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Promoting Internationalisation in Higher Education – an investigation into the impact of international exchange opportunities in Scottish Colleges of Further Education

School of Computing, Engineering & the Built Environment

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Prof R Gilmour , Dr L Carey , Mr Brian McEwan Applications accepted all year round Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Increasing Organisational Capacity to deliver relevant and impactful International Exchange opportunities for Scotland’s Colleges of Further Education (FE) students, Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) and Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) will lead a project to investigate what impact (economic and societal) International Exchange Programme provision in Colleges of Further Education is having within Scotland. This will include the understanding and review of the positive or negative economic impacts that International Exchange opportunities, such as Erasmus+ and associated programmes have within the short to mid-term.

Specifically, the project will seek to measure direct impact on participants, sustainability of the projects and management efficiency of International Exchanges within FE Colleges. Societal impact on a local and regional community, and the opportunity / cost analysis of selected case study programmes and activities will also be evaluated – if Scotland’s FE College students were not able to participate in such initiatives, where might our economy be?

The objectives of the project are:

• to review the current status of international mobility opportunities for FE colleges in Scotland
• to investigate the impact these opportunities are having on students, staff, institutions and wider community
• to identify a range of targeted resources for international mobility in the FE context
• to clarify key intervention areas to increase the uptake and enhance the benefits of these opportunities
• to recommend a range of activities/best practices to support international mobility for FE

The researcher will be initially tasked with understanding short to medium term impact of current International projects within the FE College sector. An analysis of the data and knowledge obtained will allow stakeholders to understand the Opportunity Cost of International projects. It will also allow stakeholders to improve the current offering through identifying practices, training needs, and future innovations specifically within the Entrepreneurial and Enterprise related International Exchange programmes.

The impact of the project will be equally important to the Further and Higher Education sectors within Scotland. The objective of this research is to build the Internationalisation capacity of our FE Colleges, who will ultimately be able to access funding streams that allow Scotland Plc to grow, develop and compete on a global market place.

Supervisory Team Name:

Director of Studies: Professor Robert Gilmour
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Second Supervisor : Dr. Lindsey Drylie Carey
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How to apply

The project is available as a 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time PhD study programme with an expected start date of the 1st October 2020.

Candidates are encouraged to contact the research supervisor for the project before applying.

To apply for this project, use the following link to access the online application form, as well as further information on how to apply:

Please send any other enquiries regarding your application to [Email Address Removed]

Funding Notes

Funding notes

Applicants are expected to find external funding sources to cover the tuition fees and living expenses.Alumni and International students new to GCU who are self-funding are eligible for fee discounts. See more of fees and funding.

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