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GRTA Studentship Opportunity: Transitioning to School in the Context of Covid 19

Birmingham City University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Birmingham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: please see advert text.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 8th September 2021
Closes: 26th September 2021
Reference: GRTA-ESW2

Contact for informal enquiries: Dr Elaine Matchett (

The Covid 19 crisis has represented significant challenges for the whole of the education and social work sectors. This research will be concerned with the transition to reception year and/or early Primary School. The particular focus of the research will be on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion issues and the experience of vulnerable children and their families at risk of exclusion. This will be a multi-disciplinary and hybrid project drawing on supervisory and School of Education and Social Work expertise in three particular areas; ITE Primary, Early Years and Social Work with Children and Families. Depending on the successful candidate we would hope that this work will overlap with our newly awarded EU Co-Map project that is looking at the school experiences of vulnerable (and newly vulnerable) young people during the Covid 19 related school closures. Resources, networks and experience can be shared between projects and the successful candidate could also choose to work with our City of Sanctuary Partner to support their GRTA research. As a result we would hope that a combination of these projects would constitute a new strand of activity in the School of Education and Social Work around a growing engagement with main stream schooling and the notion of ‘vulnerability’ in the research on children and families.

This is therefore an exciting opportunity to conduct a full-time PhD study to explore the impact of Covid 19 on a particular aspect of educational experience for children and families. We therefore welcome research proposals that grasp the current moment of potential and possibility and imagine alternative futures that inform policy and practice with a view to addressing issues of vulnerability in transition to Early Years/ Primary School.

The specifics of the area to explore in the research proposal will depend upon the candidate and their field of expertise and related interests.

Funding Information

This 48 month (4 year) full-time fully-funded GRTA Studentship comprises of two elements:

  • 1) 75 tax-free stipend of £11,707 per annum (paid monthly). The bursary is renewable annually for up to 48 months in total, subject to you making satisfactory progression within your PhD research.
  • 2) 25 fixed term contract of employment (Assistant Lecturer) - renewable for up to 48 months in total, subject to satisfactory performance and progression within your PhD research. The pro rata salary for 2021-22 is £7,708 (paid monthly).

This funding model also includes a FT Home fees studentship (£4,500 for 2021-22) for up to 4 years, subject to you making satisfactory progression within your PhD research.

This opportunity is open to UK, EU and Overseas applicants. International fee status applicants will be required to meet the difference in fee costs from their own funds

How to Apply

To apply, please complete an online application. In place of a personal statement applicants are required to upload a research proposal explaining their ideas about the selected project topic and how it might be studied. Please ensure you state the project reference GRTA-ESW2 on your proposal form.

Deadline for Applications

The closing date for applications is 23.59 on Sunday 26th September 2021 for a February 2022 start. 

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