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 AHRC DOCTORAL TRAINING PARTNERSHIP (DTP) PHD STUDENTSHIP SCHEME

 

The University of Strathclyde is part of a consortium of eight Higher Education institutions which has been awarded funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to support postgraduate studentships and training in the Arts and Humanities in Scotland. Under the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) scheme, the consortium - comprised of the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde and Glasgow School of Art – will consider applications for doctoral studentship awards in the majority of Arts and Humanities subjects.  The AHRC has awarded 40 studentships annually to the DTP for five years (2014 to 2019)

 

Full information, including eligibility criteria and an overview of the application process, is available at: http://www.sgsah.ac.uk/studentships201415/

 Strathclyde is able to offer supervision in the following areas

 Creative Writing

English Language

English Literature

French Studies

Spanish and Latin American Studies

History

Interpreting and Translation

Italian Studies

Journalism and Publishing

Law and Legal Studies

Library and Information Studies

Linguistics

Scottish Literature

 

For further information: email hass-postgrad@strath.ac.uk

 To apply:

  • Complete the application form, click here AHRC Application
  • Email it, by the closing date, to hass-postgrad@strath.ac.uk
  • You must also arrange for two academic references to be sent, by the closing date (see application form for further details)
  • All applicants must also apply online (http://pgr.strath.ac.uk/) for a place on the PhD programme at Strathclyde.
  • Applicants already holding doctoral qualifications should not apply

 

CLOSING DATE: 14 JANUARY 2014 (midnight)

 

ESRC FUNDED PhD STUDENTSHIPS

Applications are being sought for two 3-year ESRC-funded PhD studentships on issues relating to the historical and contemporary study of communities as part of the Connected Communities ‘Imagine’ consortium http://www.imaginecommunity.org.uk/ led by Professor Graham Crow of the University of Edinburgh.  The first of these awards is concerned with community time and the identification of individuals with communities, and the second examines the relationship between the history of social welfare and community change.

Applicants wishing to enquire about these studentships should contact Professor Crow at gcrow@exseed.ed.ac.uk to whom applications should also be sent no later than the closing date of Friday 17 January 2014

Studentship-Community Time & the Identification of Individuals with Communities

Studentship-History of Welfare & Community Change  

 

 

 

ESRC DOCTORAL TRAINING CENTRE  IN SCOTLAND

The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) is a collaboration between 16 Higher Education Institutions in Scotland. The ESRC Doctoral Training Centre in Scotland sits within SGSSS and involves 10 Higher Education Institutions, making it the largest ESRC training centre in the UK. The Scottish DTC offers ESRC-accredited training in 24 different training pathways, each involving collaboration across a number of Scottish universities. The ESRC has awarded 65 full studentships annually to the Scottish DTC for five years from 2011, worth c. £20 million.

Within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, ESRC-funded doctoral studentships are available in the following subjects:

  • Economic and Social History
  • Education
  • Families, relationships and social change
  • History of health and health care
  • Social care
  • Social work
  • Socio-legal studies and criminology.

Each subject (or pathway) has its own academic representative who will be happy to discuss with potential applicants, the application process.  For further information and contact details for these reps, please visit http://www.strath.ac.uk/dtcs/economicssocialsciences/

Applicants are advised to make contact with the relevant pathway rep ideally no later than Friday 31st Jan 2014. 

 

UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE STUDENTSHIPS 2014/15

 

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to invite applications from suitably qualified applicants for University of Strathclyde studentship awards commencing October 2014.

 

The HaSS Faculty offers high quality facilities within its purpose-designed Graduate School premises and world-leading training through the University’s PG Certificate in Postgraduate Researcher Development (see: http://www.strath.ac.uk/rdp/pgrcredits/) .

