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  Evaluating User Experience with Children

   School of Psychology & Computer Science

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  Prof Janet C Read  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Applications are invited for a PhD (via MPhil) studentship with the ChiCI group ( in the UCLan Research Centre for Digital Life within the School of Psychology and Computer Science. The studentship is tenable for up to 3 years full time [subject to satisfactory progress]. Both Home/EU and international Applicants may apply. Tuition fees will be paid for by the School and the studentship will also provide an annual stipend of £15K. 

It is expected the successful applicant will commence 1 October 2022.

Project Description:

The Fun Toolkit (Read et al. 2005) is a suite of child friendly instruments that can be used to measure user experience with children. The tools are used before and after children engage with IT products and services and have been used in industrial and academic settings for over ten years. This toolkit, and other UX tools that the ChiCI team have developed can be seen at ( The current PhD project is intended to reflect on what is already known, in order to explore and develop new tools and instruments for measuring and understanding fun in myriad forms, with children across different ages and with a wide range of technologies. Applicants will require a design mindset, attention to detail in empirical work and a strong empathy with children, children’s locations, and children’s technology. The project will require high levels of organisation, effective engagement with schools and adherence to the ChiCI ideologies of inclusive informed participation of children in research activities. 

Further information

Informal project related enquiries about the post can be made to Janet C Read ([Email Address Removed])

For the application form and full details go to:

Completed application forms should be returned to the Research Admissions email [Email Address Removed]  quoting the studentship reference number RS/22/22

Closing Date: June 30th 2022

Proposed Interview Date: July 15th 2022


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