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ESRC PhD Studentship 2012

26 October 2011



Literacy and numeracy demands and usage in the workplace

Applications are being sought for a prestigious (1+3 or +3) full time PhD Studentship, to be based in the Cardiff School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, to begin in October 2012.

This studentship will be linked to the wider work of the ESRC Centre on Skills, Knowledge & Organisational Performance (SKOPE) on low paid employment and skills, will explore managerial perceptions of workers’ need for literacy and numeracy skills, and compare and contrast this with observation of actual skill usage in a range of workplace settings. The aim is to gauge the depth, breadth and intensity of literacy and numeracy needs, and to explore what impact this has on skill usage and its relationship with how work is organised, as well as the problem of skill loss due to atrophy.

Information about the School: Cardiff School of Social Sciences is a large School with over 160 staff and a thousand undergraduate and postgraduate students. The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise rated almost all of its research to be of an international standard, with 55% of it either “world leading” or “internationally excellent”. This rating, together with the size of the School, places it amongst the top five centres in the UK. Since its creation in 2000, the School has attracted over £18 million of research funds.

Cardiff University the home of the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre, part of a national network of 21 accredited Doctoral Training Centres across the UK judged by the ESRC to deliver truly excellent postgraduate training provision.

Eligibility: Candidates should have an excellent academic background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or upper 2nd class degree; applications from those also holding a Masters degree (preferably an ESRC recognised Masters or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a +3 award. UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply (awards are open to UK Nationals, and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements; to be eligible for the full award, EU Nationals must have been in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course for which they are seeking funding, including for the purposes of full-time education).

Funding:  Full UK/EU tuition fees paid, approx. £13,590 p.a. living stipend and £750 p.a. research and training allowance.


For further information about the project and how to apply please contact Vicky Parkin:

Email  or telephone (029) 20 870855.


Closing date: December 9th                  

Interviews: Early January