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Guiding schools to improved performance under the National Improvement Framework and Improvement Plan 2020: A Data Envelopment Analysis approach

School of Business

About the Project

The vision and priorities for Scottish education is set by the National Improvement Framework and Improvement Plan 2020, which aims to ensure that all young people in Scotland receive a first class education in their local school. The framework identifies seven dimensions which measure the quality of education at a school level, namely: school leadership, teacher professionalism, parental engagement, assessment of children’s progress, school improvement, performance information. According to the plan, the information on the above dimensions will be used to identify further improvements that can be made. This study aims to evaluate the performance of schools in each of the seven dimensions using a Data Envelopment Analysis model. It is a data driven way of locating what part(s) of a dimension needs to be improved. Specifically, the model can be used as a guide for the schools to improve their performance through role-model school identification and target setting, taking into account the multi-dimensional nature of the problem.

For informal enquiries about the project, contact Dr Stavros Kourtzidis ()
For general enquiries about the University of Dundee, contact

Applicants must have obtained, or expect to obtain, a first or 2.1 UK honours degree, or equivalent for degrees obtained outside the UK in a relevant discipline.

English language requirement: IELTS (Academic) score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 5.5 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s English language requirements are available online:


Step 1: Email Dr Stavros Kourtzidis () to (1) send a copy of your CV and (2) discuss your potential application and any practicalities (e.g. suitable start date).

Step 2: After discussion with Dr Kourtzidis, formal applications can be made via UCAS Postgraduate. When applying, please follow the instructions below:

Apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Economics: Select the start date and study mode (full-time/part-time) agreed with the lead supervisor.

In the ‘provider questions’ section of the application form:
- Write the project title and ‘’ in the ‘if your application is in response to an advertisement’ box;
- Write the lead supervisor’s name and give brief details of your previous contact with them in the ‘previous contact with the University of Dundee’ box.

In the ‘personal statement’ section of the application form, outline your suitability for the project selected.

Funding Notes

There is no funding attached to this project. The successful applicant will be expected to provide the funding for tuition fees and living expenses, via external sponsorship or self-funding.

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