|Location:||Loughborough University, Loughborough|
|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students, International Students|
|Funding amount:||£18,000 tax-free stipend per annum|
|Hours:||Full Time, Part Time|
|Placed On:||8th February 2023|
|Closes:||30th June 2023|
Presently, there are still, lower proportions of engineering students and professionals that are female; with a declared disability; from low-socioeconomic; or ethnic minority backgrounds.
The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) challenges are compounded by an increased risk of poorer Higher Education outcomes, higher unemployment, and reduced translation into management. It is anticipated the next decade will bring further challenges given some of these groups have also been hardest hit by the Covid pandemic.
It is widely recognised change needs to accelerate and there is a need for change in how we educate the next generations of engineers. Research and discussions with students, staff, external partners, and industry and professional bodies cemented a central focus of our work in enhanced opportunities for students so that all engineering students feel valued, and the sector becomes more diverse long-term.
The Inclusive Engineering Excellence Hub; funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering and Loughborough University aims to develop knowledge in critical gaps in inclusivity in engineering and the discipline of inclusive engineering.
The Developing Inclusivity in Engineering PhDs are part of a mini-Centre for Doctoral Training consisting of 3 PhDs working together across the Loughborough Engineering Schools, supported by the Inclusive Engineering Excellence Hub team of academic staff.
The overarching theme of the Developing Inclusivity in Engineering mini-Centre for Doctoral Training is to develop and investigate strategies to improve diversity and inclusion in Higher Education Engineering.
Initial research will seek to develop bench-marking data within engineering, specifically at the engineering discipline level, to understand the differences within and between sectors. The 3 PhD students working together will enable the research to compare and contrast multiple engineering sectors considering wide-ranging axes of disparity (e.g. gender, disability, race etc) and intersectional diversity (e.g. interconnected relationships between aspects of diversity and disparity). The research aims to develop a framework for the widespread adoption of bench-marking, monitoring and impact assessment alongside the development of legacy demographical understanding.
Students will develop independent research by using this underpinning data and their own research to build their own case studies that investigate Equality, Diversity and Inclusion improvement strategies in Higher Education Engineering and effective methodology to measure the impact of these improvement strategies.
The Inclusive Engineering Excellence Hub is committed to undertaking initiatives which support under-represented groups to pursue educational and research experiences in engineering. Students will be supported to research and develop improvement strategies aligned to the Inclusive Engineering Excellence Hub and Developing Inclusivity in Engineering mini-Centre for Doctoral Training overarching themes.
Example strategies include the development of educational activities and industry training techniques to bridge the gaps in translation to industrial roles and there is an opportunity to develop new educational tools incorporating virtual reality technology.
There are 3 funded PhD opportunities available and applications are invited from prospective students with relevant experience in the following areas:
Brief research proposals are welcome in which applicants could describe:
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to increase to take into account inflationary pressures.
There are 3 PhD studentships available working across the Loughborough Engineering Schools, each studentship is for 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time and provides a tax-free stipend of £18,000 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate. International students may apply however the total value of the studentship will cover the international tuition fee only.
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