Uk: PhD Studentship at University of York in Department of Education

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Deadline: 20 January 2014

The Department of Education at the University of York seeks a well-qualified and motivated candidate for a fully-funded ESRC PhD studentship in collaboration with the Higher Education Academy (HEA). The successful student will work on an exciting project to analyse data collected through the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey.

The Project

The project will utilise the UK’s Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) to answer key questions about the postgraduate student experience. This will include examining how postgraduates’ experience varies according to their type of programme. It will also involve investigating whether the postgraduate experience varies by student characteristics, such as gender, age, and whether a home or international student. These questions will be investigated using multivariate statistical techniques.

The project represents an excellent opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in academic research and the higher education policy environment. The student will be jointly supervised by Dr Paul Wakeling and Dr Gillian Hampden-Thompson, who have recently completed research on the transition to higher degrees for the HEA. The student will also benefit from working closely with the HEA’s Research, Policy and Surveys team who are responsible for PTES. The project will begin at an exciting time for research about postgraduate education.

The Research Environment

The student will join a thriving research student community in the Department of Education and the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre(DTC), which brings together ESRC-funded PhD researchers from the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. DTC students can access a wide range of training opportunities and develop a network of interdisciplinary contacts and develop expertise working across disciplines.


The successful student will have:

  • A good first degree (2.1 or first) in a relevant discipline
  • A masters degree in a relevant discipline (or will complete one by the start of the studentship)
  • Good statistical skills and an understanding of social science research methods, including secondary data analysis

The Award

The studentship is available offered on a full-time, ‘+3’ basis. It is tenable for three years from October 2014 and will cover tuition fees, an annual maintenance award of not less than £13,726 (UK students only) and a research training support grant (£750 p.a.). Eligibility for the award is determined by ESRC criteria;

How to apply

To apply for the studentship, please:

Applications should be submitted by 20 January 2014. 

Enquiries about the studentship should be addressed to Dr Paul Wakeling:

It is anticipated that interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates in the week beginning 27 January 2014.

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