 

The HaSS Faculty is divided into six Schools and is able to offer high quality supervision in any of the following areas:

 

Counselling

Creative Writing

Education

English

European Policies

Government

History

Journalism

Law

Modern Languages

Physical Activity for Health

Politics

Psychology

Social Policy

Social Work

Speech and Language Therapy

 

For further information: email hass-postgrad@strath.ac.uk

 

To apply:

 

  • Complete the application for HaSS Studentship Application Form 2014
  • Email it, by the closing date, to hass-postgrad@strath.ac.uk
  • You must also arrange for two academic references to be sent, by the closing date to the same address (see application form for further details)
  • All applicants must also apply online (http://pgr.strath.ac.uk/) for a place on the PhD programme at Strathclyde.
  • Applicants already holding doctoral qualifications should not apply
  • Applicants must have a first class honours degree and/or a distinction in a masters degree or equivalent

 

CLOSING DATE: 31st MAY 2014 (midnight)

 

 

 

PHD STUDENTSHIP IN THE SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY (EUROPEAN POLICIES RESEARCH CENTRE), UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE

 

SPACE AND CAPITAL FLOWS: FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS IN PERIPHERAL AND RURAL REGIONS

 

Applications are sought for a PhD studentship to investigate the effectiveness of financial instruments in peripheral and rural regions in north-western Europe.

The context of the research is academic and policy debate on the role of financial instruments (loan, guarantee and equity instruments) in addressing regional disparities in access to finance for business. Over the past decade, policymakers have allocated increased funding to regionally differentiated financial instruments to provide early-stage risk capital, under both national and EU regional policies, to stimulate entrepreneurship and SME development, especially among high-growth firms.  However, there are important questions concerning the effectiveness and efficiency of such instruments and whether policy expectations are being (or will be) met. The results of some existing measures are inconclusive or uncertain; geographically-focused measures often deliver poor results, attributable to an inherent tension between the commercial management of funds and the pursuit of social or regional objectives.   The use of financial instruments in rural and peripheral regions is associated with the additional problems of small and fragmented markets, low demand for investment finance, and information gaps among finance providers.

The PhD is intended to investigate the differential access to finance in peripheral and rural areas, in particular the sparsely populated regions of north-western Europe, the distinctive characteristics of financial investment needs, and the effectiveness of regional policy responses involving different types of financial instruments. The PhD is intended to involve cross-country comparative research, drawing on case studies from Scotland, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Alongside its theoretical contribution, the PhD should incorporate a strong policy focus, drawing lessons for policymakers at European, national and sub-national scales on the use of financial instruments in peripheral and rural areas.

The PhD student will be integrated within the European Policies Research Centre (School of Government & Public Policy), which comprises a multi-disciplinary staff working in a team-based research environment on a range of different European countries and economic development policy issues. Further details on the research environment and entrance requirements in the School are here: http://www.strath.ac.uk/humanities/courses/politics/courses/politicspostgraduateresearch/

The studentship is open to individuals within the EU/EEA only and provides a stipend of approximately £13726 per year. Information on scholarships is available here http://www.strath.ac.uk/rio/postgraduatescholarships/

To apply:

 

  • Email the following documents, by the closing date, to hass-postgrad@strath.ac.uk:
    • research proposal including methodology (1500 words max);
    • academic qualifications; and
    • an English language qualification (if required)
    • You must also arrange for two academic references to be emailed, to the same address, by the closing date
    • All applicants must also apply online (http://pgr.strath.ac.uk/) for a place on the PhD programme at Strathclyde.
    • Applicants already holding doctoral qualifications should not apply

 

CLOSING DATE: 21st Feb (midnight)

 

For further information, please contact Professor John Bachtler at john.bachtler@strath.ac.uk 

 

 

 

CAMPBELL BURNS SCHOLARSHIP

HUGH KING FUND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

The Law School at the University of Strathclyde invites applications for the award of a Campbell Burns Scholarship and for the allocation of financial assistance towards the cost of a PhD / MPhil degree from its Hugh King Fund in any area of law (or criminology, socio-legal studies and legal theory).

CAMPBELL BURNS SCHOLARSHIP

Academic Session 2014-15

The scholarship covers fees (up to the Home/EU/EEA level only) for each year of the period of study (1 year for MPhil students; 3 years for PhD students) together with an annual maintenance award of £10,000. The scholarship is for one year in the first instance and in the case of PhD students, subject to satisfactory progress, will normally be renewed up to the maximum of a further 2 years.

HUGH KING FUND – FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Academic Session 2014-15

The Hugh King Fund is provided to enhance the reputation of the Law School. In 2014/15 the Law School will apply some of this fund to achieve this by making a sum of £4000 available as financial assistance to an MPhil or PhD applicant. S/he will receive a one-off payment of £4000 to be used to defray expenses incurred in pursuit of his/her postgraduate research degree. Fees are not waived and remain payable by the student.

