David Goldman PhD studentship in Innovation and Enterprise

Newcastle University - Newcastle University Business School

Value of award

100% tuition fees at UK/EU rate, plus annual stipend equal to that provided by the Economic and Social Research Council (estimated rate of £13,590 in 2016/17).

Number of awards: 1

Start date and duration: The duration is 3 years.


The Goldman endowment to Newcastle University Business School was established in 2001 to commemorate the life and work of David Goldman, founder and Chief Executive of the North East’s iconic software company, the Sage Group plc.

The project will examine how online technologies can impact recovery from work-related activities.

Specific leisure activities (physical or social) have been found to contribute to employee recovery from work-related demands. Online technologies (social media, online videos, games) are often promoted as virtual environments, where users have unique experiences that allow them to escape after coming home from work. Nevertheless, activities related to online technologies have been hardly considered as activities that may help employees to distance themselves from work, and return to their base-line energy levels. The purpose of this project is to extend this line of reasoning by considering the role of online technologies as a recovery activity that contributes to employee unwinding from work-related demands, and consequently to optimal functioning at work. The project will explore differences between those who are self-employed and those who are not, with regards to the choice of technology used. Also to examine specific moderators to this investigated process. It is of interest to test how different types of online technologies facilitate or impede the recovery process, as well as the degree to which psychological experiences during the use of online technologies (e.g., flow in the activity).

Sponsor: Goldman Endowment

Name of supervisor(s)

Professor Savvas Papagiannidis

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should have a good honours degree (ideally first-class or 2:1 honours) in an area related to the proposed field of study (ideally in psychology). Applicants should also have, or expected to receive by autumn 2016, a Master’s-level qualification at ‘Merit’ or preferably ‘distinction’ level in a relevant subject area, eg business and management or psychology.

UK/EU and non-EU international candidates can apply. If English is not your first language, you must have overall IELTS score of 7.0 (with at least 6.5 in writing and speaking and 6.0 in all other sub-skills).

International students will have to pay a top up in fees between the UK/EU rate and the non-EU international rate.

The holder of the studentship may also have the opportunity to undertake a small amount of teaching within the school, paid at a standard hourly rate.

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account’.

All relevant fields should be completed, including the following information:

  • insert the programme code 8240F in the ‘programme of study’ section
  • select 'PhD Newcastle University Business School - Business (full time)’ as the programme of study
  • insert studentship code GOLD in the studentship/partnership reference field.

Please also submit a full and detailed C.V., a research proposal revolving around the topic mentioned in the call of around 1,000 – 2,000 words and a personal statement of around 500 words which sets out your reasons for applying.


Please email:

Professor Savvas Papagiannidis

David Goldman Professor of Innovation and Enterprise

Newcastle University Business School

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