FAQs

Current Students

+ What is the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)?

SeNSS’ Virtual Learning Environment, or VLE, is an online sphere where SeNSS students can access exclusive elite training relating to social sciences in general, SeNSS overall, and to their advanced and specific areas of study. With interactive tools, videos, and resources from ten of the UK’s leading universities, our VLE will help you with your training and provide you with the best platform for excelling with your studentship.

+ How do I use the VLE to its full potential?

We have created screencasts to guide you through the VLE pages. You can access these via the SeNSS Vimeo list here: https://vimeo.com/senss

+ What does SeNSS training consist of? (And how do I get it?)

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+ How do I become a Student Representative?

The details on how to become a Representative will be announced and explained in more detail at your compulsory SeNSS Induction. In the meantime, for more information on Student Representatives, what the role involves, and how to become one, please see here [link].

+ How and where should I voice any concerns?

If you wish to make a SeNSS specific complaint or raise an appeal, you should contact the SeNSS Manager (manager@senss-dtp.ac.uk) in the first instance, who will deal with your complaint or pass it through the necessary channels. You could also raise it with your home Administrator [contact page link], who will also be able to deal with your complaint or direct as necessary.

Should you have a student grievance, you should, in the first instance, contact your home Administrator [link contact page], or follow the complaints procedure of your home University.

A distinction is made between a complaint, an appeal, and a student grievance. A complaint may relate to: failure to follow stated SeNSS DTP policies or procedures; unreasonable delay or inefficiency in responding to an enquiry or in the DTP’s operating procedures; manifestations of an unhelpful or insensitive attitude on the part of an officer of the DTP. An appeal is a request to vary a decision of the DTP in light of available facts; the consideration is in respect of facts as they were available to the DTP at the time and new facts may not therefore be introduced in an appeal. Complaints and appeals can be made to SeNSS by supervisors and other staff or by students.
A student grievance is an issue that relates to the student’s individual registration at a partner university of the DTP and should generally follow the procedures of that university.

Prospective Student

+ If I am awarded a SeNSS Studentship, what will it consist of?

You will have your fees paid, as well as receiving a maintenance stipend to cover your living expenses (where eligible, see below). You will also have access to further funds for carrying out your doctoral research, such as attending conferences and conducting fieldwork. For further information, see ESRC website. You will also be offered the opportunity to do a placement with one of our 200+ external partner organisations.

+ Am I eligible to apply for a SeNSS Studentship?

SeNSS ESRC-funded Studentships are only available to Home or EU students. There is ONE exception to this rule: international students may apply for a SeNSS ECONOMICS Studentship, and, if successful, will be eligible for a full award. To be eligible for a full award you must either be an international student applying for a SeNSS Economics Studentship, or a Home or EU student who satisfies the criteria set by the Research Councils UK. The full rules are available at here [link]

+ I do not have a Master’s degree. May I apply for a SeNSS Studentship?

Yes, you do not need a Master’s degree in order to apply for a SeNSS Studentship. In fact, we positively encourage applications from talented students holding an undergraduate degree. If your application to SeNSS is successful, you will receive financial support to do your Master’s degree, based on an assessment of your prior training and learning needs.

+ Would I be able to study part-time?

Yes. All SeNSS Studentships are available either on a full or part-time basis.

+ I have already started my PhD. Can I apply for a SeNSS Studentship?

Yes, you may. If you have already started your studies, but have at least 50% of your period of study remaining, you may be eligible for a SeNSS Studentship.

+ How do I apply for a SeNSS Studentship?

First, you must apply to your chosen institution. Your nominated supervisor will then assist you in making your application to SeNSS, and your local administrator will provide you with access to the application form and be at hand to assist further if need be. More information

+ How will my SeNSS Studentship application be assessed?

Your application will first be assessed by your home institution. If successful, it will be sent to the relevant SeNSS Pathway Assessment panel to rank your application along with others in that Pathway in order of merit. This ranked list will be sent to the SeNSS Office, to be combined in a single ranked list with the other applications from all thirteen SeNSS Pathways. The SeNSS Management Board will then meet to discuss this list, and to formally agree which applications have been successful. You will be notified at each stage of this process whether or not your application has been successful.

Those applicants who are awarded full-funded studentships will be advised of this in March 2018. Thereafter, you will receive a formal offer letter from SeNSS, and you will have a short amount of time to decide whether or not to accept this offer.

+ If I’m unsuccessful, can I apply again?

If you have been unsuccessful, you are welcome to apply again the following year, as long as you still meet the eligibility requirements. You will be advised of the outcome of your application as soon as the SeNSS Management Board has made its final decision on the allocation of Studentships or, if your application is deemed unsuccessful in an earlier assessment round, you will be advised of this before March 2017.