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Funded Vice Chancellors Scholarships in Inclusive Engineering; People to Products (2 PhDs available)

Funded Vice Chancellors Scholarships in Inclusive Engineering; People to Products (2 PhDs available)

Application deadline: 31 July 2024

Engineering is potentially the most important career in the world, influencing the lives of billions of people worldwide due to the enormous range of tools, equipment and products designed or created by engineers. Tackling engineering skills shortages is the most important business imperative work on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) for the future of engineering identified by the Royal Academy of Engineering, with large gaps in graduates required by industry. With the Royal Academy of Engineering, Professional Engineering Institutions, Charities and Global Engineering Companies recognising these issues, many initiatives have begun to deliver greater recognition of challenges surrounding under-representation.

The Loughborough University Vice Chancellors Research Cluster in Inclusive Engineering led by Dr Elizabeth Ratcliffe aims to develop Future Leaders in Inclusive Engineering; where engineered products and services are accessible, inclusive and free from discrimination and bias for more ethical, sustainable, risk-free engineering.

Two funded PhDs are available, joining a team of six doctoral researchers working on Inclusive Engineering projects that aim to deliver change in how we develop inclusive engineering products and services across a wide range of engineering disciplines and Higher Education. Working collaboratively with the industrial partners and wider networks developed through our Inclusive Engineering Excellence Hub that is funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering and gaining widespread recognition for its important work in this space.

Research proposals are welcome in which applicants could describe:

  • how they would initially approach the research for one of the projects; or
  • how their relevant experience is applicable to one of the projects described above; or
  • their own proposal for research in Inclusive Engineering

Engineering has seen 100% of its research impact rated as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF, 2021)

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Entry Requirements

We welcome applications from graduates who hold or are expecting to achieve a first or upper-second degree (or equivalent) in relevant data analytics/computer science, social sciences/sociology, chemistry/biology or engineering disciplines.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

Fees and funding

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.

The studentship is for 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time and provides a tax-free stipend of £18,622 per annum (full-time) for the duration of the studentship plus university tuition fees.

How to apply

All applications should be made online and must include a research proposal. Under the programme name, select 'Chemical Engineering'. Please quote the advertised reference number AACME24/ER in your application.

To avoid delays in processing your application, please ensure that you submit the minimum supporting documents.

Please also read the following selection criteria as this will be used by academic schools to help them make a decision on your application.