Dr Emily Marchant, Healthy Development Researcher at the Centre for Population Health, is one of six successful recipients to be awarded a 2021 ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship through the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (Wales DTP).
The fellowships are aimed at those in the immediately postdoctoral stage of their career to provide the opportunity to consolidate their PhD through developing publications, networks and their research and professional skills.
Dr Marchant has been awarded the Fellowship to explore school recovery after COVID-19. Dr Marchant’s research will develop and expand on the HAPPEN Wales Primary School Network and strengthening partnerships and international links.
On receiving the award Dr Marchant said:
I am thrilled to have been awarded an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship through the Wales DTP. This Fellowship allows me the opportunity to continue and build upon my doctoral research and the development of the HAPPEN Wales primary school network. The next few years will be a crucial period for schools, so the timing of this Fellowship offers possibilities to strengthen partnerships and collaboratively identify priorities to support schools in a post-COVID education landscape.
For one year, starting October 2021, the Fellowship will see Dr Marchant mentored by Dr Lucy Griffiths and Professor Tom Crick.
Dr Lucy Griffiths, said:
I’m sure Emily will make the very most of this great opportunity to consolidate her research and standing in the field – it’s a competitive scheme and the award is well-deserved.
Professor Tom Crick, said:
I’m delighted that Emily’s recent work and research potential has been recognised with this ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Her proposed interdisciplinary project is timely and important for Wales, especially as we consider the longer-term impact of COVID-19 on schools and learners, as well as the wider education landscape in the context of the new Curriculum for Wales and major system-level reforms.
Professor Sinead Brophy, Director at the Centre for Population Health, added:
As a Centre, we are committed to ensuring that Wales is at the forefront of developing population health. We are committed to the progression of our early career researchers and by our continued support of the highest quality research.
The National Centre for Population Health and Wellbeing Research is funded by the Welsh Government through Health and Care Research Wales.