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Justice in the Digital Age: Accessing Justice in the Immigration Tribunal (VP2216)

   Business & Creative Industries

About the Project

This Vice Chancellor’s PhD Studentship offers an exciting opportunity to work with a team of researchers at the University of the West of Scotland on a project which seeks to enhance access to justice in the UK Immigration and Asylum System. The successful candidate will be based in the School of Business and Creative Industries at the University of the West of Scotland and supervised by Ms Susannah Paul, Dr Samuel White and Dr Carolynn Gray.

 The objectives of the project are to:

-         Develop an understanding of the nature and impact of the digitalisation reforms in the Immigration Tribunal.

-         Critically assess the impact of the digitalisation process on access to justice.

-         Provide resources that will help users navigate the tribunal system in the digital age.

The impact of this research project will extend beyond advancement of academic theory and creates tangible societal impact. This project will be suited to an enthusiastic researcher who seeks to work in a collegial environment as part of a team that seek to produce research which directly benefits the community. The project will employ empirical and socio-legal research methods. Candidates will be expected to have at least a 2:1 Bachelor Degree in a related discipline. E.g. law, sociology, anthropology. Postgraduate qualifications would be an advantage. Good knowledge of empirical research methods would be beneficial. The English language requirements of UWS apply.

Applicants should submit two references, at least one of which must be from an academic familiar with the applicant’s academic work and abilities. 

Funding Notes

This PhD is funded by way of a UWS Vice-Chancellor’s PhD Scholarship. The funded studentships are open to UK citizens and EU applicants with pre-settled or settled status. Funding for applicants meeting these criteria will cover UK fees and they will also receive an annual stipend (currently £15,609)


To apply, please send the following documents to Susannah.Paul@uws.ac.uk:
1. An up-to-date CV
2. A letter of motivation
3. Two references - at least one of which must be from an academic familiar with the applicant’s academic work and abilities
4. A sample of written work, not exceeding 2,500 words. This can be, for example, an excerpt of published work, an excerpt from a student thesis or similar source. It does not need to be related to the topic of the PhD.
Successful applicants will be asked to submit the application through the UWS online system.

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