PhD Studentship (ESRC South Coast DTP) - Exploring the Learning Trajectories of Students in Higher Education: The Role of Individual and Contextual Variables in Impacting Student Learning Outcomes

University of Southampton - Southampton Education School


Professor Carol Evans (Southampton Education, School Lead Supervisor) (, Dr James Hall and Doctor Chris Downey (Southampton Education School), (Southampton Education School).

Project Description

The aim of this project is to explore the learning trajectories of different groups of students within higher education over time to enhance our understanding of the impact of individual and contextual variables on student learning outcomes. Project findings should help reduce variation in outcomes as part of an inclusive approach to ensuring greater equity of opportunity for students within higher education. Advanced quantitative methods such as latent growth analysis will be used to explore student learning trajectories with a specific emphasis on BME and low socio-economic class students. Inter- and intra-individual patterns of change over time will be analysed.

Skills Required

Ability to handle large data sets; strong quant analysis skills; experience of multilevel &/or structural equation modelling (preferred).

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications is 16.00, 25 June, 2018. The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at:

For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above. For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us at

Funding Notes

South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £14,777 (2018/19 UKRI rate), plus payment of all programme fees. Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found on the SCDTP website (

Funding is provided for 3 years full-time PhD study (pro-rata for part-time students). Applications for 1+3 funding for students completing a Master's year prior to the commencement of PhD study are also welcome (details available at

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