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Literacy and Numeracy amongst A-level and non A-level students: Higher Education Attainment (Fairbrass _U19WP)

University of East Anglia - Norwich Business School

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Norwich
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £14,777 plus £1,000 per annum to support research training
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 19th March 2019
Closes: 30th April 2019

Location: Norwich

Start date: October 2019

Closing date: 30 April 2019

No. of positions available: 1

Hours: Full Time

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 proposed 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. 

Applicants 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 associated with undertaking a PhD that would enable them to succeed in obtaining their PhD and embarking on an academic career.

Those applicants who have not yet completed Masters’ level research methods training may be considered for the “1+3” route. This would entail undertaking the MRes in Social Science Research Methods at UEA during the first year (Year 1). Following the successful completion of the MRes, the student could then embark upon the three-year doctoral programme. This would require four years of study. Funding would be adjusted to cover the four-year period.

Person Specification: 

Acceptable first degree - Subjects could include Management Studies, Economics, Politics, Sociology or Education. The standard minimum entry requirement is 2:1. 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 as part of UEA’s commitment to the Office for Students to supporting Widening Participation.  This studentship is funded for 3 (or possibly 4) years and comprises home/EU fees, and for the period of PhD study, 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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