ESRC PhD Studentships in the Social Sciences in the Midlands Graduate School

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The Midlands Graduate School is an accredited Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). One of 14 such partnerships in the UK, the Midlands Graduate School is a collaboration between Aston University, University of Birmingham, University of Leicester, Loughborough University, University of Nottingham and the University of Warwick.

The Partnership is looking to recruit top quality social science doctoral students to commence study in October 2019 across a range of subjects and interdisciplinary training pathways. Our ESRC studentships – covering fees, maintenance stipend (subject to eligibility), and support for innovative research training – provide exceptional opportunities for high-achieving and motivated individuals, including opportunities for collaboration.

The MGS offers 17 different training pathways that span the following social science disciplines:

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Area Studies
  • Communication & Media
  • Economic & Social History
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Health & Wellbeing and Mental Health & Wellbeing
  • Human Geography
  • Interdisciplinary Methodologies and Digital Society
  • Management & Business Studies and Finance
  • Museum Studies
  • Political Science & International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Social Policy and Social Work
  • Socio-Legal Studies
  • Sociology
  • Sport & Exercise Science

Types of awards:

Studentships are available as +3 year (PhD), +3.5 year (PhD requiring 2 ESRC research skill modules) or 4 year (1+3 – Masters leading directly to a PhD) award. All studentships are also available on a full- or part-time basis.

How to apply:

  1. Choose a Pathway and University – Before applying you will need to decide which of the available training pathways is most suitable for you, and which University you would like to study at. Not all Universities offer all pathways.
  2. Apply for admission to your chosen University – Apply for the relevant research degree at your chosen university by completing an online application for PhD admission.
  3. Complete an Application for an ESRC studentship – There are several elements to the application process which also require academic staff input, and applicants should allow plenty of time to assemble all the information required.

Full details on how to apply for funding are available here: www.mgsdtp.ac.uk/studentships/howtoapply/

The closing date for studentship applications is Tuesday 22nd January 2019


November 2018

New Research: ‘More than just a game’: family and spectacle in marketing the England Women’s Super League

‘More than just a game’: family and spectacle in marketing the England Women’s Super League

Dr. Beth Fielding-Lloyd, Dr. Donna Woodhouse and Dr. Ruth Sequerra

Soccer & Society


The Women’s Super League (WSL) is the first semi-professional women’s football league in England and the Football Association (FA) is central to reproducing its values and practices. This study employed observation at WSL matches and interviews with personnel involved in the League to identify how the FA conceptualised the WSL as a product in its first 3 years. The study found that the elite club game’s existing audience was alienated by the FA’s articulation of a heteronormative family target audience of young girls and their fathers. An overriding concern also appeared to be providing a commercialised matchday experience that goes beyond the game itself, situating the match at the periphery of broader entertainment. We argue that in positioning the WSL as a niche and new entertainment product, thereby eradicating the pre-WSL history of the elite club game, the FA has constructed women’s football as inherently distinct from, and inferior to, men’s football, negating any perceived threat to the wider gender order within the sport.



Employability Updates

Appointment booking

Introducing Rachel Gradwell

As Andrew’s appointments have been so busy, we have secured additional support from Rachel who is also an Employability Adviser within the Careers Service her at SHU.  Rachel has a lot of experience and will be happy to support you in making applications, developing your CV, preparing for interviews just as Andrew would.

Please book via UniHub– do not email Andrew or Rachel.

If you have booked an appointment and are unable to make it, please be considerate and cancel via UniHub, or drop Andrew or Rachel an email, so it can be released for another student to book.

Drop in Appointments

Andrew is offering drop-in appointments Saunders seating area between 11am and 1pm each Tuesday until Christmas.  First come, first served, max 20 minutes at busy times but should hopefully give a chance to answer any burning questions, or quick application/CV checks.


South Yorkshire Police: Becoming a Special or regular Police Constable
Monday 5 November 2pm-3pm – Main Building

Interested in a career with the Police? Come along to this informative talk about becoming a Police Special and/or a Police Officer.

Special Constables are volunteers who have the same powers as regular officers; wear the same uniform and are issued with the same protective equipment including handcuffs and baton. This is coupled with an understanding of the law and the teaching of various police procedures.

Our speaker will talk about his own varied career within the Police and the practicalities of applying for, and working, as a Special or regular constable.

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BUNAC – Internship opportunities across the globe

Tue 6 Nov 2018, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Owen Building, City Campus

BUNAC are experts in work abroad programmes and has extensive experience in offering working adventures around the World. Get stand out, global work experience on your CV!

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Higher and Further Education Sport Development Event

This event is hosted by Sheffield Hallamshire County FA and Sheffeld Hallam University. There will be keynote speakers- Richard Meek UEFA A License coach and Paul Greaves – Olympic medallist Coach as well as four workshops covering Volunteer opportunities; leadership; inclusion and coaching.

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Spotlight On… Careers inWellbeing

Thursday 22 November 5:15pm-7pm – Collegiate Campus

If you are looking for a career supporting people in their physical or mental wellbeing, whether that be diet, lifestyle, sport or wellness, then this is the event for you!

Hear insider information on what it’s really like to work in these varied industries and receive hot tips on how to successfully navigate their recruitment


Paid Roles

Swimming Teaching– Zest

Casual Lifeguard– Zest

Sports Coach– Kickstart Coaching

Coaches– Qualitas Sports

Be Your own Boss

Enterprise Action Week  12-18 November 2018

Enterprise Action Week is packed with exciting, fun competitions, networking events and skills-building workshops as well as informative employer & graduate presentations.  Whether you want to find out more about being self-employed or are keen to get the right (enterprising) skills that will make you stand out to employers, Enterprise Action Week is an absolute must for you!

Training/Coach Education

Check out: https://www.shu.ac.uk/current-students/sport/coach-education

All enquiries around training and courses in the coaching and the fitness industry should be directed to coacheducation@shu.ac.uk