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Accessible by Design: Integrating accessibility into the design process of Extended Reality (XR) applications and services

Applications are invited for our EPSRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) PhD studentships that will support six (6) research projects starting 1 October 2022. One of these projects is Accessible by Design: Integrating accessibility into the design process of Extended Reality (XR) applications and services” led by Dr Fotios Spyridonis in the Department of Computer Science

Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £18,062 including outer London allowance plus payment of their full-time tuition fees for a period of 42 months (3.5 years).

You should be eligible for home (UK) tuition fees but there is a limited number of studentships (no more than two) available to overseas applicants, including EU nationals, who meet the entry criteria.

The Project

Extended Reality (XR) is expected to generate up to 2.4 million new jobs and up to €65 billion in Europe by 2025. However, unlike other types of media, XR lacks established guidelines for making content accessible to all users, incl. those with some type of disability. This research will investigate novel approaches to making XR applications accessible by design through the application of Machine Learning techniques and by including users in the process.

Please contact Dr Fotios Spyridonis at fotios.spyridonis@brunel.ac.uk to find out more.


You will have or will receive an undergraduate degree classified at 1st class or 2:1 (honours) in computer science. A postgraduate masters degree may be an advantage. Where appropriate, applicants must have English language proficiency to an overall score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Skills and Experience

Experience in the use of multimedia technologies and relevant software packages will be beneficial. A track record of developing XR solutions will be an advantage. You should be a highly motivated individual and possess a strong sense of curiosity. The ability to study independently, think critically and collaborate with others is essential.

How to apply

Email the documents below as a single PDF file to cedps-studentships@brunel.ac.uk by 16:00 on Friday 3 June 2022. Please state the name of the project supervisor in your email.

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your 300-word personal statement setting out why you are suitable for this position;
  • Your Undergraduate/Postgraduate Masters degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Your English Language qualification of IELTS 6.5 overall or equivalent, if applicable;
  • Two references, one of which can be provided by a member of Brunel University academic staff.

Interviews will take place in June 2022.

Meet the Supervisor(s)

Fotios Spyridonis - Fotis is a Lecturer in Computer Science focusing on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Digital Media.