PhD opportunity at Sheffield Hallam University: Exploring the lives of trans, non-binary and gender nonconforming disabled young people

Project Lead: Dr Jen Slater (j.slater@shu.ac.uk)

A recent report from the UK Anti-Bullying Alliance (2017) indicated that disabled young people are often not believed when they say that they are trans. Noting this, and a general lack of qualitative research documenting the experience of trans and non-binary disabled children and young people, you will develop qualitative methods to explore the lives of trans and non-binary disabled young people. You are free to develop a proposal within this broad remit, which may wish to concentrate on a particular context (e.g. schools, families, youth services, media representation, age-group). Applications which critique medicalised approaches are particularly welcome.

It is anticipated that the project would lead to public and professional engagement activities that could inform popular perceptions and understandings, and likely lead to impact on practice in education settings, and across voluntary and youth sector services. In turn this could contribute to potentially marginalised young people’s wellbeing. This impact will be supported via the supervisors’ existing activities and relationships with relevant public bodies and voluntary sector organisations. Our aim would always be to extend dissemination well beyond the academy. The supervisors in Sheffield Institute of Education (SIoE) have experience of accessing further funding to support such activities, for example having run various successful ESRC Festival of Social Science events previously.

Successful applicants will receive the additional benefits of involvement with the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership Education, Childhood, and Youth Pathway.

How to apply

Applicants must email a postgraduate application form (including a 1500 word proposal) to fdsresearch@shu.ac.uk by 17:00 on Wednesday 24 January 2018. At this stage, you only need to include the names and contact details for referees and do not have to request references.

We strongly recommend that you contact the theme lead
to discuss and develop your research proposal before submitting your application form. Please indicate clearly in your email whether you would like to be considered for: • Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Scholarship offered by the Faculty of Development and Society • University PhD scholarship • White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership scholarship • All scholarship schemes

Please note – GTA scholarship holders will be expected to contribute to the resourcing of the student experience during their second and third years of study, either through seminar teaching or some other form of student support. This forms part of the terms and conditions of the scholarship and there is no additional payment for it.

Successful applicants who are studying for a masters qualification must complete their course of study before taking up their PhD place.

Fees are paid at home/EU levels only. Where English is not your first language, you must show evidence of English language ability to the following minimum level of proficiency: an overall IELTS score of 7.0 or above, with at least 7.0 in each component or an accepted equivalent. Please note that your test score must be current, i.e. within the last two years.

Please view our eligibility criteria before submitting an application.

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