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Leeds University Business School Work and Employment Relations Department Scholarship 2023/24


Key facts

Friday 26 May 2023
Funding start date
Sunday 1 October 2023
Number of funding places
Country eligibility
International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
Source of funding
University of Leeds
Key staff
Dr Ioulia Bessa and Professor Charles Umney
Work and Employment Relations
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

Up to three scholarships are available to International and UK applicants applying to a PhD programme in the Leeds University Business School Work and Employment Relations Department (WERD). The Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC) is the research unit associated with the Work and Employment Relations Department. CERIC research is concerned with examining the changing nature of employment relations. It brings together researchers from diverse fields including industrial relations, employment law, human resource management, the sociology of work, labour economics, digitalisation, automation, platformisation, and the future of work.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible"Full description</h2>

<p>CERIC&rsquo;s research is centred on three key themes.</p> <ol> <li>Social inequalities</li> </ol> <p>As social and economic changes unfold, the patterns and dynamics of inequalities shift and change. Identifying and understanding inequalities within work, employment and employment relations is an important aspect of the work of many CERIC scholars. Our research explores the construction, distribution and persistence of inequalities within a range of domains spanning work, employment, careers, professions and occupations, education and skills, representation and mobilisation. Research interrogates different analytical levels ranging from the individual and organisational to the economic, state and international. CERIC has a critical mass of expertise in the area of gender (in)equalities, feminist perspectives and analysis of work-family-care interdependencies. Our scholars have interest in understanding aspects of inequality such as race and ethnicity, disability, age and class. A further focus of our work on this theme is on mobility, migration and citizenship. Our interest in inclusive work marks an attention to identifying ways to advance equality and to tackle social exclusion in the domains of work, employment and society.</p> <ol start="2" type="1"> <li>Voice and representation</li> </ol> <p>The challenges for workers in today&rsquo;s labour markets are formidable. Many workers are experiencing increasingly precarious employment and greater exploitation, yet at the same time traditional collective interest representation is declining. Trade union response to the impact of neoliberalism in the economic and political arenas has been muted, despite recognition that there is a need to (re)organise new groups of workers in sections of the labour market that have remained outside the remit of trade unions. Members of CERIC study the industrial relations and social impact of the restructuring of labour and employment relations (such as the growth of subcontracting and agency employment) and the consequences of this for collective responses to these new conditions. They look at trade unions, community organisations and new forms of labour organising, including research on how technology is impacting upon representation and voice. Research has considered the strategic response of unions to restructuring in both manufacturing and service work (such as hospitality and cleaning); socially responsible restructuring; sex work and sex workers&rsquo; labour organisation in Argentina; labour unions and the integration of immigrant workers across Europe and the USA, and the extent to which community organising provides a way for unions to expand their research by linking up with organisations outside of the workplace.</p> <ol start="3" type="1"> <li>Digital futures of work</li> </ol> <p>There is much speculation about how digital technologies are reshaping work, but an absence of robust evidence. A core interest of CERIC is in understanding the impact and interaction of digital technologies for employers, employees and their representatives, job seekers and governments. CERIC research provides theoretically informed, empirically evidenced and policy relevant analysis of the benefits, risks and challenges of digital technologies. A new Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded Research Centre Digit has been established jointly, between CERIC and the University of Sussex, equivalent to &pound;8m starting in January 2020 for five years. The <a href="">Digital Futures at Work Research Centre (Digit)</a> aims to provide a compelling empirical base that will allow policy makers to move beyond current levels of speculation, while contributing intellectually to contemporary debates on the future of work.</p> <p><strong>Information about the Award</strong></p> <ul> <li>This competition is open to home and international and applicants. Up to three scholarships will be awarded.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Duration of the Award</strong></p> <ul> <li>Full-time (3.5 years). The award will be made for one year in the first instance and renewable for a further period of up to two and a half years, subject to satisfactory academic progress.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Funding</strong></p> <ul> <li>The award will cover full fees at the University of Leeds standard rate of fees.</li> <li>A maintenance grant at the standard UKRI rate (&pound;17,668 in Session 2022/23).</li> </ul> <p><strong>Other Conditions</strong></p> <ul> <li>Applicants must not have already been awarded or be currently studying for a doctoral degree.</li> <li>Awards must be taken up by 1st October 2023.</li> <li>The awards are available for new Postgraduate Researchers undertaking full-time or part-time research study leading to the degree of PhD. Students who are already registered for PhD research study are excluded from applying.</li> <li>Applicants must live within a reasonable distance of the University of Leeds whilst in receipt of this Scholarship.</li> </ul>

