ADR UK is delighted to announce 20 PhD studentship opportunities to be hosted by supervisors across 13 of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs).

Three of the studentships are to be hosted in Wales and will be supported by Swansea University based ADR Wales Early Years Academic lead Professor Sinead Brophy, Swansea University’s Dr Amy Mizen and Cardiff University’s Professor Donald Forrester, using anonymised administrative data held within the SAIL Databank.

All 20 PhD studentships will use ADR UK’s new linked flagship datasets to answer policy-relevant research questions. Students are expected to begin their PhDs in October 2023 and will be funded through an investment of £1.9 million from ADR UK.

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.”

Lucy Griffiths, Associate Professor of Child Health and Swansea University Academic Lead for the ESRC Wales DTP said: “It’s great news that three of these studentships have been awarded to the Wales DTP, enabling greater use of the linked administrative data held within the SAIL Databank. We are looking forward to supporting the students as they embark on these exciting, truly insightful projects.

“Two of the projects focus on use of the Children Looked After dataset. Use of these data is integral for improving our understanding of children looked after and care leavers – research that is vital to ensure good care and positive outcomes. The third project uses environmental data to examine associations between air pollution and mental health.”

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