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Birmingham City University

Health, Education and Life Sciences PhD Studentships

The Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences (HELS) is based at our City South Campus. The Faculty has a strong focus on the training of health and education professionals with a rapidly growing life sciences portfolio.

HELS is making major investments in growing the quality and volume of research across its three constituent Schools (The Schools of Education and Social Work, Health Sciences, and Nursing and Midwifery) through investments in academic staff and researchers, doctoral students and new labs and equipment. This work is led by three centres of research excellence: the Centre for Studies in Practice and Culture in Education (CSPACE); the Centre for Social Care, Health and Related Research (CSCHaRR); and the Centre for Life and Sport Sciences (CLaSS). We are pleased to invite applications for two new fully funded PhD opportunities to support this work.

Funded PhD Opportunities to start Monday 6th September 2021

HELS is seeking to recruit scholars to undertake Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant (GRTA) posts in relation to the following two projects:

GRTA Funding Information

GRTA opportunities at Birmingham City University provide you with an opportunity to study for a PhD whilst gaining experience as an Assistant Lecturer on a funded, 48 month (4 year) programme. The GRTA payments consist of two elements:

  1. 0.75 GRTA DTG – tax-free stipend paid monthly and has a current (2020/21) value* of £11,463.75 per annum (paid monthly). The bursary is renewable annually for up to 48 months in total, subject to you making satisfactory progression within your PhD research.
  2. 0.25 fixed term contract of employment (Assistant Lecturer) – renewable for up to 48 months in total, subject to satisfactory performance and progression within your PhD research. Please note that the pro rata salary* in 2020-21 will be £7,707.75 (and this may be subject to some taxation).

This funding model also includes a FT Home fees* studentship (£4,407 for 2020-21) for up to 4 years, subject to you making satisfactory progression within your PhD research.

If you are interested in a career in academia, working as a GRTA enables you to develop a range of transferable skills while building up vital work experience in your field.

GRTA opportunities are open to UK, EU and Overseas applicants. All applicants will receive the same stipend irrespective of fee status, however international applicants will be required to meet the difference in fee costs from their own funds.

We particularly welcome applicants from groups currently under-represented in our research community including LGBT+ applicants, applicants from Black Asian and minority ethnic communities and disabled applicants.

Birmingham City University is Stonewall Diversity Champion and holds an Athena Swan Bronze award. The School of Nursing and Midwifery has recently been awarded a department level Athena Swan Bronze award. At Birmingham City University we are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. All staff are expected to understand and enact the University’s commitment to ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion in our employment practice and in all that we do. This commitment is enshrined in our Core Values and is detailed in our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Employment Policy. The University values and celebrates the diversity of our staff and students; we welcome people from the many different backgrounds and life experiences that reflect the students and the citizens we serve. We do not discriminate against applicants and actively encourage unique contributions and difference in respect of age, ability, disability, sex, gender or gender identity, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender status.

*The funding levels for 2021-22 are likely to increase slightly on the amounts cited for 2020-21.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 23.59 on Sunday 25th April 2021.

To apply, please complete the project proposal form and then complete your online application (via the link attached to each individual project) where you will be required to upload your proposal in place of a personal statement. Please ensure you state the relevant project reference on your proposal form.

To support applicants who may wish to find out more about us and the process of applying for a doctoral role we are offering a virtual applicant event on Monday 15th March, 16.00 – 17.00. The format will be a Q and A session with HELS Faculty colleagues and postgraduate researchers (PGRs) focusing on these posts and the HELS environment. Contact drc-hels@bcu.ac.uk to book a place.

Alternatively you may wish to speak to one of our Directors of Doctoral Research: Dr Kate Thomson, (Kate.Thomson@bcu.ac.uk) Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health; Dr Tony Armstrong (Tony.Armstrong@bcu.ac.uk) Education.

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