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.
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.
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.
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.
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