“I feel that my PhD research and academic responsibilities within the university have benefited from my three months away (on placement). I have returned to my studies fresh and revitalised, with new ideas and a new enthusiasm for my work… I would highly recommend this scheme to other students in terms of its academic, career and personal benefits.”

Comment from a former PhD student

Student Placements

The SWDTC Placement Scheme offers you the opportunity to get work experience of up to six months in a relevant partner organisation. This can benefit your research as well as helping to enhance your CV and future employment prospects.  All SWDTC MRes or MPhil/PhD students are eligible to take part.

If you are interested in doing a placement, it is best to speak to your supervisor in the first instance, or arrange an informal discussion with the SWDTC Collaboration Facilitator, Rob Keegan.

Full-time placements are usually between one and six months.  Part-time placements can be longer subject to a cap on total working hours. Placements can start at any point during your course, subject to agreement with your supervisor and the Director of Studies. However, we normally recommend the summer period for MRes students and after the first three months but before the last three months for MPhil/PhD students.

Funding your placement

If your placement request is approved by the Academic Advisory Board you will be given the relevant extension to your ESRC award and completion timetable.

The Collaboration Facilitator will help you develop your application, as well as approaching external organisations and developing a formal placement agreement on your behalf.  You are also required to fill in an interim and end of placement report, which may be used by the SWDTC for promotion and impact reporting purposes. 

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