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Faculty information</h2>

<p><strong>Information about Leeds University Business School (LUBS)</strong></p> <p>We are a leading, full-service business school, regularly world ranked by the Financial Times, QS and The Economist, and one of a small number of schools worldwide to be triple accredited by AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. We deliver Undergraduate, Master&rsquo;s, MBA, PhD, executive and professional education and online study, to over 5000 students from around 100 countries.</p> <p>We are a top ten business and management research institution, according to the 2014 <a href="">Research Excellence Framework (REF). </a>The School is one of the leading higher education institutions in the UK, ranked in the <a href="">top 100 universities in the world </a>(QS rankings 2022) and a member of the prestigious <a href="">Russell Group </a>of research-intensive UK universities.</p> <p>Our six departments form the framework for our teaching and research. Much of our research involves cross-departmental, cross-University, cross-institutional and international collaborations organised through cross-disciplinary Research Centres. Our mission is to make an exceptional impact on business and society globally through leadership in research and teaching.</p> <p><strong>Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC)</strong></p> <p>CERIC is the research unit associated with the Work and Employment Relations Department. The central objective of the Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC) is to contribute to contemporary, national and international debates surrounding the changing dynamic and the future of work, employment and labour markets, through high-quality research, teaching and knowledge transfer. An ambitious research initiative, CERIC draws from the expertise of scholars at Leeds University Business School and the Faculty of Social Sciences. The Centre aims to create a vibrant research environment incorporating established, doctoral and visiting researchers.</p> <p>A distinctive element of the work of CERIC is the understanding of employment processes and outcomes within a broader regulatory and structural context. In empirical terms, CERIC&#39;s research is broadly concerned with examining the modernisation of employment relations, and how processes of organisational restructuring and innovation shape patterns of continuity and change in employment relations. It evaluates the consequences of such change for different stakeholders and is committed to developing new strategic and policy-relevant visions.</p> <p><strong>International connections</strong></p> <p>CERIC draws from the expertise located in the Business School&#39;s <a href="">Work and Employment Relations Department </a>(WERD). Centre researchers have backgrounds in employment relations, human resource management (HRM), economics, sociology and political science. Since 2000 our experts have attracted over &pound;1.5m of research funding from leading funding bodies. Members of CERIC have extensive experience of working with organisational and representative bodies on applied research projects. This research regularly informs worldwide policy making in government circles, with researchers inputting into contemporary strategy and policy debates and publishing in leading international journals.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p><strong>Stage 1: </strong>First, apply for a research place of study by completing a <a href="">study application form</a>. You will be expected to meet our <a href="">eligibility criteria </a>for PhD candidates, including the English language requirements if your first language is not English. Once you have received your student ID number (a 9-digit number) move onto stage 2.</p> <p><strong>Stage 2: </strong>Apply for the Leeds University Business School Work and Employment Relations Department scholarship by working your way through the <a href="">scholarship application form</a>. You must submit your scholarship application by <strong>12:00 pm (UK time) on Friday 26<sup>th</sup> May 2023.</strong></p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the <a href="">Faculty&#39;s minimum English language requirements </a>(below).</p> <p><em>As an international research-intensive university, we welcome students from all walks of life and from across the world. We foster an inclusive environment where all can flourish and prosper, and we are proud of our strong commitment to student education. Across all Faculties we are dedicated to diversifying our community and we welcome the unique contributions that individuals can bring, and particularly encourage applications from, but not limited to Black, Asian, people who belong to a minority ethnic community, people who identify as LGBT+ and people with disabilities. Applicants will always be selected based on merit and ability.</em></p>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

Candidates should ideally have a first-class or at least a good upper second-class undergraduate degree. Candidates should hold a British Masters degree (or equivalent degree from an overseas university) or an equivalent professional qualification:<br /> <br /> with a minimum average score of 60 percent (or equivalent); and in an appropriate academic discipline.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

On all research degree programmes a pass in an approved test in English is required for applicants whose first language is not English. The approved tests and minimum required scores are detailed below. Please note that test scores are valid for 2 years.<br /> <br /> IELTS (Academic) Overall score of at least 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in each section. <br /> <br /> TOEFL iBT We require an overall test result of 100 with the following minimum scores required in each of these sections: Listening 21, Reading 21, Speaking 23, Writing 22.

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

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