Recruitment: young people aged 16-18 will be invited through schools, social media campaigning, and working with organisations such as Children In Wales.

Eligibility

ESRC studentships are highly competitive. Candidates should have an excellent background in the social sciences, holding a first- or strong upper-second-class degree, or equivalent recognised by Swansea University (please consult https://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/entry-requirements/); applications from those also holding a relevant research training master’s degree (or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a ‘+3’ /PhD award.

English language requirements: if applicable, a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5 (with a score of no less than 6.5 in any individual component) or Swansea University-recognised equivalent is required. For more details, please read the University’s English language entry policy

A fully-funded Wales DTP studentship is available to both UK and international (including EU and EEA) students. All 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, please 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. 

Pending qualification study: to meet Swansea University's concurrent study regulations, current study is required to be awarded/completed (as appropriate) prior to the course/scholarship start date. Please note that this date supersedes any current course of study schedule/submission deadlines.

NB: If you hold a non-UK degree, please see Swansea University degree comparisons to find out if you meet the eligibility criteria. 

If you have any questions regarding your academic or fee eligibility based on the above, please email pgrscholarships@swansea.ac.uk with the web-link to the scholarship(s) in which you are interested.

Funding

The studentship provides the full cost of tuition fees and an annual stipend. There will be additional funds available for research expenses.

Studentship awards commence in October 2022 and will cover your tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant (currently £15,609 per annum for 2021/22 for full-time students, updated each year) and include access to an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG). 

A ‘1+3’ studentship provides funding for four years (or part-time equivalent), completing a research training master’s in the first year, followed by 3 years’ research funding for a PhD. A ‘+3’ studentship provides funding for the three years of PhD research study only (or part-time equivalent).

There are other opportunities and benefits available to studentship holders, including an overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable), internship opportunities, overseas institutional visits and other small grants.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete your application online with the following information:

  1. Course choice – please select Medical and Health Care Studies / Ph.D. / Full-time / 3 Year / October
  2. Start year – please select 2022
  3. Funding (page 8) –
  • ‘Are you funding your studies yourself?’ – please select No
  • ‘Name of Individual or organisation providing funds for study’ – please enter ‘RS54 – Data Science/Collaborative: ESRC DTP

*Please note that applications received without the above information may not be considered.

As part of your online application, you MUST upload the following documents (please do not send these via email):

  • CV should be no longer than two pages.
  • Academic / professional qualifications. Please provide copies of certificates and transcripts.
  • A cover letter. Please address to Professor Sinead Brophy and Dr Lucy Griffiths. The covering letter must set out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at Swansea University, and on the Data Science, Health and Wellbeing pathway; your understanding, and expectations of doctoral study; and your academic interests generally, and particularly of those relating to your proposed research. The covering letter should be no more than two pages. Please specify whether you wish to apply on a ‘+3’ or ‘1+3’ basis. Remember also to specify that your application concerns ESRC Wales DTP general studentships and include in your application the name(s) of your prospective supervisor(s).
  • Two references. All applications require two academic references to be submitted in support. Candidates must approach referees themselves, and submit the references with their application.
  • Evidence of meeting English Language requirement (if applicable).
  • Copy of UK resident visa (if applicable)
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Monitoring Form (please note that the data provided in this form will be separated from your application and will not be utilised as part of assessment or decision making processes)
  • Research proposal. The proposal should be up to a maximum of 1,000 words, not including bibliographic references. We suggest that you use the following five headings in your research proposal:
    • Title, aims and purpose of the research;
    • Brief overview of the academic literature relevant to your field;
    • Proposed design / methods;
    • Academic contributions of your research;
    • Bibliographic references.

Please note that incomplete applications – or applications that are received after the specified deadline – will not be accepted.

The deadline for applications is 12:00pm (GMT) on 4 February 2022.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview; interviews are expected to take place in February and March 2022. Following the interviews, a final shortlist of nominated applicants will be forwarded to a panel that is convened by the ESRC Wales DTP Management Group and at which final decisions with regard to studentship awards will be made. 

Please note that a nomination from Swansea University post-interview is no guarantee of a final studentship offer – and a nomination is not, in itself, an offer of a place. All final decisions on the allocation of studentships are made by the ESRC Wales DTP Management Group; in most cases, successful applicants can expect to hear in April 2022.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Professor Sinead Brophy (S.Brophy@swansea.ac.uk) and Dr Lucy Griffiths (Lucy.Griffiths@Swansea.ac.uk). 

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