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Literacy And Numeracy Amongst A-Level And Non A-Level Students: Higher Education Attainment (Fairbrass_U19WP)

University of East Anglia - The University of East Anglia and Norwich Business School

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Norwich
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £14,777 £1,000 per annum to support research training
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 3rd December 2018
Closes: 28th February 2019

Start Date: Oct 2019

No. of positions available: 1

Hours:  Full time

Contract: Contract/ Temporary

Supervisor: Dr Jenny Fairbrass

Project description:

The University of East Anglia and Norwich Business School are delighted to announce the availability of a fully funded PhD scholarship centred around the issue of “Literacy and numeracy amongst A-level and non-A level students: Higher Education Attainment”. We seek applicants who are passionate about education, widening participation and research. 

Rationale and significance of the research

The recently developed and introduced ‘Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) is a national exercise, introduced by the UK Government in England. It assesses ‘excellence’ in teaching at universities and colleges. Of particular importance is the TEF’s focus on six key performance indicators: non-continuation rates; employment destinations; highly skilled employment; academic support; assessment and feedback; and teaching quality. The doctoral research will focus on UEA students with the aim of collecting data relating to the educational achievement of students prior to entry to their degree course and the possible connections between pre-degree entry skills and attainment in terms of degree outcome along with employment destinations on graduation. 

Research Methodology

The proposed study will adopt a mixed methods approach employing both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods and analysis. 

This is a Supervisor-led PhD and the student will benefit from mentoring and training from two experienced researchers. The students will also be expected to avail themselves of the training provided in-house by the UEA for researchers. The student will receive the normal academic training associated with undertaking a PhD that would enable them to succeed in obtaining their PhD and embarking on an academic career. 

Person specification: 

We seek candidates who possess a higher degree (Masters level) in social sciences. Subjects could include Management Studies, Economics, Politics, Sociology or Education. Candidates should have skills in both quantitative and qualitative data handling and have experience of conducting independent research (e.g. a dissertation).

Funding notes: 

This studentship is being funded by UEA, as part of UEA’s commitment to the Office for Students to supporting Widening Participation.  This studentship is funded for 3 years and comprises home/EU fees, an annual stipend of £14,777 and £1,000 per annum to support research training. International students are welcome to apply, but will need to meet the difference between Home and International fees.

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