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ESRC PhD Studentship 2012 - Ysgoloriaeth PhD ESRC 2012

12 December 2011

ESRC WISERD Doctoral Studentships


Evaluating the Foundation Phase - Gwerthuso'r Cyfnod Sylfaen

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.

The Foundation Phase (FP) is one of the Welsh Assembly Government’s most exciting policies, marking a radical departure from the more assessment-driven competency-based approaches to early childhood education that have been adopted elsewhere. The Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research Methods and Data (WISERD) and Cardiff University School of Social Sciences is undertaking a three-year evaluation of the Foundation Phase to: (a) see how well the FP is being implemented and highlight ways in which improvement can be made (the process evaluation); (b) what impact the FP has had to date (the outcome evaluation); (c) to assess the value for money of the FP (the economic evaluation); and (d) to put in place an evaluation framework for the future tracking of outputs and outcomes of the FP (the evaluation framework). This studentship will be linked to this evaluation and will benefit from being part of the evaluation research team and our links with the evaluation’s sponsor, the Welsh Government. The specific focus of the studentship will complement the evaluation and will be finally determined in discussion with the successful applicant, the evaluation team and the Welsh Government, but could include issues relating to, although not exclusively, the following: professionalization of the FP workforce; gender and social differences; progression and transition from the FP to KS2 and KS3; pre-school settings; out-of school learning; leadership and management of the FP.

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: February 10th                                                

Interviews: Mid February

Research Degrees at the Cardiff School of Social Sciences


Contact Details

Miss Victoria Parkin
Administrative Assistant, Research and Graduate Studies

Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 70855Extension:70855