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PhD Studentship: Evaluating modalities of delivery of a fluency-based mathematics programme.

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: 29th October 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.

Background to the Project

Say-All-Fast-Minute-Every-Day-Shuffled (SAFMEDS) is an empirically supported flashcard strategy that pupils can use to build fluency of fact-based or reading skills. When coupled with data-informed decisions using Precision Teaching methods, the SAFMEDS strategy can be an effective way of helping pupils to accelerate their fluency progress and prevent prolonged periods of non-progression.

This PhD studentship aims to answer the following research aims: (1) A comparison of the impact of handheld and online applications of the SAFMEDS strategy; (2) An evaluation of the effects of virtual and in-situ implementation support for the SAFMEDS strategy; and (3) An exploration of ways to improve parental provision for the SAFMEDS strategy and precision teaching. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to gain training and experience of mixed-method approaches including randomised trials and focus groups.


The Studentship Award will commence in November 2021 and will cover your tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant; and includes access to an additional Research Training Support Grant. The successful candidate will be based at Bangor University and have the opportunity to work closely with mainstream schools across North Wales.


This studentship contributes to an ongoing SAFMEDS programme within North Wales, resulting in a collaboration between CIEREI and GwE. The successful candidate will be supervised by Professor Carl Hughes (Bangor University), Dr Kaydee Owen (Bangor University), and Dr Richard Watkins (GwE).


Studentships are highly competitive, candidates should have an excellent academic background in Education, Psychology or related areas (e.g., applied behaviour analysis), 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.


The closing deadline for applications is 12.00 noon on October 29th, 2021. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview, which are expected to take place in beginning of 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.

Incomplete applications or applications received after this specified time will not be accepted. On the on-line application, please indicate that you are applying for the GwE-CIEREI collaborative award under the 'Finance' section. Please use the following working title under the 'Project title' section: Evaluating modalities of delivery of a fluency-based mathematics programme. Please specify the potential start date as 1 December, 2021. 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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