Applications for the Campbell Burns scholarship and the Hugh King Fund Financial Assistance Award will be assessed together. The applicant ranked immediately below the successful Campbell Burns scholarship applicant(s) will be offered the Hugh King Fund Financial Assistance.

For Campbell Burns /Hugh King Fund schemes:

Eligibility:

  • A First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant area
  • Area of research interest resonant with the expertise and current interests of available Law School staff (see: https://www.strath.ac.uk/humanities/lawschool/staffphdstudents/).
  • If English is not the applicant’s first language, a minimum of 7 in IELTS, or equivalent, will be required.

Awards made:

At the discretion of the Head of the Law School.

Campbell Burns Scheme Regulations are available at: Campbell Burns Regulations 2014  

To apply:

(NB: all email correspondence should have “Campbell Burns / Hugh King” in the subject line)

  • Complete the application form (available at Campbell Burns application form 2014 ).
  • Email it, by the closing date, to hass-postgrad@strath.ac.uk
  • You must also arrange for two academic references to be emailed, to the same address, by the closing date (see application form for further details)
  • All applicants must also apply online (http://pgr.strath.ac.uk/) for a place on the PhD programme at Strathclyde.
  • Applicants already holding doctoral qualifications should not apply

 

The closing date is Friday 30th May 2014

Any queries should be directed to: hass-postgrad@strath.ac.uk

 

 

 

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Voices of the Cold War

 

AHRC PhD Studentship in collaboration with Imperial War Museums (IWM) and the University of Strathclyde

 

Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Strathclyde, on the oral history of the Cold War. This is offered under the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership programme.  The partner institutions are the University of Strathclyde and IWM.

 

The studentship will be supervised by Professor Arthur McIvor and Dr Emma Newlands of the Scottish Oral History Centre, University of Strathclyde, and Richard McDonough of IWM. The studentship, which is funded for three years full-time equivalent at standard AHRC rates, will begin on 1 October 2014.  

 

The Studentship

 

IWM wishes to extend the reach of its Oral History programme to cover those involved in the Cold War while their memories are still available. Research to be undertaken would start with a scoping study to suggest suitable target groups for inclusion, but would then include pilot interviews with one or more such groups to demonstrate the usefulness of the proposed approach.

 

This collaborative PhD would constitute the first systematic oral history project on the topic, investigating collective and individual memories of the Cold War and applying recent developments in oral history theory and methodology. This would address a major area neglected in the literature on the Cold War – just how it was perceived, lived through and remembered.

 

The award pays fees up to the value of the full time home/EU rate for PhD degrees as well as maintenance (the latter is available to UK citizens and residents only, for more information visit: www.ahrc.ac.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/Student-Funding-Guide.pdf). In addition, the student is eligible to receive up to £1,000 a year from IWM towards research expenses.

                                                           

How to Apply

 

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree in history, cultural studies or another relevant discipline, and will need to satisfy AHRC eligibility requirements including Masters-level advanced research training or equivalent.

 

Applicants should submit via email a curriculum vitae (no more than 2 pages), a sample of writing (e.g. publication; chapter of a Master’s thesis; honours dissertation), a brief letter outlining their qualification for the studentship and commenting on what they would do if awarded it, and the names and contact details of two academic referees to Emily Peirson-Webber, Research Manager, IWM at research@iwm.org.uk no later than 5pm on Thursday 10 April 2014. All documents should be submitted in either a MS Word or PDF format. Please ensure the subject line of your email appears as ‘surname, first name – IWM/Strathclyde studentship.’

 

Interviews are scheduled to be held in London on Friday 25 April 2014. For further information please contact Emily Peirson-Webber (EPeirson-Webber@iwm.org.uk | 020 7416 5461).

 

STRATEGIC TECHNOLOGY PARTNERSHIP STUDENTSHIPS

The University has appointed Capita as its strategic technology partner. As part of the Partnership agreement, Capita funds have been used to support four PhD Studentships with additional funds coming from across the University.  Three of these studentships are available within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences as follows:

 

MORE CHOICES, NO CHANCES? SUPPORTING INTERVENTIONS FOR PROMOTING THE REINTEGRATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE NOT IN EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT (NEET) THROUGH THE USE OF MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES

School of Social Work and Social Policy

This PhD studentship is developed with a view of advancing understanding of the effective approaches to supporting 16-19 years old young people who are not in education, training or employment (NEET), in times of austerity. Currently, tackling their exclusion is a priority for the Scottish Government, through the More Choices, More Chances initiative and for all local authorities and organisations working with disaffected youth. This research proposes to examine young people’s attitudes to being NEET, and barriers to engagement. The research will aim to look at young people’s use of mobile technologies for education, service access and leisure and capitalise on their skills and knowledge in order to inform personalised intervention plans. It will be interdisciplinary in nature, as it will bring together knowledge from education, social work, social policy and technology sciences to inform policy and practice in service delivery for disaffected youth.

The research will involve quantitative and qualitative methods, including a survey with about 300 young people, focus groups and individual case studies. The outcomes of the project will include accessible guidelines for practitioners and events for young people. The outcomes will also inform current policy on tackling youth unemployment in Scotland. There is strong potential for a range of knowledge exchange activities with a wide range of users, including policy makers, service providers, voluntary sector organisations and young people.

Student eligibility

This 3 year full-time PhD studentship is offered with a start date of October 2014 and will be supervised by Dr Daniela Sime, Senior Lecturer, and Dr Claire Lightowler, Director of the Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice. The successful candidate will receive an annual stipend of £13,863 and fees (up to the Home/EU rate only) will be covered. Applicants should hold at least a good Honours degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant Social Sciences discipline. In addition, a Master’s degree with a research methods training element or equivalent research experience, and/or experience of working with disadvantaged youth, would be advantageous.

 

Applicants already holding doctoral qualifications should not apply.

 

Closing date: 30th June 2014; it is likely that shortlisted candidates will be called for interview.

 

For informal enquiries about the studentship, please contact Dr. Daniela Sime at: daniela.sime@strath.ac.uk. Any other inquiries should be emailed to hass-postgrad@strath.ac.uk.

 

Application Process

Interested candidates with relevant training, experience and qualifications should submit a cover letter and CV via email to the Graduate School, at hass-postgrad@strath.ac.uk by the closing date. Please put “Capita scholarship – Sime” in the subject line

 

 

SUPPORTING ACTIVE LIFESTYLES THROUGH CONNECTED GLUCOSE AND ACTIVITY MONITOR TECHNOLOGY FOR PEOPLE WITH DIABETES

School of Psychological Sciences and Health

This PhD studentship is developed with a view of exploring new opportunities to use technology to support active lifestyles for individuals living with diabetes. Diabetes is a growing global public health problem and involves careful management of blood glucose levels. Leading an active lifestyle is important for successful management of blood glucose and overall diabetes health. This PhD will explore the potential to connect devices monitoring blood glucose levels and physical activity/sedentary behaviour to allow real-time monitoring and notifications and to explore the potential of this connected technology within interventions to support active lifestyles and improve blood glucose control for individuals with diabetes.

The research will involve quantitative and qualitative methods to identify suitable technologies and explore how to effectively collect, analyse and present data from multiple devices to support active lifestyles for individuals with diabetes. The outcomes of the project will be of interest to a range of individuals including people with diabetes, health care professionals, glucose monitoring companies, athletes, coaches and health promotion specialists. The applied nature of the project will also provide the student with opportunities to network with several organisations (e.g. physical activity and health providers and diabetes support teams and charities) and for knowledge exchange activities including communicating their research to health professionals and patient groups within diabetes, giving the student important transferrable skills.

 

Supervisory team and support

This studentship is partly funded by PAL Technologies, in addition to the funding offered by Capita and the University.

There is a strong multidisciplinary supervisory team. Dr Alison Kirk will be lead supervisor. She is a Senior Lecturer and active researcher in the Physical Activity for Health research group with significant experience of successful PhD supervision.  The team will also involve: Professor Sandra MacRury, a Professor of Clinical Diabetes at the University of Highlands and Islands and Consultant Endocrinologist and Diabetologist at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness and Mr Douglas Maxwell, Director of PAL Technologies.

