Social Policy: Fully Funded KESS II PhD Scholarship at Swansea University: Big Ideas in a Micro Village: Evaluating a young person’s supported housing project in Llanelli

  • Phd
  • Full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend
  • 25 June 2018

\This scholarships is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.\*
PhD Scholarship for UK or EU applicants in the field of: Social Science (Social Policy)
This evaluation of a new model of service provision examines a new format for delivering supported housing for young people with complex needs developed by the Wallich. The proposal, a “micro village”, integrates supported housing with zero carbon development. It will be the first of its kind and will radically change the way that the Wallich are currently able to provide their service. The micro village will benefit from a robust evaluation process if it is to drive much-needed policy change in the areas of supported housing, physical and mental health for young people and the decarbonisation of third sector operations. 
The evaluation will combine quantitative and qualitative research approaches. It will focus on the efficacy of the micro village model as opposed to the Wallich’s existing model of service delivery and other more typical models. Qualitatively the evaluation will engage service users, carers, Wallich Staff and external stakeholders. The researcher will follow the Micro Village Working Group, and spend time embedded in the Wallich’s Young Peoples’ projects by working alongside the Wallich staff as one of the team as much as possible.
Evaluation work will consist of gathering quantitative and qualitative data using survey, searching and disaggregating existing comparative datasets in conjunction with ADRC, interviewing, focus groups and participant observation where appropriate. Such qualitative data will be analysed thematically to build a deeper and engaged ethnographic evaluation of the micro village alongside broader and comparative analysis of the micro village vis a vis other modes of delivery.
Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SME’s and micro companies, as well as public and third sector organisations. The scholarship provides 3 years of funding with a 6 month period to complete the thesis. The achievement of a postgraduate skills development award, PSDA, is compulsory for each KESS II scholar and is based on a 60 credit award.


Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree and hold a Master's degree in a subject closely aligned to the Social Sciences. Previous experience of working with young people or young people with complex needs would be an advantage. They should also be eligible for UK/EU Fees.
We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit –


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The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend. The bursary will be limited to a maximum of £14,483 p.a. dependent upon the applicant's financial circumstances.
There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.


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