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Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship (Education)

Brunel University London is pleased to invite applications for studentships in Education, offered through the ESRC-funded Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership (GUDTP). The GUDTP is an exciting collaboration between Brunel, the University of Oxford and the Open University, which offers its students access to innovative social science research training across all three institutions. Brunel DTP students in Education will be members of the GUDTP Education Pathway led by the University of Oxford and Brunel, and delivered collaboratively by the two universities. You can find further information about the GUDTP here.

Studentships are available as either three year PhD (+3) or four-year studentships, depending on the level of research training already achieved, on a full-time or part-time basis. Successful applicants for a Full-time award will receive an annual maintenance stipend of approximately £16777 per year (2018-19 RCUK rate paid in monthly installments) for the period of their award (three or four years) plus Fees at the current RCUK rate for Full time or Part time courses. Successful applicants for a Part-time award will be paid pro rata for the period of their award (six or eight years). 

Brunel DTP students on the Education pathway will join the Department of Education. Education at Brunel is a leading department in the UK offering the full range of provision at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In common with the university as a whole, the department has a rich ethnic mix among its student population and attracts a significant proportion of students from outside the European Union. The Education Department’s excellence is illustrated by being rated as 10th best in the UK by the Complete University Guide, 2016, and by both Primary and Secondary PGCE programmes being rated as ‘Outstanding in All Areas’ by Ofsted in their most recent inspection. In the last Research Excellence Framework, 60% of the Education Department’s research was world-leading or internationally excellent, and 90% of its impact was graded as internationally excellent. 

Brunel DTP students on the Education pathway will be members of the Department’s vibrant research community where they will benefit from Brunel’s diverse specialist expertise from the following three research groups: 

Pedagogy, policy and curriculum – please contact Dr David Aldridge (david.aldridge@brunel.ac.uk)

This group is broadly interested in the role that the humanities can play in informing contemporary educational debates and policy questions.  The group combines significant experience in teacher development and leadership across a range of educational sectors with world leading research expertise, particularly in theoretical approaches to educational concerns.  We particularly encourage applications concerned with:

  • Theoretical and historical approaches to Higher Education
  • Theoretical and historical approaches to professional practice and policy in education, including teacher formation and development
  • Philosophy of education, including ethical questions in education, and curriculum theory
  • Research at the intersection of literary studies and education

Education, Identities and Society - please contact Dr Kate Hoskins (kate.hoskins@brunel.ac.uk)

The group has a strong and sustained research profile which sits at the intersection of Education, Sociology, Human Geography, Youth Studies, and Digital Presence. Our work covers all educational sectors and includes informal and alternative education settings. We would particularly welcome applications in the field of:

  • Access and widening participation
  • Embodiment and embodied learning
  • Family and parenting
  • Youth identities
  • Professional formations and professional identities
  • Power, resistance, and compliance
  • Education policy.

STEM Education – please contact Professor Mike Watts (mike.watts@brunel.ac.uk)

Our research and educational inquiry is largely practice-based and aims to inform debates on STEM education and professional learning and contribute to programmes of excellent teaching in both formal and informal educational settings. We would particularly welcome applications in the field of:

  • The learning of science, mathematics, and technology, including inquiry-based teaching and assessment
  • STEM subject knowledge for teaching in schools and universities
  • The role of feelings and emotions in STEM learning
  • The development and use of talk in STEM classrooms   
  • Learning technologies across the provision of STEM, and in other disciplines

Joint Oxford-Brunel supervision will be available where beneficial, drawing on existing external co-supervision practices. More information on the Education research areas available at Brunel is available at http://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/Research-degrees/Grand-Union-DTP.

How to apply

The following documentation below should be sent by email to:

Emma.sigsworth@brunel.ac.uk BUL DTP Manager with the subject header: Grand Union DTP studentship – Education pathway. 

  • Completed application form;
  • An up-to-date CV;
  • Details of your residential eligibility.  Please see annex 1 of the ESRC postgraduate funding guide
  • Research Proposal – 2000 words
  • Two academic references or names and contact details of two academic referees. One professional reference (if applicable).
  • A copy of your Undergraduate transcript and certificate and Masters transcript and certificate (if applicable).   If you have not yet completed your course, please provide an up-to-date transcript.
  • A copy of your English language qualification, where applicable. Any non-native speaker who has not been awarded a degree by a University in the UK will be expected to demonstrate English language skills to IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.0 in any section). 

Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview at Brunel. Following the interview, applicants will receive an initial decision about whether they are being nominated for a Grand Union DTP scholarship. Nominees will be instructed to submit a formal online application via Brunel University Admissions.   A final decision from the DTP Panel on the award of a studentship will be advised by April 2019. All nominees who meet the required standard for doctoral study will also be advised of any alternative opportunities for doctoral study at Brunel.