PhD Studentship Opportunity – Call for Applications

Call for Applications
PhD Studentship, University of Glasgow
Funded by the ESRC and SDS (Skills Development Scotland)
Project Title:
“Transition from Education to Work”
Closing date for applications: 20th September 2013
This is an exciting opportunity for a talented quantitative graduate to research the impact of neighbourhood inequalities on transitions from education to employment using world-class data supervised by a leading interdisciplinary research team. The successful applicant will be located at the heart of the Urban Segregation and Inequality Research Project, part of the £4m ESRC AQMEN Research Centre, and work alongside other researchers investigating related topics, methods and data. The studentship is a well-resourced 3-year scholarship, co-funded by SDS (Skills Development Scotland) and the ESRC and offering the student unique access to policy and practitioner expertise and impact. The successful applicant will start as soon as possible.
Who is Eligible to Apply:
This is a quantitative project using spatio-temporal and longitudinal methods applied to large datasets, jointly supervised between the School of Social and Political Sciences, the School of Education and the School of Mathematics and Statistics. As such, we would expect candidates to have strong statistical, computing and data analysis skills. Applications are welcome from candidates with either a mathematics/statistics background, and/or a social science/economics/geography background.
How to Apply:
In order to apply, candidates should send (1) a full CV and (2) a covering letter to Professor Gwilym Pryce by 20th September 2013. Applications should be sent by email to the following address: . The covering letter should explain how your skills and interests fit with the proposed research project (further details below). We anticipate the studentship starting 1st October 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter.
If you have any queries or need any further information, please contact Professor Gwilym Pryce ( ).

Applicants are invited to apply for either of these two exciting PhD studentships. Informal inquiries can be made to Prof Mike Danson

1. Gender & Occupational Segregation in Apprenticeships Funded by the ESRC and SDS (Skills Development Scotland)

This project will carry out a major review of gender and occupational segregation in apprenticeships in Scotland. It will look at horizontal segregation (concentration in different occupational frameworks) and vertical segregation (concentration at different VQ levels) within the apprenticeship system. The project will examine the causes, nature and consequences of gender segregation across occupations in the wider economy, consider the key challenges to addressing occupational gender segregation in apprenticeships and identify good practice approaches to addressing these challenges. The studentship is a well-resourced 3-year scholarship (including an annual maintenance allowance of £13,726 and training support of £750), co-funded by SDS (Skills Development Scotland) and the ESRC and offering the student unique access to policy and practitioner expertise and impact. The successful applicant will start as soon as possible.

Supervisors: Prof Mike Danson and Prof Ailsa Mackay, GCU

2. Micro-brewing and distilling entrepreneurs: the origins, development and integration of real ale breweries and distilleries
Microbreweries have become an important element of the brewing industry over a relatively short period of time. However, research on this competitive fringe of the brewing sector remains sparse. Micro-distilleries have had a later start but are also beginning to be established. This PhD will focus on the motives, characteristics, sources of funding, and ambitions of the entrepreneurs who have established these businesses and will work closely with the International Centre for Brewing and Distilling (ICBD) at HWU to analyse evidence for take-overs and mergers, backward and forward integration and an evolving geography of production. Access to the graduates of the unique ICBD will provide a rich dataset of primary material which has not been evaluated before. It is anticipated that a mixed methodology will be appropriate. The successful applicant will be expected to make a contribution to activities in the Department in return for a fee-waiver plus an annual maintenance allowance of £13,590.
Supervisors: Dr Laura Galloway and Prof Mike Danson

In addition both studentships are entitled to a maximum of £2250 over the course of their three years of study to contribute towards conference attendance and research/training costs.

How to apply
For more information on how to apply, please contact
All applications must be submitted by 30 September 2013.

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