KESS 2 Masters by Research Scholarship: Introducing and Evaluating the KiVa School-based Anti-bullying Programme in a Specialist School for Children with Additional Learning Needs

Bangor University - Bangor University School of Education

We are seeking a well-qualified psychology or education graduate with a 1st or good 2.1 to take up a KESS 2 funded Masters by Research studentship as soon as possible.

The Project

This project will identify challenges to implementation and adaptations made to the programme in two special schools that are already implementing KiVa and then evaluate the implementation of KiVa in a newly recruited school in North Wales for children with ALNs. It will use school based and child report measures of the extent of bullying prior to and after six months of implementation of KiVa, as well as collecting lesson delivery data and feedback.

The specific outputs from this research project:

  • A report on the experiences of two existing Welsh special schools that are already implementing KiVa on their experience of using the programme and any adaptations/challenges.
  • A review of the literature relating to bullying rates for children with additional learning needs and any existing evidence-based interventions to address this.
  • A pre-post evaluation of the effectiveness of KiVa in the new school for children with ALN including child and teacher report and interviews on adaptations to the programme etc.

Project Supervisors

The project is supported by the Children’s Early Intervention Trust charity and the charity supervisor will be Dr. Sue Evans (KiVa trainer).

Supervision will be provided by Prof. Carl Hughes School of Education, Centre for Evidence Based Early Intervention and Collaborative Institute for Education Research Evidence and Impact (CIEREI) and Prof. Judy Hutchings, Centre for Evidence Based Early Intervention, School of Psychology.

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. 

Details of KESS 2 can be found here:

How to apply:

Send a CV and covering letter to Prof. Carl Hughes ( and Prof. Judy Hutchings ( cc to Dr. Penny Dowdney ( by 5pm, Monday 28th May 2018.

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