ADR UK grants 20 PhD studentship opportunities focused on quantitative research using linked administrative data

Categories: Research using linked data, ADR UK Partnership

16 December 2022

Ranging in topic from education, crime and justice, to the world of work, these new ADR UK-funded PhD studentships will promote the wider use of administrative data for research, leading to better informed policy decisions and more effective public services. In addition, these studentships will also support ESRC DTPs in developing their capacity in priority areas highlighted by the ESRC’s review of the PhD in the social sciences, including data skills and advanced quantitative methods training. 

This investment supports the ADR UK Training and Capacity Building Strategy (2021-2026) to increase the number of researchers able to analyse complex linked administrative datasets. It also complements existing ESRC-funded programmes to grow awareness of and opportunities for using administrative data across the life course of researchers. 

As a cohort, these students will be accessing the full breadth of linked, research-ready administrative datasets available to researchers across the UK, in a supportive and collaborative environment. - Dr Emma Gordon

Application assessments and funding decisions were made by a specially convened, independent expert panel. Funded students will be the responsibility of their university and the DTP to which their university belongs, and will be subject to the same terms and conditions as students funded directly by the ESRC.  

However, this cohort of students will also receive support from ADR UK to ensure they can make the most of this opportunity. ADR UK will facilitate networking between students and supervisors included in this initiative. Where necessary, we will also support successful students in the application process for accessing data and in finding relevant, appropriate and fulfilling placement opportunities. 

Prospective students are encouraged to check their DTP website (linked below) in early 2023 for further information. 

Emma Gordon, Director of ADR UK said: “We are incredibly excited to announce these 20 ADR UK-funded PhD studentships. As a cohort, these students will be accessing the full breadth of linked, research-ready administrative datasets available to researchers across the UK, in a supportive and collaborative environment. We have worked hard with data owners and early users of these datasets to ensure the information and learning structures around how to use these datasets are all in place, so the students have a positive research experience. We look forward to welcoming these students to the ADR UK community, and supporting them through their PhD journey.” 

Professor John Harrington, Director of the Wales DTP said: “We’re pleased to have this opportunity to build on our current strengths in collaboration with ADR Wales and the SAIL Databank at Swansea University, to enhance our capacity in the ESRC Wales DTP for research using administrative data, and look forward to joining this UK-wide cohort.

"Administrative data presents an invaluable opportunity for research that has the potential to improve lives, as researchers on the DTP’s pathway on Data Science Health and Wellbeing have shown over recent years. I’m pleased to see opportunities like the ADR UK-funded PhD studentships, which will help to remove barriers and provide researchers with the skills and resources they need to pursue research using linked administrative data.” 

About the studentships

ESRC DTP Primary Supervisor Institution ADR UK Flagship Datasets

Cambridge Social Science DTP 

Dr Sonia Ilie 

University of Cambridge (Faculty of Education) 

  • Grading and Admissions Data for England (GRADE) 

Dr Paolo Campana 

University of Cambridge (Institute of Criminology) 

  • Data First: Criminal Justice System Linked Datasets 

London Interdisciplinary Social Science DTP 

Professor Michael Sanders 

King’s College London (The Policy Institute) 

  • Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 

  • Grading and Admissions Data for England (GRADE) 

Dr Hannah Dickson 

King’s College London (Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience) 

  • Data First: Ministry of Justice – Department for Education Linked Dataset 

LSE DTP 

Dr Sara Geneletti Inchauste 

London School of Economics (Department of Statistics) 

  • Data First: Criminal Justice System Linked Datasets 

  • Data First: Ministry of Justice – Department for Education Linked Dataset 

Midlands Graduate School DTP 

Professor Martin Phillips 

University of Leicester (School of Geography, Geology and the Environment) 

  • Wage and Employment Dynamics Phase 1 

Northern Ireland and North East DTP 

Professor Peter McMeekin 

Northumbria University (Nursing, Midwifery & Health) 

  • Wage and Employment Dynamics Phase 1 

North West Social Science DTP 

Professor Alex Singleton 

University of Liverpool (School of Environmental Sciences) 

  • Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 

  • Wage and Employment Dynamics Phase 1 

Scottish Graduate School of Social Science DTP 

Professor Susan McVie 

University of Edinburgh (School of Law) 

  • Scottish Government: Looked After Children Longitudinal Dataset 

Dr Jasmin Wertz 

University of Edinburgh (School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences) 

  • Growing Up in England (GUIE) Dataset 

South Coast DTP 

Professor Athina Vlachantoni 

University of Southampton (Department of Gerontology) 

  • Wage and Employment Dynamics Phase 1 

South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) DTP 

Professor Holly Joseph 

University of Reading (Institute of Education) 

  • Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 

  • Growing Up in England (GUIE) Dataset 

South West DTP 

Professor George Leckie 

University of Bristol (School of Education) 

  • Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 

  • Growing Up in England (GUIE) Dataset 

Professor Helen Dodd 

University of Exeter (Medical School) 

  • Growing Up in England (GUIE) Dataset 

UCL, Bloomsbury and East London DTP 

Professor Emla Fitzsimons 

University College London (Centre for Longitudinal Studies) 

  • Data First: Ministry of Justice – Department for Education Linked Dataset 

Dr Vasiliki Totsika 

University College London (Division of Psychiatry) 

  • Growing Up in England (GUIE) Dataset 

Wales DTP 

Dr Amy Mizen 

Swansea University  

  • Welsh Environmental Dataset 

Professor Sinéad Brophy 

Swansea University (Health Data Science) 

  • Data First: Family Court – Cafcass Linked Dataset 

  • Growing Up in England (GUIE) Dataset 

  • Children Looked After Datasets Wales 

  • Scottish Government: Looked After Children Longitudinal Dataset 

Professor Donald Forrester 

Cardiff University (School of Social Sciences) 

  • Data First: Criminal Justice System Linked Datasets 

  • Data First: Family Court – Cafcass Linked Dataset 

  • Children Looked After Datasets Wales 

White Rose Social Sciences DTP 

Professor Peter Wright 

University of Sheffield (Department of Economics) 

  • Wage and Employment Dynamics Phase 1 

 

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