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2017 PhD Scholarship Programme: UNSW Australia

UNSW Australia is seeking applicants for the 2017 Scientia PhD Scholarship Programme

Research Area of Interest: Knowledge Exchange – Social Policy, Government and Health Policy – Social and Educational Inclusion and Disability

Specific Topic Area:  People with cognitive disability and complex support needs – voices in policy and practice

Description of the proposed project: This project will be an empirical inquiry into the experiences of people with cognitive disability who experience intense social disadvantage and connected with mental health issues, substance misuse, homelessness and/or contact with the criminal justice system. The project captures the voices of this group via innovative strategies to ensure the challenges they encounter are understood in multiple arenas of social care.

More information on the scheme and the application process is available via the following link: https://www.arts.unsw.edu.au/research/research-culture/scientia-fellowships-scholarships/2017-scientia-scholarships/

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PhD Studentship Opportunities at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York (UK)

White Rose DTC ESRC Networks promote collaboration across the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.  The intention is to support interdisciplinary research excellence and develop critical mass in key areas of research with the aim of building long-term research partnerships between the White Rose Universities.

Title of network: Complexity and Disabled Selfhood: An Inter-Disciplinary White Rose Network

 Each studentship is tenable from Session 2014 and will provide Home/EU tuition fees and a maintenance grant paid at standard Research Council rates. It is expected that the student appointed to the project will liaise with both supervisors at least 6 times a year. Applicants for these studentships will be expected to hold a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent.

For further information, contact the named supervisor below:

Academic lead
Name: Professor Alan Roulstone
Department/School: Sociology and Social Policy
University: University of Leeds
Tel: 0113 3434434
Email Address: a.roulstone@leeds.ac.uk

STUDENTSHIP ONE – Imagining Work: Disabled Young People, Narratives on the Boundaries of Work and Welfare

Principal Supervisor
Name: Professor Alan Roulstone
Department/School: Sociology and Social Policy
University: University of Leeds
Tel:01133434434
Email: a.roulstone@leeds.ac.uk

Co-Supervisor: Professor Peter Dwyer
Current position: Professor of Social Policy University of York

STUDENTSHIP TWO – Contesting neoliberal education and able citizenship: Some postconventionalist alternatives

Principal Supervisor:
Name: Professor Dan Goodley
Department/School: Education
University: University of Sheffield
Tel: 0114 222 8185
Email: d.goodley@sheffield.ac.uk

Co-supervisor:
Name: Dr Angharad Beckett
Department/School: Sociology and Social Policy
University: University of Leeds
Tel:0113 343 4409
Email: a.e.beckett@leeds.ac.uk

STUDENTSHIP THREE – Overcoming the Barriers: Including People with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities in Research

Principal Supervisor:
Name: Prof Celia Kitzinger
Department/School:Sociology
University: York
Tel:07872472740
Email: celia.kitzinger@york.ac.uk

Co-Supervisor: Dr Kathy Boxall
Current position: Lecturer in Social Work

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PhD Opportunities – ‘Biohybrid Human Network’ @ Univ. of Sheffield

Multidisciplinary PhDs in Social Science, Humanities, Bioscience and Engineering: Biohybrid Human Network

Deadline for applications: 17th January 2014; Entry date: 1st October 2014

***project 5 and 6 might be of particular interest to disability studies peeps***

Background: Rapid developments in bioengineering, computer science, psychology, and biomedicine are leading to increasing levels of interaction between humans and emerging biotechnologies in a wide range of settings from the clinic to the classroom. The use of these new technologies takes many forms, including implants, prosthetics, drugs and devices that modify or augment the body, and at the same time create new forms of individual and collective identity. These changes challenge both existing scientific and cultural categories and blur the boundaries between natural, social, and synthetic objects. The blurring of these boundaries raises important issues such as at what point does biology become artefact and technology become alive? In our increasingly biohybrid world, what does it mean to be living? And what does it mean to be human? The goal of the Biohybrid Human Network is to understand both the interactions and the distinctions between what we are and what we create, and to improve how we interact with our inventions. It involves academics from across the University of Sheffield and is initially focussed around three core research themes; i) biohybrid systems, ii) biohybrid individuals, iii) biohybrid societies. 

