PhD Studentship Vacancy
White Rose-ESRC Collaborative PhD Studentship on the Politics of Polling
Closing date for applications: 18th March 2016
The Department of Politics, the Sir Bernard Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics and YouGov are pleased to offer a fully funded PhD research opportunity as part of the White Rose Collaborative Studentship programme within the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre (WRDTC).
This collaborative studentship will give a graduate with an outstanding Masters in the social sciences the opportunity to conduct a PhD project focused on the world of political polling. Working with the polling company YouGov, the successful candidate will investigate the production, interpretation and promotion of polling, producing both new academic insights and research reports for YouGov.
The project combines a unique opportunity to combine qualitative and quantitative methods, and academic and practitioner study. The successful candidate will be given the chance to gain extensive training via the White Rose network, will be an active member of the Crick Centre’s research community and will work within YouGov; being provided with the opportunity to design and conduct polling to the value of £20,000, given desk space for a year at YouGov, a rolling programme of YouGov mentoring and opportunities to write reports for YouGov. It is therefore ideal for a candidate interested in acquiring academic and practitioner expertise.
The overarching focus on the PhD Studentship has been designed by the supervisors in consultation with YouGov (see below). The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop the project in line with their own interests and methodological preferences in consultation with their supervisors.
The PhD is designed to make a timely intervention into debates around the roll of polling companies in political debate. With the much publicised failure of pollsters to predict the 2015 General Election outcome correctly and the recent Lords debate on the Regulation of Political Opinion Polling Bill, attention has been focused on the operation of political polling.
This project has three objectives:
This later aim forms the focus of the project, but is facilitated by inquiry at the two earlier levels. Prevailing conceptions of political polling presume that polling informs political outcomes – i.e. it reflects and then influences political participation. However, the recent General Election result signals that the correlation between polling results and political behaviour is not as straightforward as often presumed. This project considers the dynamics between polling and outcomes to develop new insights on not only what influences political debate, but also how this occurs.
The studentship is tenable for three years from 1 October 2016. Applicants should apply for admission to the Department’s PhD programme here.
Applicants should indicate on the application that they wish to be considered for the ‘Politics of Polling ESRC/WRDTC’ studentship.
Applicants are asked to include a short statement as to why they are interested in conducting this PhD, and why they are particularly suitable for this post.
A full standard studentship consists of Home/EU tuition fees (£4,121 in Session 2016/17) for up to three years together with a maintenance grant paid at standard Research Council rates (£14,296 in Session 2016/17) for up to three years and a Research Training Support Grant (£666 pa). EU nationals are eligible but the maintenance grant will be paid only in cases where residency in the UK has been established for 3 years or more prior to the start of the programme of study.
The candidate will be first supervised by Dr Kate Dommett (Department of Politics, University of Sheffield) and second supervised by Professor Charles Pattie (Department of Geography, University of Sheffield). They will also gain mentoring from Joe Twyman (YouGov).
Enquiries about this studentship opportunity should be directed to Dr Kate Dommett at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact our Graduate Research Administrator, Mrs Sarah Cooke at email@example.com with enquiries about the PhD programme and application process.
White Rose–ESRC Collaborative PhD Studentship on the Politics of Polling
A full standard studentship consists of:
Home/EU tuition fees (£4,121 in Session 2016/17) for up to three years.
Maintenance grant paid at standard Research Council rates (£14,296 in Session 2016/17) for up to three years.
Research Training Support Grant (£666 per annum).
Closing date for applications: