The Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) programme supports Doctoral and Research Masters awards in Welsh Universities, jointly sponsored by external partners based in the Convergence areas of Wales. Students who receive KESS 2 funding must also come from the Convergence areas of Wales. KESS 2 is funded under the European Structural Investment Funds – ESF Programme through the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO).
The programme is a collaboration between all Welsh Universities, led by Bangor University – University of South Wales is a partner. The programme is likely to run for 7 years (2015-22).
Key objectives of KESS 2:
KESS 2 is closely aligned to meeting the higher-level skills needs of the Welsh Government’s priority economic sectors, and will prioritise projects in these sectors:
The KESS 2 project is unique in Europe in the way it uses ESF support to deliver collaborative research projects and higher-level skills training in partnership with employers.
Project IPR results and any Intellectual Property arising from a KESS 2 project will be owned by the relevant University, in order to demonstrate compliance with EU State Aid rules. Background Information used in connection with the KESS 2 project will remain the property of the party introducing it and will be subject to confidentiality obligations.
The relevant University will grant the company partner the first option for either an exclusive or non-exclusive licence to use the Intellectual Property or other Project IPR Results as negotiated between the parties involved.
The KESS team within RISe has invited new applications for MRes studentship projects.
The Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) programme supports Doctoral and Research Masters awards in Welsh Universities, jointly sponsored by external partners based in the Convergence areas of Wales. KESS 2 is funded under the European Structural Investment Funds – ESF Programme through the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO). The programme is a collaboration between all Welsh Universities, led by Bangor University.
USW was awarded a discrete number of PhD and MRes scholarships. Our allocation of PhD projects has already been met.
Therefore, this KESS call is an MRes-specific call for proposals. There are 18 MRes projects available.
Applications are required to address key eligibility and assessment criteria.
The application pack contain the details to assist with your application:
For further information, contact the KESS team
KESS 2 must demonstrate that we are giving meaningful consideration to the well-being of current and future generations in all we do. By adopting this innovative and logical approach to project management and delivery, we are promoting the Welsh Government’s ‘Well-being of Future Generations Act (2015)’, which became law in April 2016. To learn more, please visit the KESS 2 Sustainability page.
Ysgoloriaeth Sgiliau Economi Gwybodaeth (KESS) yn Gymru gyfan sgiliau lefel uwch yn fenter a arweinir gan Brifysgol Bangor ar ran y sector AU yng Nghymru. Fe’i cyllidir yn rhannol gan Gronfeydd Cymdeithasol Ewropeaidd (ESF) cydgyfeirio ar gyfer Gorllewin Cymru a’r Cymoedd.
Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys
For more information on getting involved in the KESS 2 Programme at the University of South Wales, please contact:
Clare Naylor, KESS Project Manager/Alison Evans, KESS Programme Administrator
Research & Innovation Services
Tel: 01443 482578