PhD Studentship: Design, Development and Evaluation of a Dignity at Work Toolkit

Loughborough University

Start date: 1st October 2018

Closing date: 6th April 2018


Primary supervisor: Dr Iain Coyne

Secondary supervisor: Dr Ray Randall

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:

Our understanding of the prevalence, correlates and outcomes of bullying at work has progressed rapidly within the past 20 years. By contrast, development and evaluation of evidence-based interventions has tended to lack the same level of research. This proposed research will aim to address this gap in our current understanding of bullying at work. Working closely with a network of academics, professional bodies, unions, charities and representatives from the public/private sector, this three-year PhD will:

  • Assess the extent and variety of bullying interventions operated within UK organisations
  • Create a framework of bullying interventions based on a primary, secondary and tertiary model
  • Help to develop a dignity at work toolkit
  • Evaluate the toolkit in the short, medium and long-term.

For this exciting opportunity, we are looking for someone with a background (at MSc level) in work/business/organisational psychology, who has a real desire to research bullying at work, a high level of research methods and statistics knowledge, someone who is organised and someone who has an ability to liaise with individuals at different levels.

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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 £14,777 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 cover the cost of the International tuition fee only.

Contact details:

Name: Dr Iain Coyne, Senior Lecturer in Organisational Psychology

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How to apply:

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

Please quote reference number: SBE-IC18

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.
  • 2-3 samples of writing such as MSc dissertation, journal or conference article, essays from your MSc degree
  • Copies of your transcripts/certificates
  • Two academic references.
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