Studentship in Responding to Student Diversity in Schools
University of Southampton Southampton Education School
United Kingdom

ESRC South Coast DTP Studentship - Responding to student diversity in schools: the use of Inclusive Inquiry (S2127)

Southampton Education School

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £15,285 (2020/21 UKRI rate)
Closing Date:  Monday 18 January 2021
Reference:  SCDTP-S2127

Responding to student diversity in schools: the use of Inclusive Inquiry 

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 project offers an exciting opportunity for a PhD student who wishes to be involved in research that makes a direct impact in the field, as well as generating theoretical understandings around notions of dialogue and promoting inclusion. The candidate will be required to work closely with one primary school, using ethnographic approaches, to study closely the implementation of Inclusive Inquiry and the types of dialogues that it generates. Inclusive Inquiry, involves children that are seen as ‘hard to reach’ trained and become researchers that collect and analyse their classmates’ views, in order to design collaboratively with their teachers inclusive lessons.

Supervisory Team:

Prof Kiki Messiou, Southampton Education School, Dr Andri Christodoulou, Southampton Education School,

Skills Required

The student would need to have strong interpersonal skills since they will be attached in a school and work collaboratively with teachers and children. A good understanding and relevant experience of how schools operate would be preferable.


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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