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Retention of Disabled Students in Higher Education (PHDESS192006)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, December 13, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

n 2017/18, 10.1% of students at the University of West of Scotland were known to have a disability (HESA online). Building on existing work that focuses on the experiences of disabled students in Higher Education (such as Madriaga and Goodley 2010), this project will examine the issue of retention in relation to three research aims, as follows:

1) Consider how the learning and teaching experiences of disabled students shape retention at the University of West of Scotland and Higher Education in Scotland more broadly
2) Explore the ways in which specific learning and teaching activities - such as small and large group teaching, peer learning, work-related learning and assessment - influence the retention of disabled students
3) Recommend strategies for increasing the retention of disabled students in Higher Education

To address these research questions, a range of research methods will be used (such as the generation of data from semi-structured interviews and focus groups). As well as expectations that this project will result in appropriate scholarly outputs (including peer-reviewed journal articles and presentations at conferences), it is also expected that the research will contribute towards the development of learning and teaching policy and practice at UWS on this topic.

Start Date:The intended start date of this project is April 2020. In exceptional circumstances an October 2020 start will be considered.

1. An Honours degree (2.1 or above) or Master’s in a relevant discipline
2. An ability to undertake research and work independently
3. An ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups
4. Applicants should be able to demonstrate an interest in the PhD topic

How to Apply
Please submit a one-page cover letter outlining how you meet the criteria and a CV (maximum three pages) via email to UWS Academy () using the subject line ‘Application Retention of Disabled Students in Higher Education’.
Application deadline: 5pm (UTC) Friday 13th December

Funding Notes

The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is seeking to attract PhD candidates of outstanding ability and commitment to join its vibrant and growing programme of internationally excellent research. Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend (currently £15,009) per annum for three years and payment of tuition fees (current value £4390). Successful applicants will be expected to contribute up to 6 hours/week to UWS academic related activities.

Studentships are open to Home/EU candidates with a degree in a relevant discipline. Non- EU students can apply, but will not receive the stipend and will be required to pay fees.

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