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Fully funded studentship - Literacy and numeracy amongst A-level and non-A-Level students: Higher Education Attainment

Eligibility: UK/EU (International students are welcome to apply, but will need to meet the difference between Home and International fees.)

Application Deadline: 30 April 2019


The University of East Anglia and Norwich Business School are delighted to announce the availability of a fully funded PhD scholarship centred around the issue of ‘Literacy and numeracy amongst A-level and non-A level students: Higher Education Attainment’.  We seek applicants who are passionate about education, widening participation and research.


Rationale and significance of the research

The recently developed and introduced ‘Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework’ (TEF) is a national exercise, introduced by the UK Government in England. It assesses ‘excellence’ in teaching at universities and colleges. Of particular importance is the TEF’s focus on a six of key performance indicators: non-continuation rates; employment destinations; highly skilled employment; academic support; assessment and feedback; and teaching quality.


The proposed doctoral research will focus on UEA undergraduate students with the aim of collecting data relating to the educational achievement of students prior to entry to their degree course and the possible connections between pre-degree entry skills and attainment in terms of degree outcome along with employment destinations on graduation.


Research Methodology

The proposed study will adopt a mixed methods approach employing both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods and analysis.



Applicants who have already completed research methods training at Masters’ level, will benefit from mentoring and training from two experienced researchers. The student will also be expected to avail themselves of the additional training provided in-house by the UEA for researchers. The student will receive the normal academic training associated with undertaking a PhD that would enable them to succeed in obtaining their PhD and embarking on an academic career.

Those applicants who have not yet completed Masters level research methods training may be considered for the “1+3” route. This would entail undertaking the MRes in Social Science Research Methods at UEA during the first year (Year 1). Following the successful completion of the MRes, the student could then embark upon the three-year doctoral programme. This would require four years of study. Funding would be adjusted to cover the four-year period.


Person specification

We seek candidates who possess a higher degree (Masters level) in social sciences. Subjects could include Management Studies, Economics, Politics, Sociology or Education and who have skills in both quantitative and qualitative data handling.  We particularly welcome applications from those candidates who have already undertaken research methods training (in both quantitative and qualitative data handling).  Applications for a 1+3 award will be considered from those who do not have Masters’ level research methods training, such applicants must have at least an Upper Second class degree in a social science subject.


Funding Notes

This studentship is being funded as part of UEA’s commitment to the Office for Students to supporting Widening Participation.  This studentship is funded for 3 (or possibly 4) years and comprises home/EU fees, and for the period of PhD study, an annual stipend of £14,777 and £1,000 per annum to support research training. International students are welcome to apply, but will need to meet the difference between Home and International fees.


To discuss the application process, please contact the UEA PGR Office - email: pgr.enquiries.admiss@uea.ac.uk - tel (01603 591709) Please click to access the application form to apply for a PhD.


Graduate Teaching Assistant – PhD Studentship Scheme

Deadline for all applications is 30th April 2019

Start Date: 01 October 2019

Norwich Business School (NBS) is investing in three-year PhD Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) studentships. These studentships are open to Home and EU students only.

The School is looking for five GTAs in the following research and teaching areas (please refer to https://www.uea.ac.uk/norwich-business-school/research/research-areas for details):

·         Accounting;

·         Employment Systems and Institutions;

·         Finance;

·         Innovation, Technology and Operations Management;

·         Marketing;

·         Responsible Business Regulation;

·         Strategy and Entrepreneurship.


Studying for a PhD under an NBS GTA studentship will be a life changing experience, equipping you with the expertise, knowledge, skills and experience to fast-track a successful academic career. GTAs are registered as PhD students, rather than as staff members, but participate as valuable members of the NBS academic team delivering its taught degree programmes and other activities while pursuing their own research studies under supervision.

Your doctoral research is your primary objective, but you will be given the opportunity to develop a set of other skills and experiences that are also necessary. This will include participating in the delivery of NBS undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including seminars, tutorials and marking.

The key components of the NBS GTA Scheme are as follows:

·         Full tuition fees (home/EU level of fees)

·         A tax-free maintenance grant (currently £14,533 per year)

·         Conference and training fund £1000 per year

·         Developing Teaching Skills: 20 credit Masters’ module, which is a part of the Higher Education Practice (MA HEP)

·         Develop teacher training relationships with teaching mentors in addition to your PhD supervisors

·         Be a member of NBS's vibrant and exceptional academic community

·         Be provided with a workspace, computing facilities, access to extensive resources (including staff common rooms in the TPSC), inclusion in regular research seminars and a web profile/homepage as an NBS GTA 



·         Upper second (2:1) undergraduate degree and a good merit Master’s degree (65%). Applicants with a background outside social sciences are also welcome but may be required to undertake additional training during their PhD studies. 

·         English Language: If English is not your native language, you must fulfil the Language Requirements for research degrees (IELTS 7.0 at least 6.5 in each component)



Please refer to https://www.uea.ac.uk/norwich-business-school/research-degrees/how-to-apply  for the details about the application process 


For an informal discussion, please contact:

PGR Director; Dr Ricardo Malagueno de Santana; email: r.malagueno@uea.ac.uk

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