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Liverpool and Maritime Training and Education in the UK from the 1960s to the 1990s

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Fully-funded ‘Anniversary’ PhD scholarship (2 of 6)

The Anniversary Scholarship offers an opportunity to undertake PhD research in the history of Liverpool John Moores University as it approaches its bicentenary in 2023. Successful applicants will also work with academic staff in a range of activities to support student learning and public engagement for up to 180 hours in each academic year.

Liverpool John Moores University is offering up to three full-time PhD Studentships to start in June 2019 or September 2019. This is one of six competition funded projects to choose from.

If you require further information, please email Prof Julie Sheldon with the subject heading Anniversary PhD Scholarship.

Proposed field of study: Liverpool and Maritime Training and Education in the UK from the1960s to the 1990s

Project detail

This research on maritime career preparation will focus on the training courses provided for deck and engineering officers in Merseyside institutions which eventually joined the University. Liverpool provides an ideal case study: it remained the UK’s second port into the 1970s with a long tradition of maritime education stretching back to the early nineteenth century. The period from the late 1960s, with its complexities of maritime vocational training and education, is under-researched for the UK generally.

The interaction between national initiatives and Liverpool providers such as the College of Technology, Riversdale Tech and the Polytechnic will be a principal area of enquiry. Liverpool institutions took a dynamic role; for example, through offering nautical degrees from the late 1960s and the introduction of an “A” level entry scheme. Given the near-contemporary period studied, a particular feature of the research methodology will be a structured interview/questionnaire approach to document the educational experiences of former seafarers. As well as an era of organisational change within what became LJMU, the period coincides with far-reaching structural change in British shipping, notably the shift towards containerisation. The project makes a wider contribution therefore to debates about the nature of the British merchant marine in the late 20th century.

How to Apply

To apply you should send the following to Prof Julie Sheldon by the deadline of 11 January 2019 at 5pm: 1. A 1,000 word statement outlining your proposed PhD research, and any relevant experience in the field. 2. Your CV (maximum two pages) indicating the names of two academic referees.


Could you apply?

Value: Up to £20,353 per year
If you are awarded a fully-funded PhD scholarship, you could receive:
• annual fees: £4,300
• a contribution towards running costs: £1,500 per year
• an annual stipend: £14,553

The scheme is available to Home/European Union students with a first degree at 2:1 or above in a relevant area. Applicants with Masters level qualifications are preferred. We will interview shortlisted applicants.

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