Postgraduate Employment Research Scholarships

 

Postgraduate Employment Research scholarships

The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) {(formerly Department of Trade and Industry DTI)} is launching a new series of research scholarships for postgraduate students in 2007. The scholarships will support postgraduate students to conduct research based on BERR's employee and workplace surveys (detailed below). Up to seven individual awards will be granted, of between £1,500 and £3,000 each.

The scholarship’s main aim is to encourage robust quantitative research on employment relations, management practices, employee attitudes and perceptions and equality and discrimination at work in Great Britain.

Applications are encouraged from postgraduate research students at UK universities across the social science and law disciplines. This includes labour economics, employment relations, HRM/management, industrial sociology, organisational psychology and employment law.

The scholarships will be launched at a Postgraduate Data Workshop to be held in London on Tuesday 13 March 2007 as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science. Scholarship applicants are strongly encouraged to attend. The workshop will provide an overview of all major DTI-sponsored employment surveys. A copy of the agenda for the workshop is available :

Agenda: researching employment and workplace issues: DTI postgraduate data workshop. 13 March 2007
Scholarship applications must be submitted to DTI by Monday 30 July 2007, using the attached Application Form:

Application for BERR's postgraduate employment research scholarships
More details on the scholarship scheme and the data workshop are provided in the attached brochure

Postgraduate employment research scholarships: January 2007

EMAR Datasets

To facilitate secondary research and to preserve its data for the future EMAR deposits its major survey datasets with the UK Data Archive (UKDA). Researchers, students and teachers from any field, organisation or country may register with the UKDA to download datasets and supporting documentation.

FAIR TREATMENT AT WORK SURVEY (FTWS)

Employees’ perception of unfair treatment, discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment in the workplace, experienced either personally or by others.
Method: Face-to-face interviews in the homes of individuals, conducted between November 2005 and January 2006.
Coverage: 3,936 employees in Great Britain.
Outputs: Executive summary (URN 06/1380)
The main report (URN 06/1091) and technical report (URN 06/1381) to be published on 15 March 2007.
Dataset: To be lodged with UK Data Archive in March 2007.
Next survey: Fieldwork for the second survey is scheduled for the first half of 2008.
Project manager: Heidi Grainger, EMAR

THIRD WORK-LIFE BALANCE STUDY (WLB3)

Two separate surveys of employers and employees including provision, demand, take-up and attitudes towards work-life balance practices in the workplace:

SURVEY OF EMPLOYEES

Method: Telephone survey, February and March 2006
Coverage: 2,081 employees in Great Britain.
Outputs: Executive summary (URN 06/1372) A full report is due during 2007.
Dataset: Available Easter 2007 from UK Data Archive
Project manager: Steven P Taylor, EMAR

SURVEY OF EMPLOYERS

Method: Telephone survey, spring / summer 2007
Coverage: 1,500 employers with 5 or more employees in Great Britain.
Outputs: Executive Summary (URN 07/1586)


Full Report (URN 07/1656)

 

Dataset: UK Data Archive - SN 5787 -Work-Life Balance Study, 2007: Employers' Survey
Project manager: Steven P Taylor, EMAR

MATERNITY AND PATERNITY RIGHTS – SURVEY OF PARENTS

Latest iteration of a survey which explores the use of maternity and paternity leave and pay provisions, and mothers’ and fathers’ return to work after having a baby.
Method: Telephone survey with mothers and fathers who had a baby in December 2003.
Coverage: 2,500 mothers in Great Britain
Outputs: Full Report (URN 06/836)
Dataset: To be lodged at the data archive in 2007
Next survey: The Department for Work and Pensions are currently conducting a follow-up survey of mothers, which will be published early 2008.
Project manager: Steven P Taylor , EMAR

SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL APPLICATIONS (SETA)

