PhD Studentship: The Relationship between Earnings Quality and Corporate Social Responsibility CSR : the UK Evidence

Loughborough University

Start date: 01 October 2017 or 01 January 2018

Closing date: 08 August 2017


Primary supervisor: Dr Yasser Eliwa

Secondary supervisor: Professor Noel O’Sullivan

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Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity [REF2014] and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Graduate School, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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Project Detail:

The aim of this PhD project is to investigate whether more socially responsible firms exhibit higher earnings quality. In particular, since earnings quality measures the “honesty” of financial reporting this project seeks to ascertain whether firms exhibiting high levels of corporate social responsibility deliver more transparent and reliable financial information to investors than firms that do not have the same socially responsible credentials in the UK context.

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Entry requirements:

UK Masters degree with average programme mark of no less than 65% or International equivalent. English Language requirement of IELTS band 7.0 or above with not less than 7.0 in each component.

Funding information:

The studentship provides a tax free stipend of £14,553 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. International [non EU] students may apply however the total value of the studentship will be used towards the cost of the International tuition fee in the first instance.

Contact details:

Name: Dr Yasser Eliwa

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How to apply:

All applications should be made online at Under program name, select Business School

Please quote reference number: SBE-YENOS2017

Please upload all the supporting documents listed below:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A 500 word personal statement explaining your interest in, and aptitude for, the topic of this research project. In particular we would like to learn about what qualities do you feel you can bring to the project.
  • A research proposal [maximum 1500 words] explaining why you wish to undertake this doctoral research while expanding on the Project Outline above and/or including ideas of your own.
  • Copies of your transcripts/certificates
  • Two academic references.
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