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PhD studentships in the Department of Mathematics Education / Centre for Early Mathematics Learning, Loughborough University

PhD studentships in the Department of Mathematics Education / Centre for Early Mathematics Learning, Loughborough University

Qualification type: PhD
Location: Loughborough
Hours: Full Time or Part-time
Available: From October 2023
Closes: 12th March 2023
Reference: CEML/2023


The Department of Mathematics Education and the Centre for Early Mathematics Learning (CEML) at Loughborough University, invite applications for three funded PhD studentships.

The Department of Mathematics Education is one of the largest groups of mathematics education researchers in the UK - with an international reputation for research into and practice of the learning and teaching of mathematics and statistics.

The Centre for Early Mathematics Learning (CEML) is part of the Department of Mathematics Education and was launched in 2022 with a £8m grant from the ESRC. CEML aims to transform research in early mathematics education by revealing new understanding of children’s early mathematical learning, designing, and evaluating educational resources based on the science of mathematical learning, and working with teachers, early years practitioners and families to translate these findings to practice.

Loughborough University has an applied research culture. In REF 2021, 94% of the work submitted was judged to be top-rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. We are a community based on mutual support and collaboration. Through our Doctoral College there are continual opportunities for building important research skills and networks among your peers and research academics. You will be supported through monthly research meetings and trained on technical, industry relevant skills. There will be opportunities to present at national and international scientific events.

Project Areas:

Three studentships are available to students who wish to pursue PhD study in an area of research aligned with the aims of CEML.

CEML studies mathematical learning in early years and key stage 1 working on aspects such as how to measure early mathematical skills, early predictors of mathematical skills, influences of parental engagement, developing resources for training early mathematical skills, and how to communicate research results to educational practitioners. Further details of CEML academics’ and their research interests can be found here: Our people – CEML. Details of research areas where we would particularly welcome applications can be found here: Research – CEML.

Applicants are encouraged to contact potential supervisors before making an application.

Funding and eligibility:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in education, psychology, mathematics or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree will be an advantage. Applicants must also meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

The studentship is open to both international and UK applicants, is for up to 4 years (1+3) full time equivalent and provides a tax-free stipend of £17,668 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees. Further details in relation to award lengths and eligibility criteria is avaiable in the CEML PhD studentship application guidance notes.

Contact details:

For queries please contact Priti Meredith at p.meredith@lboro.ac.uk.

How to apply:

All applications should be made online. The deadline for applications is 12th March 2023. Under programme name, select ‘Department for Mathematics Education’, quoting reference number: CEML/2023. Please ensure that you read the CEML PhD studentship application guidance notes, prior to submitting your application.

Please include a research proposal (1000 words max.) that identifies the area of research you are interested in studying, the key questions you will address and an indication of the research methods you will use. For further details and enquiries about the application process, please contact the School of Science Postgraduate Research Administration Team at Sci-pgr@lboro.ac.uk.

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