Grand Union Doctoral Studentships in Innovation in Learning

Open University - Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)

Location: Various locations

Please quote reference: 10829

Closing Date: 19 January, 2018 - 01:00


Innovation in Learning Pathway

Pathway highlights

This pathway is dedicated to supporting research into innovative approaches to learning, teaching and assessment.  Its focus is on the use of digital technology to strengthen openness, inclusion and wellbeing, particularly where these cross the boundary between formal and informal learning. 


The Innovation in Learning pathway is hosted by the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS), in partnership with the Open University’s Institute of Educational Technology (IET), which together form the Centre for Research in Education and Education Technology. The Centre’s vibrant Research Environment was scored 100% 4* and its research was ranked 2nd in the UK for ‘Research Power’ in REF 2014.  The Centre is home to a large and growing community of doctoral researchers, including a substantial cohort of Leverhulme Doctoral Scholars.  It offers a cohesive research community with many opportunities for interdisciplinary, collaborative and participatory research. The Centre’s interests link closely to research expertise in the Oxford Internet Institute and the Learning and New Technologies Research Group at Oxford’s Department of Education, creating opportunities for co-supervision and shared events. 

The pathway welcomes and encourages interdisciplinary research in areas as diverse as openness and digital inclusion, the uses of learning analytics, MOOCs and the educational mainstream, open educational practices, the uses of social media and mobile devices for learning.

Areas of interest encompass:

  • technology enhanced learning (learning analytics, innovation, openness)
  • technologies for inclusion (assistive technologies for disabled learners)
  • child-led research (e.g. digital storytelling)
  • creativity and technology
  • language and translation technologies
  • technologies for social and global justice

Specific research topics currently available:

  • life histories: technology, learning disability and the ‘good life’
  • what (and how) children learn about food from the digital media
  • personality and technology: how translators use digital tools
  • mapping the landscape of open and engaged research

There are two main routes into and through this pathway.  You should have or expect to have one of the following:

  • BA/BSc (Hons) First Class in Education Studies, Languages, Psychology, Philosophy, Computer Science or another appropriate discipline.  +4, FT (4 years) or PT (6 years).
  • MA/MSc with Distinction in Education Studies, Languages, Psychology, Philosophy, Computer Science or another appropriate discipline.  +3, FT (3 years) or PT (6 years).

Applying for a studentship:

Please see the links below for the full criteria for eligibility and funding support.

Interviews will commence in February/March 2018.

For detailed information and how to apply go to

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Application form


An application form and job related information are available from the links located below.  Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Anne Foward, Research Student Coordinator on 01908 655364 or by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community

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