What actually is a PhD?

Hannes Titeca 150px.jpgHannes Titeca is an ESRC-funded PhD student at the University of Exeter.

It is only as I enter the second year of my PhD that I now feel able to start answering this remarkably simple question.

Throughout my first year, I found myself constantly updating the few expectations I did have. I feel that this illustrates a more general issue of young people, as part of the wider population, not knowing enough about what doctoral study involves and how it relates to research, universities, and academia more generally. Continue reading

Supporting the next generation

j-elliottProfessor Jane Elliott took up the post of Economic and Social Research Council Chief Executive and Research Councils UK International Champion in October 2014. 

Before joining the ESRC Professor Elliott was Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Education, London, the Director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies and the Director of CLOSER (Cohorts and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources) programme. In September 2017 Jane will take up a role as Professor of Sociology at the University of Exeter.

A key priority for ESRC is to support the development of the next generation of social scientists. Formal consultations, as well as individual conversations, suggest this has widespread support among established academics, many of whom will remember the employment insecurity that they experienced in the early years of their career. Continue reading