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Experiences of ostracism and marginalisation among Muslim university graduates

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  • Full or part time
    Dr R Luyt
    Dr O Robinson
  • Application Deadline
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  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Experiences of ostracism and related concepts such as marginalisation among British Muslims have received surprisingly scant attention from a psychological perspective (Knapton, 2014). Where explanations do exist they mainly fail to locate the phenomenon in its broader cultural and social context. A fully formed psychological account of ostracism and related concepts should not only examine the interaction between individual and social levels of analysis but also recognise the gendered nature of the phenomenon.

The transition out of higher education into work has been found to be a sensitive transitional period for mental health and a sense of social inclusion or exclusion. A recent study found that 49% of graduates experienced a decline in their mental health after leaving university (CMHA, 2018). It is a time during which many young adults search for meaning and purpose, consolidate an identity beyond that of being a student, and explore new ideas and ideologies to make sense of their relationship to society as a whole (Robinson & Smith, 2010). Up to a third of graduates experience a personal crisis triggered by repeated failed attempts to find work. This is associated with feeling locked out of opportunities perceived to be open for others, such as paid work or fulfilling long-term relationships (Robinson, 2019).

An additional issue that pertains to Muslim graduates is that there is evidence of frequently feeling ostracised and excluded from wider British society (Ali, 2014). This research project will explore whether the transition out of higher education for Muslim, with a particular focus on young men, is associated with experiences of ostracism and marginalisation, and if so, how that process is experienced.

Making an application:
Please read this information before making an application. Information on the application process is available at: https://www.gre.ac.uk/research/study/apply/application-process
Applications need to be made online via this link. No other form of application will be considered.

All applications must include the following information. Applications not containing these documents will not be considered.
• Scholarship Reference Number (Ref) VCS-EH-02-19 – included in the personal statement section together with your personal statement as to why you are applying
• a CV including 2 referees *
• academic qualification certificates/transcripts and IELTs/English Language certificate if you are an international applicant or if English is not your first language or you are from a country where English is not the majority spoken language as defined by the UK Border Agency *
• a sample of recent academic writing (e.g., essay or thesis)*

*upload to the qualification section of the application form. Attachments must be a PDF format.

Before submitting your application you are encouraged to liaise with the Lead Supervisor on the details above.

Funding Notes

Bursary available (subject to satisfactory performance):
Year 1: £15,009 Year 2: In line with RCUK rate Year 3: In line with RCUK rate
In addition, the successful candidate will receive a contribution to tuition fees equivalent to the university’s Home/EU rate, currently £4,260, for the duration of their scholarship. International applicants will need to pay the remainder tuition fee, currently £9,240, for the duration of their scholarship. This fee is subject to an annual increase



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