Claimants and employer demographics and their experiences, outcomes and attitudes towards the Employment Tribunals system.
Method: Computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI) with random sample of cases from Employment Tribunals Service database.
Coverage: 2,236 claimant interviews; 2,281 employer interviews; Great Britain (with additional booster sample for Scotland)
Outputs: Full report (URN 04/1071); Technical report available from UK Data Archive
Dataset: UK Data Archive - SN 5022
Related datasets (selection):
SN 4894 - Survey of Employment Tribunal Applications, 1998
SN 5006 - Survey of Representatives, 1998
SN 3294 - Survey of Industrial Tribunal Applications, 1992
Next survey: Next SETA survey is scheduled for 2007
Project manager: Wayne Diamond, EMAR

SURVEY OF CLAIMANTS IN RACE DISCRIMINATION EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL CASES (SETA RRA)

Follow-up to SETA 2003 [internal link] with sample of claimants from cases that included a claim for race discrimination in employment under the Race Relations Act. Explores the demographics, experiences, outcomes and attitudes of claimants towards the Employment Tribunals system
Method: Telephone interviews (CATI) with random sample of claimants making a claim under the Race Relations Act.
Coverage: 491 claimant interviews in Great Britain
Outputs: Full report (URN 06/1059);Technical report available from UK Data Archive
Dataset: Available Easter 2007 from UK Data Archive.
Related datasets:
SN 5022 - Survey of Employment Tribunal Applications, 2003
SN 4894 - Survey of Employment Tribunal Applications, 1998
Next survey: Next SETA survey is scheduled for 2007
Project manager: Wayne Diamond, EMAR

BRITISH SOCIAL ATTITUDES SURVEY (BSAS)

Annual survey of adults aged 18 and over on a range of topics including defence, the economy, labour market participation and the welfare state. The DTI sponsor a module each year on employment related topics.
Method: Face to face interviews (CAPI) in the homes of individuals, plus additional self-completion questionnaires.
Coverage: 4,268 people drawn from the GB Postcode Address File
Outputs: The 23rd Report 2006/2007 ‘British Social Attitudes Perspectives on a changing society’ was published in January 2007 by Sage
Publications (ISBN No 10 1-4129-3432-X).
Dataset for 2005: To be lodged with UK Data Archive in February 2007. Previous datasets from 1983 onwards are already in the BSAS section of the UK Data Archive
Next survey: BSAS is an annual survey
Project manager for DTI module: Jane Carr, EMAR

EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS AT WORK SURVEY

Employees’ awareness and knowledge of employment rights, experience of employment-related problems, source of information and advice about employment rights and the exercise of employment rights.
Method: Face-to-face interviews.
Coverage: 1,038 employees in Great Britain, conducted between June and October 2005
Outputs: Full report (URN 06/837); Technical report and supporting documentation available at UK Data Archive
Dataset: UK data-archive - SN 5383.
Related datasets:
SN 5082 -Individuals' Awareness, Knowledge and Exercise of Employment Rights Survey, 2000
Next survey: Fieldwork expected to be conducted in 2008
Project manager: Steven P Taylor , EMAR

WORKPLACE EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS SURVEY (WERS 2004)

A large-scale national survey of employment relations practices in workplaces across Great Britain. Features a linked employer-employee dataset and a panel survey (1998-2004).
Method: Face-to-face interviews with HR managers and employee representatives, a self-completion survey of employees and a self- completion survey on financial performance. More on WERS 2004
Coverage: Cross-section interviews with 2,295 workplace managers and 984 employee representatives. Self-completion questionnaire by 22,451 employees. Panel interviews with 938 managers from workplaces surveyed in WERS 1998.
Outputs: Three reports based on the primary analysis of WERS 2004

The Technical Report accompanying the survey published by NatCen is also available to download from the WERS Information and Advice Service (WIAS) website, hosted by National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR). WIAS provide expert advice and support for anyone interested in using the WERS data.

WIAS provide expert advice and support for anyone interested in using the WERS data.
Dataset: UK Data Archive - SN 5294
Related Datasets (selection)
SN 3955 -Workplace Employee Relations Survey : Cross-Section, 1998
SN 4026 -Workplace Employee Relations Survey, 1998 : Panel Survey 1990-1998

The UKDA also contains data from the 1980, 1984 and 1990 cross-section and panel surveys.
Next survey: Subject to funding and ministerial approval it is expected that the next survey will take place in 2010.
Project manager: Barbara Kersley, EMAR

 

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