Information for Current Students
In this section you will find the latest version of the SWDTC Student Handbook, and also links to several key application forms and other documents that you may need. If possible it is always worth referring to the online version of the Student Handbook, as it is more regularly updated than the paper version.
The SWDTC handbook aims to provide a general introduction to the SWDTC. It should be used in conjunction with your own Programme Handbook and the ESRC Postgraduate Funding Guide.
For detailed information on your specific course, please also refer to your Department Handbook and/or websites.
For any queries regarding institutional processes please contact the following
Bath - Ana Bullock
Bristol - Hannah Quinn
Exeter - Jenny Andrews
ESRC Postgraduate Funding Guide
To help understand the administration of studentships and the introduction of Doctoral Training Grants in respect of financial payments, monitoring and evaluation, and rules, regulations and procedures please consult the ESRC Postgraduate Funding Guide.
SWDTC Student Handbook
A copy of the SWDTC handbook can be viewed here
Taking a Module at a Partner Institution
Overseas Fieldwork Allowance
Overseas Institutional Visit
Difficult Language Training
Disabled Student Allowance
If you have a disability which means that you incur additional expenditure in connection with your studies, then you may be eligible for an allowance. The allowance can covers costs such as daily expenses and equipment (photocopying and consumables to be claimed through your RTSG), and for non-medical helpers such as support workers, specialist tutors, library assistance and note-takers.
The amount of each allowance is not fixed and is determined according to the individual needs of each student.
- Any requests for DSA must be made and agreed in advance of the student committing any expenditure
- No awards can be made for retrospective purchase of any equipment, facilities or personal assistance in connection with the disability
- No expenditure can be claimed after the funding end date has passed or for support that will be provided after the funding end date
- Fees-only students are not eligible for a Disabled Student Allowance
Discuss your additional support needs with your home institution in the first instance and let the Disability Officer know that you are ESRC funded.
The Research Councils UK have adopted a harmonised approach to DSA. Additional Guidance and a claim form is available on the RCUK website www.rcuk.ac.uk/skills/training