The successful student will join the Physical Activity for Health research group within the School of Psychological Sciences and Health at Strathclyde University. This group is internationally recognised as a centre of excellence in the area of physical activity for health.  For more information about this group please visit http://www.strath.ac.uk/humanities/schoolofpsychologicalscienceshealth/physicalactivityforhealth/. The environment of this research group provides an excellent learning opportunity for PhD students; monthly research meetings are held with ample opportunity for students to lead discussions, learn from others, rehearse presentations and discuss methodologies. The student will also be given the opportunity to enhance their teaching skills within the BSc Sport and Physical Activity degree and will be expected to attend generic skills training courses offered within the University and externally.

 

Student eligibility

This 3 year full-time PhD studentship is offered with a start date of October 2014. The successful candidate will receive an annual stipend of £13,863 and fees (up to the Home/EU rate only) will be covered. Applicants should hold at least a good Honours degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant discipline. In addition, a Master’s degree with a research methods training element or equivalent research experience, and/or experience of working with people with diabetes, would be advantageous.

 

Applicants already holding doctoral qualifications should not apply.

 

Closing Date: 30th June 2014; it is likely that shortlisted applicants will be called for interview

 

For informal enquiries about the studentship, please contact Dr Alison Kirk at: alison.kirk@strath.ac.uk.  Any other inquiries should be emailed to hass-postgrad@strath.ac.uk.

 

Application Process

Interested candidates with relevant training, experience and qualifications should submit a cover letter and CV via email to the Graduate School, at hass-postgrad@strath.ac.uk by the closing date.  Please put “Capita scholarship – Kirk” in the subject line.

  

BIG DATA, URBAN ANALYTICS AND ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS

School: Institute for Future Cities, Economics

In an era when massive quantities of information are being gathered and produced about people as they live their lives in cities, there remain critical questions about the ethical storage, analysis and use of ‘big data’. The diversity of such data from health records, social media interactions, phone logs, camera images, government records and the many other ‘digital traces’ that people leave as they move within urban spaces raises issues which go beyond the analytic capabilities of large scale data searching and mining, to cover social attitudinal and moral dimensions about security, permission and sharing of such content.

 

Debates over ‘big data’ approaches have tended to focus on the more technical and instrumental aspects of the capacity to search, aggregate and cross-reference that is the essence of such analysis. Whilst proponents and critics of big data analysis debate the nature of objectivity, the merits of small versus large data, and the importance of meaning and context of data, public attitudes to the ethics associated with data on them individually and communities collectively is changing.

 

This doctoral study will examine how society’s attitudes to data security and permission are changing in the digital age, and how social attitudes differ from realities and social benefit aspirations of commercial data exploitation.  The study will use survey techniques to explore public attitudes to data use and examine attitudes of businesses towards data collection and use.  The study will also examine the attitudes and behaviours of business and public sector organisations as aggregators, users and transmitters of data – considering the individual attitudes and behaviour of managers and employees within such organisations, as well as the collective behaviour and policy position of organisations as a whole.  Identification of business examples of successful and unsuccessful adaptation of data governance and practice can be analysed to reveal the economic and reputational drivers, benefits and costs. 

 

Student eligibility

This 3-year full-time PhD studentship is offered with a start date of October 2014.  The primary supervisor will be Dr Robert Rogerson. The successful candidate will receive an annual stipend of £13,863 and fees (up to the Home/EU rate only) will be covered. Applicants should hold at least a good Honours degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant Social Sciences discipline. In addition, a Master’s degree with a research methods training element or equivalent research experience would be advantageous.

 

To apply:

 

  • Email, by the closing date, to hass-postgrad@strath.ac.uk, a CV and covering letter explaining your interest in and suitability for undertaking this PhD.  Please put “Capita scholarship – Rogerson” in the subject line
  • Provide, in the covering letter or CV, the names of two academic referees
  • Applicants already holding doctoral qualifications should not apply

 

 Closing date:  30 June 2014; it is likely that shortlisted applicants will be called for interview.

 

 For informal enquiries about the studentship, please contact the academic lead: Dr Robert Rogerson, Deputy Director, Institute for Future Cities: Email/telephone:  r.j.rogerson@strath.ac.uk, 0141 444 8628.  Any other inquiries should be emailed to hass-postgrad@strath.ac.uk.