Leeds Social Sciences Institute

The White Rose DTP at Leeds

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About the DTP

White Rose Doctoral Training CentreThe White Rose Doctoral Training Centre in Social Sciences (DTC) was established in January 2011 with an investment from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to provide a national training centre for postgraduate researchers in social sciences. By combining the expertise of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York, the DTC delivers excellent supervision, first class training and vibrant intellectual environments for postgraduate research students.

The academic year 2016/17 was the last year of operation for the current DTC, which will be replaced from October 2017 by the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP). The new WRDTP will build on the success of the White Rose DTC universities of Sheffield, York and Leeds by bringing in the social sciences research excellence of the Universities of Bradford, Hull, Manchester Metropolitan and Sheffield Hallam.

Like the WRDTC, the WRDTP will offer a range of scholarships across core disciplines and interdisciplinary areas, meaning greater scope for ground-breaking research projects. PhD researchers will have access to national and international networks of industrial partners, opinion formers, policy makers and academics, enabling us to produce doctoral graduates with outstanding skills and flexibility.

Some of the activities offered or supported by the WRDTC which will continue in the WRDTP are:

•Training courses, seminars, and workshops
•Pathway specific and interdisciplinary activities
•Networking events
•Knowledge exchange and research impact
•Collaborative links to organisations in the private, public and third sector

It is important to note that currently, all social sciences PGRs, regardless of their source of funding, are considered to be part of the White Rose DTC and are invited to take advantage of training opportunities and events. Occasionally, there are opportunities available only to ESRC-funded students, and it is clearly specified when this is the case.

The main point of information on policies and upcoming activities is the WRDTC website at the address http://wrdtc.ac.uk/. The website will also contain updates on the WRDTP in due course.

Updated November 2016

Who we are

Schools and faculties involved in the Social Sciences at Leeds

Social science disciplines at Leeds are spread out in five different Faculties. The Schools involved are:

Structure and Roles

– Pathways

The White Rose DTC is structured around twenty discipline-based Training Pathways.

From October 2017, these will be replaced by seven thematic Pathways in the DTP:

1. Cities, Environment, and Liveability (CEL)
2. Security, Conflict, and Justice (SCJ)
3. Education, Childhood, and Youth (ECY)
4. Data, Communication, and New Technologies (DCT)
5. Wellbeing, Health, and Communities (WHC)
6. Sustainable Growth, Management, and Economic Productivity (SMP)
7. Civil Society, Development, and Democracy (CDD)

Each Pathway has a Pathway leader in each of the three universities. The Pathway leaders coordinate activities within the Pathway. For a detailed role description and contact of Pathway leaders please see the dedicated page on the WRDTC website. Pathway leaders for WRDTP Pathways will be recruited during 2016/17

– The Academic Quality Committee

The White Rose DTC is managed by an Academic Quality Committee (AQC), which consists of members from the three universities. The White Rose DTP will also have an Academic Quality Committee, which will include members from the four new regional partners.

– Contacts

The Academic Lead for the White Rose DTC at Leeds is Stuart Lister (School of Law).

The DTC at Leeds is supported by a coordinator, Elisa Coati.

Queries relating to studentships are dealt with by Shirley Yeadon in the Scholarships Office, who is the ESRC nominated contact for the University of Leeds

Studentships 2017-18

ESRC WRDTP Studentships at the University of Leeds 2017-18

The ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership will be in place from October 2017.

For 2017-18 entry, the White Rose DTP will offer the following studentships. These can be taken either on a 1+3* or +3 basis**

*1+3 Studentships (4 year programme): an integrated research Training Masters with a 3-year PhD programme.
**+3 Studentships (3 year programme): for 3-year PhD study, for candidates who have already completed an appropriate Masters degree or research training programme.

WRDTP Pathway Awards

PhD Studentships are offered in the disciplines below. Each PhD project will be part of a thematic Pathway.

Prospective candidates should contact departments directly for more information. The deadline for application for these studentships was 1st February 2017.

Further information and application form are available from: http://scholarships.leeds.ac.uk/

Other ESRC White Rose DTP studentships available in 2017-18:

  • Departments can nominate applicants for WRDTP ESRC Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) Studentships. These AQM Studentships are available to applicants who intend to use AQM in their project. The deadline for applications was 1st February 2017.
  • WRDTP Interdisciplinary Research Awards – details coming soon

All studentships will be awarded by the end of April 2017 or asap after that date.

If you have any queries please contact Shirley Yeadon s.yeadon@adm.leeds.ac.uk, ESRC nominated contact, or Elisa Coati e.coati@leeds.ac.uk , WRDTP Leeds coordinator

ESRC CDT – Data Analytics and Society

Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Analytics and Society

16 funded PhD positions are available for 2017 in the ESRC Centre for Data Analytics and Society at the Universities of Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield.

The CDT will encourage significant advances which bring together social science with methods from computing, mathematics and the natural sciences.

This is an exciting opportunity to undertake a 4-year funded integrated PhD and MSc in Data Analytics and Society.

The programme will include an integrated MSc in Data Analytics over the first two years which will provide you with the foundation skills to complete your research project.

The Centre will focus on

  • Promoting the creation and analysis of new longitudinal and streamed data resources for socio-economic investigations.
  • Creating new methods (e.g. scaling up existing methods for real time big data analytics),
  • Investigating social processes (e.g. virtualisation of retailing; data-driven decision making and social behaviours)
  • Facilitating interventions (e.g. resource targeting, network planning, social media apps for diet, travel, lifestyle planning).

Projects are available across a range of subject areas including Demographics, Transport, Health, Retail, and Politics. All projects have been developed in conjunction with external organisations and can be seen here – https://datacdt.org/projects/

Visit https://datacdt.org/industry-partners/ for a list of our industrial partners.

For more information about the programme, curriculum, partners involved and the eligibility criteria please visit https://datacdt.org/  or email DataCDT@leeds.ac.uk


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