Consultation on ESRC review of PhD in Social Sciences - you can contribute!

  • 16 Jul 2020 17:41
    Message # 9106597
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The ESRC has sent the following message, inviting responses to their consultation on the PhD in the Social Sciences. We can respond to this as an organisation—I would welcome your views on this, which you can send to me directly. But you are also invited to respond on an individual basis. Please do have a look to see whether you can contribute to this!

    Caroline Heycock,
    President, LAGB


    ESRC has launched an open consultation to inform our Review of the PhD in the Social Sciences. Through the consultation we want to capture views on the strengths and limitations of current doctoral study from within and outside of the social sciences. We are particularly interested in examples from existing experience, the learning from trials of new or innovative approaches, and views of areas where change would be beneficial to enhance skills and ensure doctoral graduates are fully prepared for a range of future careers with their health and wellbeing safeguarded.  We would like to hear from a diverse range of stakeholders and are seeking the views from all members of the research community, learned societies, government, business, third-sector organisations and others who have an interest in the future skills needed by social science PhD students. The findings of this review will directly inform the ESRC’s strategy for doctoral training and for recommissioning our Doctoral Training Partnerships in 2022/23.

    Alongside the launch of this consultation, we are also publishing a comprehensive assessment of existing research evidence on the structure, funding and assessment of social science doctoral training. Please engage directly with the consultation and promote amongst your contacts and networks. The consultation is open until 16 September 2020.

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