The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science is the UK's largest facilitator of funding, training and support for doctoral students in social science. By combining the expertise of sixteen universities across Scotland, the school facilitates world-class PhD research. The school is funded jointly by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Scottish Funding Council.
SGSSS is a highly attractive environment for doctoral research. Not only do our partner universities offer an excellent research environment, we also offer comprehensive and world-class research training in a number of discipline-specific and interdisciplinary pathways. In addition, the school manages a programme of advanced training courses and an annual summer school which together offers our students further opportunities to develop their research, knowledge exchange and transferable professional skills.
At the heart of the SGSSS is the Doctoral Training Partnership (formerly the Doctoral Training Centre) in Scotland. The SGSSS was established in 2011 and is the biggest of 14 Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) accredited DTPs in the United Kingdom. The bid for renewed funding has been successful and from 1 October 2017 the SGSSS will be one of the ESRC’s 14 Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP).
The Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK’s largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. The ESRC supports independent, high quality research which has an impact on business, the public sector and the third sector. At any one time the ESRC supports over 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students in academic institutions and independent research institutes.
The ESRC is a non-departmental public body established by Royal Charter in 1965 and receives most of its funding through the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. ESRC is committed to the principles of quality, impact and independence.
More information about the ESRC, its work, impact and findings can be found here.
The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) is responsible for funding teaching and learning provision, research and other activities in Scotland’s colleges and higher education institutions. SFC’s Funding Decisions support the Scottish Government’s national priorities. Its purpose is to secure coherent, high quality further and higher learning provision by colleges and universities in Scotland, and the undertaking of research. SFC contributes to the costs of teaching, research and other activities – including costs related to staff, infrastructure, buildings and equipment. Follow the link to find out more about SFC.
The Directorate is responsible for the everyday operations of SGSSS. The directorate oversees the successful running and strategic development of the SGSSS in line with its objectives. This includes: designing and overseeing a studentship allocation system; providing advanced training; ensuring timely financial reporting; overseeing the development of partnerships.
The Directorate is hosted by the University of Edinburgh and comprises the following staff:
HEI Admin Leads
Each partner institution has a designated administration contact directly connected to the SGSSS. Coordination of future and ongoing studentships is handled locally at each member institution through the HEI Admin Leads.
|Aberdeen||Ann Marie Johnston|
|Glasgow Caledonian||Ivana Covic|
|Highlands & Islands||Jackie Deacon|
|Robert Gordon||Alison Orellana|
|St Andrews||David Nuttall|
|Queen Margaret University||Alison Basford-Thomson|
|University of the West of Scotland||Gavin Morrison|
The Supervisory Board consists of representatives from each of our partner universities and is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of the SGSSS. The Board agrees and oversees the strategic priorities and oversees the implementation of ESRC’s guidance on the distribution of studentships, spread of good practices and embedding collaboration.
The members of the Board have been appointed to provide representation of our partner institutions. The Supervisory Board is chaired by Professor Anne Anderson, a Vice-Principal at the University of Glasgow.
The members of the Supervisory board include:
Professor Dorothy Miell, University of Edinburgh, Chair
Professor Marion Campbell, University of Aberdeen
Professor Vera Kempe, Abertay University
Professor John Rowan, University of Dundee
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Professor Alistair Sambell, Edinburgh Napier University
Dr Duncan Ross, University of Glasgow
Professor Cam Donaldson, Glasgow Caledonian University
Professor Robert MacIntosh, Heriot-Watt University
Professor Neil Simco, University of the Highlands and Islands
Dr Richard Butt, Queen Margaret University
Professor Paul Hagan, Robert Gordon University
Dr Andrew Barnes, Scotland’s Rural College
Professor Monique Mackenzie, University of St Andrews
Professor Judith Phillips, University of Stirling
Professor Anja Lowit, University of Strathclyde
Professor Chik Collins, University of the West of Scotland
In addition to academic partners, our board includes key stakeholders:
Tracy Davies, UKRI-ESRC
Stuart Fancey, Scottish Funding Council
Deans of Graduate Studies Network
Dr Nia White, University of Abertay
Professor Graeme Nixon, University of Aberdeen
Dr Ed Hall, University of Dundee
Professor Stephen Bowd, University of Edinburgh
Professor Hazel Hall, Edinburgh Napier University
Dr Duncan Ross, University of Glasgow
Dr Margaret-Anne Houston, Glasgow Caledonian University (shared with: Dr Amy Cartwright)
Dr Babak Taheri, Heriot-Watt University
Michael Rayner, University of the Highlands & Islands
Professor Jan Dewing, Queen Margaret University
Dr Andrew Lamb, Robert Gordon University
Professor Riccardo Bavaj, University of St Andrews
Dr Mark Hocart, Scotland’s Rural University College
Professor Iain Docherty, University of Stirling
Professor Ian Rivers, University of Strathclyde
Professor David McGillivray, University of West of Scotland
Student representatives convey the views of students to the Board and the Directorate. SGSSS is committed to increasing student representation within its governance and wide range of activities. Our diverse group of 21 student representatives reflects a broad spectrum of institutions, academic stages, funding bases and demographic profiles:
Fanni Gyurko, University of Glasgow
Viktoria Eriksson, University of Aberdeen
Shonagh McInnes, University of Dundee
Didi Taris, Glasgow Caledonian University
Jeni Mackay, Queen Margaret University
Fabio Battaglia, University of Edinburgh
Gabriel Aboyadana, University of Strathclyde
Michael Vallely, University of Glasgow