Interdisciplinary Information and Responsible AI for Child Sexual Exploitation prevention

   Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences

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  Dr Samina Karim, Prof Ciprian Daniel Neagu, Dr Amna Qureshi, Dr Amr Abdullatif  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

The successful PhD applicant will contribute to the research, evaluation, and creation of relevant information resources to be used by Responsible AI models and experts for the prevention of child sexual exploitation. This will include information collected through interviews, questionnaires, and research of online information resources. The applicant will also be involved in the validation of the resultant framework for Responsible AI models.

The successful candidate will work alongside a team of researchers as part of a larger portfolio of work which on Child Sexual Abuse which is being led by Dr Samina Karim.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a Master’s degree from a HE Institution or acceptable equivalent qualification in social work, computer science or related discipline.

Completion of a DBS check is required on enrolment and will be processed through the University after registration.

Positive action statement

At the University of Bradford our vision is a world of inclusion and equality of opportunity, where people want to, and can, make a difference. We place equality and diversity, inclusion, and a commitment to social mobility at the centre of our mission and ethos. In working to make a difference we are committed to addressing systemic inequality and disadvantages experienced by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and students.

We recognise the importance and the benefits to research quality that come from diverse perspectives, and from belonging to a diverse research community.  Therefore, as part of our Brad-ATTAIN initiative to increase diversity and inclusion among our PGR community, the University of Bradford is offering fully funded PhD studentships for UK candidates who self-identify as being from a Black, Asian or Ethnic Minority background.


  • Open to candidates who self-identify as being from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background, and have UK ‘home’ student status.

Under sections 158-159 of the Equality Act 2010, positive action can be taken where members of protected groups are under-represented. At Bradford our data show that people from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic groups who are UK nationals are significantly under-represented at postgraduate researcher level. This this initiative offers targeted support for these students.

These are lawful measures designed to address systemic and structural issues which result in under-representation of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic students in PGR study.

How to apply:

Potential candidates should apply directly online through the online application portal, and must include a personal statement of 1000 words which describes:

  • your suitability to the proposed research
  • information on relevant experience, knowledge and skills in relation to the subject area.

Applicants will need to register a user account on our application system, and select 'Full-time PhD in Social Work' as the course.

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Funding Notes

This project has full funding, which will cover UK tuition fees, a tax-free stipend of £18,622 per year for living costs, and a Research Support Grant. Funding is only available to UK students and those with settled status in the UK; we are unable to consider applications to this project from international students.

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