Studentship in Understanding Belonging for People with Profound Intellectual Disabilities
University of Southampton Southampton Education School
United Kingdom

ESRC South Coast DTP Studentship - Understanding belonging for people with profound intellectual disabilities (S2112)

Southampton Education School

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £15,285 (2020/21 UKRI rate)
Closing Date:  Monday 18 January 2021
Reference:  SCDTP-S2112

Understanding belonging for people with profound intellectual disabilities 

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2021/22 Academic Year.

This PhD project enables a suitably qualified and experienced applicant to undertake a critical exploration of belonging and identity for young people with profound intellectual disabilities. The doctoral researcher will work directly with one or more profoundly intellectually disabled person (and those close to them). They will develop creative, social research methods to explore the connective value of belonging and identity work and develop knowledge that has potential to drive innovation in how such young people interact with education, healthcare, research, social care, the arts and community life. Their work should have potential to impact on learning and well-being.

Supervisory Team:

Melanie Nind (), Education, and Jo Hope, (), Health Sciences 

Skills Required

Excellent interpersonal skills in relating to young people with profound intellectual disabilities; ability to work non-verbally to build rapport and generate data; skill in handling complex concepts (belonging, identity) and applying them in new practical and theoretical spheres.


South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £15285 (2020/21 UKRI rate), plus payment of programme fees.  Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found on the SCDTP website ().

Funding is provided for 3 years full-time PhD study (pro-rata for part-time students).  Applications for 1+3 funding for students completing a Master's year prior to the commencement of PhD study are also welcome (details available at ).

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications is 4.00pm on 18th January 2021.  The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at: 

For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above.  For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us 

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