Information for Current Students

brain.cogsOn this page you will find the latest version of the SWDTP Student Handbook and links to key guidance notes and application forms that you may need.

The Student Handbook provides a general introduction to the SWDTP and should be read in conjunction with your own programme handbook and the ESRC Postgraduate Funding Guide.  For detailed information on your specific course, please refer to your department handbook and/or websites.

New students can benefit from the experience and wisdom of existing students through the SWDTP Mentoring Scheme. If you haven’t already signed up but are interested in having a mentor please contact

Key Contacts

For any queries regarding institutional process, please contact your Institutional Co-ordinator

Bath: Ana Bullock

Bristol: Nicola Williams

Exeter: Elizabeth Noon

Plymouth: Sarah Kearns

UWE: Vicky Nash

Your Student Reps can be contacts on

SWDTP Pathway Lead Contacts

SWDTP Handbook and ESRC Resources

SWDTP Student Handbook

ESRC Postgraduate Funding Guide

ESRC Resources for Postgraduate Students

Training Needs Analysis (TNA)

Training Needs Analysis (TNA) FAQs

Taking an Optional Module at a Partner Institution

Application to take an Optional Module at a Partner Institution

Research Training Support Grant (RTSG)

RTSG Guidance Notes

RTSG Top-Up Application Form

Overseas Fieldwork Allowance (OFA)

OFA Guidance Notes

OFA Application Form

OFA End of Visit Report

Overseas Institutional Visit (OIV)

OIV Guidance Notes

OIV Application Form

OIV End of Visit Report

Difficult Language Training (DLT)

DLT Guidance Notes

DLT Application Form

DLT End of Visit Report

Disabled Student Allowance

If you have a disability which means that you incur additional expenditure in connection with your studies, then you may be eligible for an allowance.  The allowance can covers costs such as daily expenses and equipment (photocopying and consumables to be claimed through your RTSG), and for non-medical helpers such as support workers, specialist tutors, library assistance and note-takers.

The amount of each allowance is not fixed and is determined according to the individual needs of each student.

  • Any requests for DSA must be made and agreed in advance of the student committing any expenditure
  • No awards can be made for retrospective purchase of any equipment, facilities or personal assistance in connection with the disability
  • No expenditure can be claimed after the funding end date has passed or for support that will be provided after the funding end date
  • Fees-only students are not eligible for a Disabled Student Allowance

Discuss your additional support needs with your home institution in the first instance and let the Disability Officer know that you are ESRC funded.






The Research Councils UK have adopted a harmonised approach to DSA.  Additional Guidance and a claim form is available on the RCUK website