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SCDTP Studentship - Career Readiness, Employability and Capitals: the role of socio-economic background

Southampton Education School

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £14777
(18/19 UKRI rate)
Closing Date:  Thursday 24 January 2019
Reference:  1079418CJ

Career Readiness, Employability and Capitals: the role of socio-economic background

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2019/20 Academic Year.

Supervisory Team:

Dr Michael Tomlinson ( (Education) and Dr Sarah Kirby (Psychology).

This project will investigate the career readiness and employability of first-generation students studying at a Russel Group English HEI. Informed by concepts of graduate capitals and career readiness, the project aims to better understand the opportunities and challenges experienced by students from lower socio-economic backgrounds, their strategies and approaches to developing their career profiles and the ways in which these are shaped by their HE experiences. The project will involve a mixed-methods approach, including the analysis of large-scale psychometric survey data and narrative interviews with first generation students on their experience of HE and engagement with the labour market.

Skills Required

The student would require a background in Social Sciences or Education, with a particular interest in sociology of education and work and social psychology. They would need to have an interest in mixed methods. This will include fundamental knowledge of quantitative data collection and analysis, including knowledge of psychometric survey tools, factor analysis and principal component analysis, as well as an interest in narrative and life-course interviews. We would be happy for the student to enter on the I-PhD route should they require further training.


South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £14777 (2018/19 UKRI rate), plus payment of all programme fees.  Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found on the SCDTP website (

Funding is provided for 3 years full-time PhD study (pro-rata for part-time students).  Applications for 1+3 funding for students completing a Master's year prior to the commencement of PhD study are also welcome (details available at

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications is 11.59pm on 24th January 2019.  The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at:

For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above.  For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us at

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