The Mid May 2020 edition of the ESRC Wales DTP newsletter
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Mid May 2020
Your student reps: TBC (Aberystwyth University), Caitlin O’Riordan (Bangor University), Ross Goldstone (Cardiff University), TBC (Cardiff University) and Emyr Wile (Swansea University).

A Message from the ESRC Wales DTP Director

We are pleased to be able to launch the application process for funded extensions for DTP researchers in line with UKRI guidance (see below). Our university partners have been understandably concerned about their own financial situation and the need for fairness as between all doctoral researchers. All have agreed, however, to continue their support for applications which are approved. Thanks to everyone for their patience and help with this.

We are now focussing on provision for current DTP Masters students on our 1+3 studentships. I am meeting with MSc co-ordinators from all the universities in the partnership next week to discuss next steps. Having consulted with our Postdoctoral Fellows I have brought their concerns and proposals to the ESRC and universities.

Finally, thanks very much to those of you who told us about research projects which are relevant to Covid-19 and its aftermath. We are designing a webpage to highlight this work. Do get in touch if you want to contribute. Cymerwch ofal. Take care everyone

Professor John Harrington
Director, ESRC Wales DTP

COVID-19 and Funded Extension Requests

The DTP recently issued guidance to all ESRC Wales DTP PhD students concerning requests for funded extensions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The applicable guidance depends on students' stage of funding, as judged by their current studentship funding end date (including any prior suspensions/extensions that have moved the original studentship end date).  A full copy of the guidance is available for Wales DTP students on the Wales DTP Teams forum.

Caitlin Hafferty's Reports published by Welsh Government

Wales DTP student Caitlin Hafferty (Environmental Planning, University of Gloucestershire) has had six policy research reports published by the Welsh Government following her 4-month UKRI Policy Internship undertaken in 2019.  Caitlin's internship was conducted with the Welsh Government's National Survey for Wales team, investigating aspects of well-being in Wales.  Find out more and read the reports on the Countryside and Community Research website.

Wales DTP Student Reps

The Wales DTP is seeking enthusiastic students to take up the role of DTP Student Rep at Aberystwyth University and an additional representative at Cardiff University.  Student Reps act as a conduit for comments and ideas from fellow Wales DTP funded students across the academic schools and pathways within their institution, relaying feedback to the DTP about all aspects of the student experience.  Nominees are asked to outline, briefly, why they would make a good student rep and to enlist the support of two fellow Wales DTP funded students for their nomination.  Send your nomination to the Wales DTP by 12 June.

For further details about the role visit the Wales DTP website.

British Library Research Placements

The British Library runs an annual call inviting applications from PhD researchers to undertake selected research placement projects. The scheme is designed to offer opportunities for current PhD students to apply and enhance research, communications and analytical skills and expertise outside of Higher Education as part of their wider research training and professional development.  The next round of placement opportunities will be announced in November.

For further details about the scheme visit the British Library website.

UK-Canada Globalink Doctoral Exchange Programme

Congratulations to Wales DTP students Ross Goldstone (Education, Cardiff University), Fiona Long (Social Policy, Cardiff University) and Aimee Morse (Environmental Planning, University of Gloucestershire) on their successful applications for the UK-Canada Globalink Exchange Programme.  Each will undertake a 12-week research placement at a Canadian University supported by travel, living and research costs in their chosen field of study.

The second call for the Globalink Exchange scheme can be found on the UKRI webpage.  The closing date for applications is 9 June.

Keep in Touch!

We value feedback, advice and information from our researcher community. We encourage you to follow us on Twitter (@WalesDTP) and Facebook, to make contact with the DTP Student representative at your institution, or to contact us via email or via the DTP Microsoft Teams forum.
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