This noticeboard is intended to support PhD students using administrative data. Here you will find information about relevant upcoming events, training resources, and placement opportunities. Information that is specific to the 2023 ADR UK PhD cohort is clearly labelled and flagged with an icon.
Check back with this page regularly for information and updates. We’d love to hear your feedback using the ‘help us improve’ button at the end of the page. You can also email your questions directly to us at ADRStudentships@esrc.ukri.org.
Networking and events
ADR UK is committed to supporting researchers to unlock the potential of administrative data. We encourage all students to get involved in any events, training or opportunities relevant to your areas of interest. You can find a list of opportunities on our events page.
ADR UK PhD studentship induction events
ADR UK is delighted to be supporting a cohort of 22 PhD students using our flagship datasets. The following events have been designed to support this cohort of students:
- 10-11 January 2024: In-person induction for full cohort.
- 17 October 2023: Student induction (online) - past, read the slide deck
Methodological Special Interest Group: Analytical methods for administrative data research
This group is a forum for discussion, networking and dissemination of methodological insight on administrative data. A programme of activities will be developed based on emerging needs. This group is run by the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) and is open to all PhD students using administrative data for research.
Learn more about how these groups work: NCRM Engagement | Methodological Special Interest Groups
Resources & training
Administrative data research can be complex (though rewarding)! Luckily there is an ever-growing range of resources and training available to you.
The section Skills and resources to use administrative data on the ADR UK Learning Hub supports individuals to build confidence in using administrative data for research. It breaks more complex aspects down into engaging modules like bias, code, and public engagement.
There is also a range of other places to find the support you need:
Undertaking a high-quality placement in academia, policy, business or civil society organisations will give you the opportunity to develop transferable skills and apply your research skills in different contexts.
Below are some examples of PhD placement opportunities you may consider as part of your PhD programme. Please contact the organisations listed below directly with any questions you may have.
All ADR UK-funded PhD students have funding provided for a maximum three-month placement. Further guidance on placements can be found in the ESRC Postgraduate Training and Development Guidelines 2022.
UKRI Policy Internships scheme
Duration: Three months
Important dates: Check the website for recruitment dates
Opportunity topic: The UKRI Policy Internships scheme provides an opportunity for UKRI-funded doctoral students to undertake a three-month placement at one of a selected group of influential policy organisations.
HM Government’s Open Innovation Team: PhD Placement Scheme
Duration: Minimum of three months
Important dates: Run all year, with two recruitment rounds in June and October
Opportunity topic: The Open Innovation Team is a cross-government unit that works on a wide range of policies, including health, justice, education, housing, foreign policy, digital transformation and many others. Successful applicants can expect to work on a diverse range of policy projects and are not expected to have prior experience of policy or knowledge of the policy area they are asked to work on.
Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology PhD fellowship scheme
Duration: Typically three months
Important dates: Fellowship scheme involves multiple learned societies, professional associations, and funding bodies with different recruitment dates
Opportunity topic: You will not choose what topic you will be working on. Often fellows are allocated a topic in a field that is entirely new to them. They have the opportunity to delve into novel and exciting areas of research, develop a unique understanding of the UK Parliament, and forge relationships with key stakeholders.
British Library PhD Placement Scheme
Duration: Three months (or part time equivalent)
Important dates: Annual call for applications - contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to mailing list
Opportunity topic: The broad scope and areas of the PhD placement projects are set in advance by the British Library. A project profile for each placement lists the expected tasks and outcomes, the training and experience offered to the student, and any required knowledge or skills. All projects provide scope for students to define areas of focus depending on their own interests and include a range of opportunities for professional and personal development.
ADR UK wants to ensure you have the support you need throughout your studentship. We have a strong relationship with a number of data owners and data processors and are keen to realise our mission of transforming the way researchers access the UK’s wealth of public sector data.
Keep track of quarterly reporting
As an ADR UK-funded PhD student, we will be in touch to arrange a virtual check-in within the first six months of your studentship. This meeting should include your primary supervisor.
Throughout your studentship, you are also required to submit progress check-in reports on a quarterly basis using the ADR UK reporting template. These reports should be reviewed and signed off by your primary supervisor. Electronic signatures are acceptable.
Submit your reports to ADRStudentships@esrc.ukri.org with the subject line:
ADR UK PHD STUDENTSHIPS QUARTERLY CHECKIN - DTP name - Student surname - Reporting Period.
Don’t forget to copy in your supervisor and DTP Director.
Confirm you have data access
Within the first year of your studentship, please submit confirmation that you have been given permission to use all necessary datasets for your project. This can be from the UK Statistics Authority Research Accreditation Panel, or similar if accessing data via the ADR UK trusted research environments in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.
Please e-mail your confirmed data access status to ADRStudentships@esrc.ukri.org with the subject line:
ADR UK PHD STUDENTSHIPS DATA APPROVALS - DTP name - Student surname
If for whatever reason, you are not able to confirm proof of your access to all the required datasets within the first year of your programme, please provide as much information as possible. This should include details of approvals that are still pending, implications on the delivery and timings of the projects and potential contingency plans.
Deposit your code in the secure environment
Don’t forget an essential component of your ADR UK funding is that any statistical code and enhanced user documentation or guides generated by your work must be made available through one of the ADR UK-funded trusted research environments:
Know your supervisory team
In accordance with the Quality Assurance Agency Code of Practice on Postgraduate Research Programmes, all students must have a supervisory team – which means that single supervisor arrangements are not permissible. If you don’t know who the members of your supervisory team are, please contact your primary supervisor.
Also, in order to support you, at least one member of your supervisory team must be an accredited researcher. Get in touch if you or your supervisor(s) have any questions about this process.
Finally, please let us know ASAP if there is ever a change to your supervisory team.
Acknowledge ADR UK as your funder
As an ADR UK-funded student, you and your supervisory teams are expected to:
- display the ESRC and ADR UK logos on all publications and materials (including reports, presentations, websites, and stationery).
- acknowledge ADR UK’s support in any publication, presentation, and media coverage. The recommended acknowledgement is:
This work [was/is] supported by ADR UK (Administrative Data Research UK), an Economic and Social Research Council investment (part of UK Research and Innovation).
- provide ADR UK with advance notice and sight of all public communications and press releases and to notify ADR UK of publicity or coverage in the media.
- use an appropriate dataset citation in all published research, referencing the relevant digital object identifier (DOI) where one exists. The recommended citation format is:
[Data controller], released [Release date format XX Month 20XX], ONS website, dataset, dataset name [dataset landing page URL link embedded]. DOI: [DOI]