UWTSD invite applications for religion and social impact PhD Scholarships after securing £500k Knowledge Economy Skills funding


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David has been awarded £500k by the Knowledge Economy Skills (KESS 2) scheme.

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The KESS 2 scheme, which is led by Bangor University in partnership with UWTSD and other Welsh universities, is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) through the Welsh Government’s operational plan for Wales. These scholarships aim to promote the development and enhancement of a knowledge-based economy in Wales through a focus on four distinct areas: Life Sciences and Health, Advanced Engineering and Materials, Low Carbon Energy and the Environment, and ICT and the Digital Economy

This funding will now support the delivery of 5 PhD programmes at UWTSD.  With three PhD programmes already agreed the University is currently recruiting a further two students to work in collaboration with religious partners including the Evangelical Alliance Wales and St Padarn’s Institute, Church in Wales.  The PhD programme in partnership with the Evangelical Alliance Wales will focus on the theological, moral, and spiritual traditions of evangelical Christianity, examining ways that these habits of faith might conceive, challenge, and/or enrich the contemporary practices and priorities of ecology.  The second programme will be an opportunity to work with St Padarn’s Institute, Church in Wales to explore the contribution that the Christian tradition might make toward a holistic and non-reductive approach to mental wellbeing.  Anyone interested in finding out more information or applying for one of the KESS 2 PhD programmes available at UWTSD should visit  https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/rdp/funding-and-projects/kess-ii/

Dr Angus Slater said:

“We’re delighted to secure enough funding for five scholarships in the field of faith and society through the KESS 2 scheme.  With three of the five PhD programmes already agreed and in place we’re currently looking for two brilliant students to undertake the other two PhD programmes and to be a part of this exciting research.

“This scheme is an opportunity for students and external organisations to work collaboratively to develop and deliver valuable social research which could have real impact on our communities in Wales.  We’re very pleased to be working in collaboration with the Evangelical Alliance Wales and the St Padarn’s Institute on these projects and we’re extremely grateful for their support.

If anybody would like to discuss these PhD programmes, then please get in touch – we’d be delighted to hear from you!”

Further Information

For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676663 / arwel.lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk