PhD Studentship - Using Education Economics to Evaluate the Impact of Strategic Educational Improvement Programmes

Bangor University - Schools of Psychology and Healthcare Science

Collaborative Institute of Education, Research Evidence and Impact (CIEREI); Bangor University Schools of Psychology and Healthcare Science

Project ID: BUK2126
Annual Stipend: £14, 340
Application Deadline: September 30th,2017

Full details of this scholarship can be viewed at:

A new model of Collaborative working for North Wales: CIEREI, Bangor University and GwE

Given the dearth of evidence surrounding economic evaluations of education programmes, particularly in the UK, this PhD provides an exciting opportunity for GwE, and partner schools, to develop a more sophisticated understanding of how education data can be used to understand the cost effectiveness of improvement programmes. The PhD will focus on the development of a new evaluation model for GwE to use on a wide range of improvement programmes (e.g., leadership, numeracy and literacy outcomes, school-to-school working).

The studentship is expected to start in October 2017. Applicants will have a first class or upper-second-class undergraduate degree and, preferably, an MSc in Psychology, Health Economics, Education or another related topic. Previous knowledge of health economics and/or an interest in the topic is desirable.

Project supervisors :
Academic supervision would be provided by Dr Carl Hughes
Secondary supervision team: Dr Joanna Charles, Dr Richard Watkins (GwE),
Expert Advisory Team (Project Steering and Specific expert advice)
Prof Rhiannon Tudor Edwards, and Mr Ian Kelly (Teaching Teachers Ltd. Teaching Teachers [Wales] Ltd,

How to apply:
Send a covering letter and CV to Dr. Carl Hughes (, with copy to Dr. Penny Dowdney ( by 5pm, Friday 30th September.

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in the Convergence Area of Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification.

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