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KESS2 Scholarship - MRES: Establishing validity for children’s self-reported participant roles in bullying


School of Psychology

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About the Project

KESS 2 advert Research Masters

Project ID: BUK2191
Annual Stipend: £11,586
Application Deadline: 11th. December 2020

This scholarship is linked to the Centre’s work on disseminating and evaluating the Finnish KiVa school-based bullying prevention programme. Since initially introducing the programme into the UK we have trained over 150 primary schools to deliver the programme. This scholarship runs alongside a large multisite NIHR grant led from Bangor to evaluate the KiVa antibullying programme in primary schools across the UK.

The Centre has been working with the KiVa programme since 2011 and undertaken and published two pilot trials. It currently leads on a large RCT across four areas of the UK in partnership with Cardiff, Warwick, Exeter and Oxford Universities evaluating its implementation in a trial involving 120 primary schools. The company partner in this scholarship is the Children’s Early Intervention Trust registered charity that has the license to disseminate KiVa.

The successful candidate will evaluate a questionnaire on pupil self-report on their participant roles in the bullying process to establish the reliability and validity of the questionnaire working with pupils in schools in North Wales. The applicant will collect and analyse teacher and pupil questionnaire data on children’s role in the bullying process.

KiVa is a whole school programme with universal and targeted components. The universal components include an annual pupil survey, class lessons, online games and other components to make the programme visible within the school. The targeted component includes specific strategies to deal with confirmed bullying incidents.

For further information on this project contact Suzy Clarkson ([Email Address Removed]) or Judy Hutchings ([Email Address Removed])

To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter to [Email Address Removed] and cc to Penny Dowdney ([Email Address Removed]).


Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.


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