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Improving Fairness in Higher Education

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, September 08, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Improving Fairness in Higher Education
University of Edinburgh Medical School

Project Description

In this project, a doctoral student will research fairness in higher education. While educational processes should be fair, with success determined solely by ability, candidates from some groups – for example those who are older, ethnically non-white, or originally from outside the UK – are less likely to succeed in UK higher education. This suggests the educational environment does not support these students appropriately. This is a particular problem for medical schools. A fair medical education system is important for social justice, and to ensure doctors are representative of the communities they serve.
Four universities are working together to understand and reduce these gaps. In this project a doctoral student will interview staff and students at the partner institutions and investigate policy documents to identify how such gaps can be better addressed. The results will be used to identify future strategies and procedures that should apply across Scotland and support higher education in general and medical education in particular. These recommendations will be incorporated into the curriculum of the schools.

Applications

Candidates must have, or expect to obtain, a first or 2.1 UK honours degree, or equivalent for degrees obtained outside the UK, in a relevant field (e.g. education, psychology, or a clinical discipline). Prior experience of medical education or clinical work is not essential.
When applying please note that you are applying for the “Improving Fairness in Higher Education,” studentship.
Please ignore the academic entry requirement listed in the link: only the requirements described in the advert, and under the English language requirements, are relevant.

For English language requirements, and to apply, follow this link: https://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/degrees/index.php?r=site/view&edition=2019&id=861

Short-listed candidates will be notified by email.
Interviews are expected to take place 3-4 weeks after the closing date for the application (8th September).
It is anticipated the PhD studentship will start around November 2019, but this is flexible.

Enquiries

Enquiries should be sent to the principal supervisor Dr David Hope (). We are happy to discuss details of the project or application process in advance but applications can only be accepted by applying through the link above.

Supervisors

Dr David Hope, Senior Lecturer in Medical Education, University of Edinburgh
Dr Alan Jaap, Deputy Director of Teaching and Assessment Lead, University of Edinburgh
Dr Eleanor J Hothersall, Head of Undergraduate Medicine, University of Dundee
Professor John Paul Leach, Head of Undergraduate Medicine, University of Glasgow
Dr Isobel Cameron, Senior Lecturer and Assessment Lead, University of Aberdeen
Dr David Kluth, Director of Undergraduate Medical Teaching, University of Edinburgh

Funding Notes

This is a fully funded full time PhD studentship funded by the Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium (SMERC - https://www.scotlanddeanery.nhs.scot/your-development/scottish-medical-education-research-consortium-smerc/) and based at the University of Edinburgh.
It is a full-time three-year PhD studentship. Tuition fees are covered by the studentship at Home/EU rates (currently £4,473 for the first year). A stipend is paid for three years (currently £15,146 for the first year).

Funding Notes

Funding Notes

This is a full-time three-year PhD studentship. Tuition fees are covered by the studentship at Home/EU rates (currently £4,473 for the first year). A stipend is paid for three years (currently £15,146 for the first year).

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