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ESRC Wales DTP Collaborative Award in Language and Communication Research: Understanding the linguistic, pragmatic and relational determinants of effective communication in dementia care in Wales

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Key facts

Application deadline 1 February 2019
Start date 1 October 2019 for the PhD or Monday 30 September 2019 for the 1+3
Duration 3 or 4 years
Funding body ESRC
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship

The Centre for Language and Communication Research, within the Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy, invites applications for a fully funded ESRC DTP studentship, available to start in October 2019.

The award is available either as straight entry to the PhD or as a one-year MA in Language and Communication Research with progression to the PhD (subject to academic performance).

The Cardiff Centre for Language and Communication Research (CLCR) is part of the School of English, Communication and Philosophy, a large multi-disciplinary school which has a dynamic and highly successful research culture. Currently there are 147 registered postgraduate research students in the School.

CLCR is one of the foremost international departments for research, research training and teaching in social, applied and interactional areas of human communication, digital and non-digital media, language and linguistics. The Centre carries excellent ratings for its research from the most recent Research Excellence Framework. It was part of a unit of assessment which was ranked 10th in the UK. Furthermore 87% of submitted outputs was classified as either (4*) (world-leading or (3*) (Internationally excellent).

In CLCR most training is incorporated in the programme of research training modules which constitute the MA/Diploma in Language and Communication. PhD students in the Centre also receive professional training and development throughout the 3 years of their doctoral programme via the Doctoral Academy. Additionally, there is a full programme of seminars and workshops for PhD students which run alongside their individual research work with their supervisors.

The very high quality of the environment and of our research training provision in CLCR means that we are part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) and can offer ESRC-funded awards. In pursuing your postgraduate research at the Centre you will become an important part of this excellent research environment.

Project aims and methods

The aim of the project is to develop and evaluate linguistically-based communication training for carers of people with dementia in Wales. The topic and basic parameters are stipulated, though the precise details of the design will be decided jointly by the student, supervisor and collaborating partner, Six Degrees. The anticipated aims of the project are:

  • to understand what prevents professional and family carers achieving their aspirations in communication with people living with dementia
  • using theories of communication and language relevant to the dementia context, to model potential paths for better support, recognising that perceptions sometimes occlude awareness of the actual challenges and their causes
  • in collaboration with Six Degrees, to understand the practicalities of introducing new ideas to busy carers, and explore, in the Welsh context, the development of effective training support in communication.

The anticipated data collection methods are interviews, observation and discourse analysis. The student will be based at Cardiff University, conduct research within Wales, and spend up to six weeks per year embedded in Six Degrees in Salford, to research its approach to communication training for dementia carers. Mentoring, training and office space will be provided by Six Degrees, along with a contribution towards the costs associated with travel and accommodation for the periods away from home. Welsh-speaking applicants may wish to propose a focus on care in the Welsh language, but this is not a requirement.

Contact

ENCAP Postgraduate Admissions

Administrative contact

Rhian Rattray

Rhian Rattray

Postgraduate Manager

Email:
rattrayr@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0322

Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
Maintenance stipend Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum
Additional funding offered In the course of their PhD candidacy, postgraduate research students may apply for additional funding up to £1250 over a period of three consecutive years (full-time) or five consecutive years (part-time), with an annual maximum of £600. The collaborative award includes access to an additional ESRC Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) though an element of this latter fund may be ‘pooled’ and require separate applications from 2019 onwards. There are other opportunities and benefits available to studentship holders, including an overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable), internship opportunities, overseas institutional visits and other small grants. PhD students also have access to a Research, Innovation, Workshop and Network Fund to support professional development and employability, to encourage emerging group/networking initiatives or organising workshops and symposia that align with the research profile of the School.

Eligibility criteria

Residency UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply
Academic criteria

Applicants from the United Kingdom will normally be expected to have a 1st or strong upper second class degree in English Language, Linguistics or a related area and, if applying directly to the PhD a relevant Masters-level qualification with a significant research training component, with marks in the high merit range.

Contact

ENCAP Postgraduate Admissions

Administrative contact

Rhian Rattray

Rhian Rattray

Postgraduate Manager

Email:
rattrayr@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0322

You will need to make your application for either (a) the MA Language and Communication Research with Progression to the 3 Year PhD programme or (b) to the PhD in Language and Communication Research.

Within the online PhD application form, you should indicate in the funding section that you are applying for an ESRC collaborative award. In the section marked ‘Research Project Title’ please write the title of this collaborative award, Understanding the linguistic, pragmatic and relational determinants of effective communication in dementia care in Wales” (or a recognisable shortened version). In the section marked ‘Supervisor’ please write ‘Alison Wray’.

  • Covering letter: Please address this to the Director of PGR studies for the Centre for Language and Communication Research, Dr Sara Pons-Sanz. The covering letter must set out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at Cardiff and within the Linguistics pathway, your understanding and expectations of doctoral study, and a summary of why you consider yourself a strong candidate for acceptance onto the PhD programme and for the Scholarship award. The covering letter should be no more than two pages. Please also specify whether you wish to apply on a +3 or 1+3 basis, and if the former, why your existing experience exempts you from the MA year.
  • Personal statement: You should use this section to provide information that supports your application for admission, such as relevant skills, experience, knowledge and career goals. Make clear your academic interests and what you have previously studied, with particular focus on elements relevant to the research topic of the studentship, and your experience a student/researcher in the area of language, communication and/or health care. You should indicate how you think you will be able to contribute to the project and how it aligns with your research interests and goals. Please include a short section on ideas and issues that you think might arise from addressing the anticipated aims of the project.
  • References: All applications for ESRC funding require two academic references to be submitted in support. Candidates must approach referees themselves and include references with their application.
  • Proof of English Language Competency: Applicants whose first language is not English must supply proof of English Language Competency (7.0 IELTS minimum for MA and 7.5 IELTS for entry directly onto the PhD).
  • Curriculum Vitae: It should be no longer than two pages.
  • A writing sample (3000 words maximum): This sample should demonstrate (post-) graduate level academic writing. It may be an excerpt from an academic essay or dissertation. Alternatively, you may include a short academic publication or an excerpt from such a publication. The writing sample is used to gauge your capability to reach, in due course, the high standards required for completing a PhD and publishing your research. Your writing sample should be uploaded along with your application form.

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

Contact

ENCAP Postgraduate Admissions

Administrative contact

Rhian Rattray

Rhian Rattray

Postgraduate Manager

Email:
rattrayr@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0322

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