The ESRC Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Warwick, one of 21 such centres in the UK, embodies the university’s commitment to producing the next generation of leaders in social science research. Internationally renowned for its research excellence, Warwick is now inviting applications for an ESRC-funded Collaborative PhD Studentship, in association with our collaborative partner Adviza, to commence in October 2016.

PhD Content

The plan for the research is to investigate the use of information communications technology (ICT) and labour market intelligence (LMI) in careers education and guidance. It will explore methodological findings in a rich literature surrounding the use of ICT and LMI in supporting school-to-work transitions. The research plan will focus on how practices can be successfully transferred and adapted to support pedagogy and andragogy in differing education and employment contexts.


The project will be jointly supervised by Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE (IER) and Professor Chris Warhurst (IER). Part of the PhD will also be co-supervised by Sue Gale (Adviza).


The successful candidate will have a strong academic background, ideally with a Master’s degree in a relevant subject. ESRC studentships, which cover fees and maintenance stipend and extensive support for research training, as well as research activity support grants, can only be awarded to applicants who fulfil ESRC eligibility criteria. To check your eligibility, visit:

Application Process

To be considered for this PhD studentship, please email the IER Administrative Officer, attaching a single pdf document that includes the following:

  • A cover letter (maximum 2 pages) indicating your interest in the PhD and how your experience to date prepares you for this PhD study;
  • a full academic CV;
  • The postal address, email and telephone number details for two academic referees who can comment on your suitability for PhD study (and who can be contacted in advance of the interviews).

The subject line of your email should be Collaborative Studentship

Application deadline: Friday 22 April 2016, 12 noon

Interviews: Thursday 26 May 2016