ESRC Student Survey 2021

ESRC recognises that the student voice is an important factor in monitoring their doctoral training investments. This survey is for ESRC funded students in Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) only. Please do not complete if you are not funded by ESRC or have not been funded through a DTP. This survey asks about your experiences of your studentship and is organised in to the following sections:

·       Student details
·       Supervisory arrangements
·       Training and Development
·       Additional Opportunities
·       DTP Support
·       Collaborative / Interdisciplinary Activities
·       Cohort building
·       Facilities
·       Health and Wellbeing
·       Future Aspirations

The ESRC student survey is now live and will be open from Friday 25 June for 6 weeks.

Collaborative social science newsletter

Are you a UCL PhD student interested in collaborative social science?

Get in touch with UCL’s Collaborative Social Science Domain’s new PhD Coordinating Group by signing up for our termly newsletter
We want to hear from UCL PhD students (social scientists and non-social scientists in any department) interested in:

· collaborative social science

· interdisciplinary projects

· fostering collaborations beyond your department/faculty

Sign up for our termly newsletter so that you will know about:

· interdisciplinary work across UCL

· the experiences of students and academics who are breaking down barriers in research and innovation

· Opportunities for collaborative working

· Upcoming interdisciplinary training events

Additional ESRC allocation – further extension to funding

UBEL DTP has received a small allocation of funding from ESRC to further support students. The allocation of funding will be assessed on a needs priority basis and will cover stipend costs only (up to a maximum of 3 months). 

We aim to try and provide additional support in particular to disabled students, those with long term illness, who are neurodivergent, or who have caring responsibilities. However, all UBEL funded students will have equal access and consideration in the decision-making process – this includes students that may have received a UKRI funded extension earlier this year. 

Students that have already submitted their doctoral thesis are not eligible for funding. 

Students that want to apply for the additional funding must complete the form below by Friday 18th June

You can check out the form here, if you are unable to submit the form via the link above, fill in the Word version and email it at

UBEL’s message to students regarding UKRI’s latest announcement on covid-19 related extensions

Dear UBEL DTP Students, 

With reference to UKRI’s latest announcement, this message is to let students know that the DTP management team will be discussing how we can support our students with any new extension requests. ESRC have informed UBEL that we have received a small allocation of funding to support students – in the interest of transparency, the allocation received equates to 28 months of tuition fee and stipend to be shared across the cohorts (i.e. a maximum of 28 individual students could potentially receive a 1 month extension each). 

Please be aware that Phase 2 extension requests are still being confirmed at an institutional level and that UCL has an Easter closure from Thursday 1st April (5pm) until Monday 12th April (9am). 

UBEL will continue discussions concerning the additional funding for extensions and a subsequent process, after the Easter Break. 

For more information, please refer to the UKRI website:

Best wishes,