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PhD Studentship: Effective Instruction in Literacy for Pupils with autism in SEN settings

Bangor University - School of Educational Sciences

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bangor
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: See advert details
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 27th September 2021
Closes: 5th November 2021

The Collaborative Institute for Education Research, Evidence and Impact (CIEREI) at the School of Educational Sciences, Bangor University, invites applications for a funded PhD studentship. The deadline for applications is 12.00 noon on 5th November 2021.

Background to the Project

Learning to read and write are considered two of the most important skills a child will acquire during their education. These literacy skills are considered crucial for allowing a child to progress academically and to lead a successful life post-education. Although the importance of literacy skills have been highlighted by researchers, national reports indicate that many children with learning disabilities and/or autism experience significant difficulties in acquiring basic literacy skills by the time they leave school.

This studentship will broadly focus on curriculum design and effective instruction in literacy for pupils with autism in SEN settings. During this studentship, there will be opportunities to contribute to the development, refinement and evaluation of the Abbey School Literacy approach. This project could involve working across a number of collaborating settings in England and Wales, and using a mixed-methods approach that could include evidence synthesis, staff surveys, interviews, focused evaluations, and robust experimental methods.   


The Studentship Award will commence in January 2022 and will cover your tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant; and includes access to an additional Research Training Support Grant. The majority of the study will take place between Bangor University and Abbey School in Chester.


The successful candidate will join a large collaborative team of experienced academics working between the three partnership organisations (Professors Carl Hughes, Sandy Toogood, Richard Hastings, & Drs Corinna Grindle, Katy Lee, Steve Noone), and a multi-disciplinary team of teaching and applied practitioners working in Abbey School.


Studentships are highly competitive, candidates should have an excellent academic background in Psychology or related areas (e.g., Education), holding a 1st or strong upper 2nd class degree; it is usual for PhD applicants to also hold a relevant Masters qualification. Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements.


Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview, which are expected to take place in November 2021. After interview, a final short-list of applicants will be put forward to a Panel which final decisions with regard to studentship awards will be made.


A completed application form, and accompanying documents for admission to doctoral study at Bangor University, should be submitted via the Direct Application Service at by the deadline. On the online application, please indicate that you are applying for the Abbey School-CIEREI collaborative award under the 'Finance' section. Please use the following working title under the 'Project title' section: Effective Instruction in Literacy for Pupils in SEN Settings. Please specify the potential start date as 5th January, 2022. Applications must include a covering letter, qualifications, references, CV, and reflections on topic.


Full details of this studentship can be found here: Informal enquiries about the studentship should be directed to

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