We aim to create a cohort of PhD students who will work with the Biohybrid community to unite the pure and social sciences, medicine, engineering, and the arts. This requires flexible individuals with a range of backgrounds who will learn from each other and gain a wide range of research skills and enhanced interdisciplinary knowledge.   We welcome applications from students who should have or expect to achieve an undergraduate honours degree at 2.1 or higher in a relevant field e.g. in computer science, cognitive science, Ecology, environmental engineering, neuroscience, psychology, social science or humanities. Students will receive a scholarship which will cover tuition fees at UK/EU rate and an annual stipend equivalent at the standard RCUK rate for 3 years full-time.

Projects available through the network:

  1. Communicating with the environment through artificial ears: Perception of emotion in speech and music by cochlear implant users (Renee Timmers,r.timmers@sheffield.ac.uk; Department of Music).
  2. Synthetic ecology: Engineering natural system (Jags Pandhal,j.pandhal@sheffield.ac.uk; Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering).
  3. Towards an embodied model of multimodal musical learning (Stuart Wilson,s.p.wilson@sheffield.ac.uk; Department of Psychology).
  4. Modelling the (biohybrid) human using ‘living machines (Paul Martin,paul.martin@sheffield.ac.uk; Department of Sociological Studies).
  5. Posthuman, enhanced and lacking bodies: Rethinking the human (Dan Goodley,d.goodley@sheffield.ac.uk; School of Education).
  6. Posthumanism, migrant and dis/abled bodies (Nishat Awan,n.awan@sheffield.ac.uk; School of Architecture).

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the lead supervisor(s) directly to discuss and develop a project idea that interests them. Formal applications including a 3 page summary of the project idea (developed in collaboration with the lead supervisor), CV (with reference details – we will NOT contact your referees; it is your responsibility to request references and ensure we receive them), and degree transcripts (if available) should be submitted to the lead supervisor of the project you are interested in by 17thJanuary 2014.

The advert is live at: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/scholarships/projects/biohybrid

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PhD Opportunity: School of Education, Oxford Brookes University (UK)

The School of Education, Oxford Brookes University is looking for a strong candidate for one, three-year, full-time Ph.D. studentship. For the successful candidate the home/EU fee will be paid by the University and students will receive an annual stipend of £7000 for three years beginning in 2013/14. The studentship is open to both home/EU and International students, but International applicants should be aware that they would need to fund the difference between the home/EU and International research degree fees each year for the duration of the award.

The studentship is intended for candidates, who will pursue Ph.D. research that falls within the following research areas (this list is not exclusive and applications in other research areas are also welcomed):

  • Learning, Identity and Culture
  • Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
  • Childhood, Families and Community
  • Educational Purposes, Ethics and Beliefs
  • Partnership, Policy and Leadership

As a successful applicant, you will join a supportive and research-active School. In the RAE 2008, 70% research in the School was judged to be of International quality.

Eligibility: We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality, with the capability of submitting a Ph.D. thesis within 3 years. The successful candidate is expected to have completed, or be in the process of completing, a relevant Masters degree. The Studentship holder may also be required to complete supplementary research methods training in their first year of study. The candidate should also be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities and be fluent in spoken and written English.

Deadline: The closing date for  applications is 17:00 on Monday 25th November 2013

Interview date: Interviews will be held from the week commencing Monday 9th December 2013

Start date:  January 2014

How to apply: To request an application pack and for further details of how to apply, please contact the Research Administrator, Marinka Walker:

Email: hss-researchdegrees@brookes.ac.uk

Tel: + 44 (0) 1865 48 8585  Fax: + 44 (0) 1865 48 6666

For further information, please consult our website: http://www.education.brookes.ac.uk/research/degrees/studentships