MPhil/PhD Scholarship - Teaching Quality at Universities: Students' Gender-Specific Expectations and their Impact on Teaching Evaluations

University of Greenwich - Faculty of Education and Health


Standardised assessments are widely used in research and applied settings, such as in the National Student Survey (NSS). But the ways in which people understand these tools and generate their answers to rating scales are still not well understood. This VC scholarship aims to investigate the ways in which students actually interpret and use teaching evaluation scales in different sciences.

The research will explore if students have gender-specific expectations to their teachers and therefore judge male and female teachers’ performances differently, although such differences may not be reflected in observable teaching behaviours. A better understanding of the social knowledge and mental processes students apply to judge teaching quality on quantitative scales can help devise evaluation methods that minimise implicit biases, improve gender equality, and enhance accuracy, and thus the comparability of teaching evaluations across teachers, faculties, and universities.

This exciting scholarship will draw on qualitative research methods as well as on statistical analyses and will involve investigations of teaching evaluations at different faculties. If desired, the successful applicant will also have access to software for video-based behavioural coding and online surveys for data collection in various formats, and they may also wish to conduct semi-structured interviews.

For further information, please contact the supervisor: Dr Jana Uher (

Bursary available (subject to satisfactory performance):

  • Year 1: £14,777
  • Year 2 and 3: In line with UKRI rate

The successful candidate will receive a contribution to tuition fees equivalent to the university’s Home/EU rate, currently £4,260, for the duration of their scholarship. International applicants will need to pay the remainder tuition fee, currently £9,240, for the duration of their scholarship. This fee is subject to an annual increase. Scholarships are available for three years, full-time study from the date scholars first register as an MPhil/PhD student with the university. Applicants must meet the programme entry requirements. 

For additional information about the scholarship please go to:

Please read this information before making an application. Applications need to be made online via No other form of application will be considered.

All applications must include the following information. Applications not containing these documents will not be considered.

  • Scholarship Reference Number (Ref) – included in the personal statement section together with your personal statement as to why you are applying
  • a research proposal related to the subject topic *
  • a CV including 2 referees *
  • academic qualification certificates/transcripts and IELTs/English Language certificate if you are an international applicant or if English is not your first language or you are from a country where English is not the majority spoken language as defined by the UK Border Agency *

*upload to the qualification section of the application form. Attachments need to be in PDF format.

The closing date for applications is midnight (UTC) on 15 July 2018.

The scholarship must commence before 31 October 2018.

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