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Building a pedagogical identity for a digital age: An investigation of cognitive concepts in teaching and education (RDF17/HUM/DUFFY)

   Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences

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  Dr S Duffy  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

This PhD level project will involve an empirical investigation into the use of cognitive concepts in teaching and education. The precise focus of study is dependent upon candidates’ specific interests and expertise and is open to negotiation. The study will have a digital focus and may involve the creation of a multimodal corpus or the development of educational software programmes. It may incorporate quantitative and/or qualitative methods.

The successful candidate will undertake PhD level study, working in tandem with similar research currently being undertaken by Dr Sarah Duffy and Professor Ewa Dabrowska, as well as associated PhD students in the Institute of Humanities at Northumbria University.
It is expected that candidates will have a background in linguistics or psychology. Applications from candidates with particular experience in the areas of cognitive linguistics or corpus linguistics are especially welcomed.

Eligibility and How to Apply
Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required (evidence required by 1 August 2017).

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see

Please ensure you quote the advert reference above on your application form.
Deadline for applications: 20 January 2017
Start Date: 2 October 2017

Northumbria University is an equal opportunities provider and in welcoming applications for studentships from all sectors of the community we strongly encourage applications from women and under-represented groups.

Funding Notes

This project is being considered for funding in competition with other projects, through one of two types of funding packages available:
• Fully funded studentships include a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates for 2017/18 (this is yet to be set, in 2016/17 this is £14,296 pa) and fees (Home/EU £4,350 / International £13,000 / International Lab-based £16,000), and are available to applicants worldwide.
• As Northumbria celebrates its 25th anniversary as a University and in line with our international outlook, some projects may also be offered to students from outside of the EU supported by a half-fee reduction.


Duffy, S. E. and M. I. Feist. Time, Metaphor, and Language: A Cognitive Science perspective. Under contract, Cambridge University Press.

Duffy, S. E. 2014. The role of cultural artifacts in the interpretation of metaphorical expressions about time. Metaphor and Symbol 29(2), 94-112.
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