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

SWDTC Student Handbook 2016/17

Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) Guidance & Top Up Application Form

Pathway Leads Contacts

Taking a Module at a Partner Institution

Module at Partner Inst Form

Overseas Fieldwork Allowance 

Overseas Fieldwork Allowance Application Form

Overseas Fieldwork Allowance Guidance Notes

Overseas Fieldwork Allowance End of Visit Report

Overseas Institutional Visit 

Overseas Institutional Visit Application Form

Overseas Institutional Visit Guidance Notes

Overseas Institutional Visit End of Visit Report

Difficult Language Training

Difficult Language Training Application Form

Difficult Language Training Guidance Notes

Difficult Language Training End of Visit Report

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