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Supply Chain Analytics project, Business and Management and Computer Science – PhD (Funded)

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  Prof Roger Maull, Prof R Everson  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

This is a great opportunity to work on a highly practical data science research project working at the interface of management and computer science. The project will work closely with Vendigital who provide Supply Chain Management advice and consultancy to a range of customers principally in Aerospace and Automotive sectors. The successful candidate will have access to very large datasets (subject to signing an NDA). The precise topic of the PhD would be decided in discussions between the candidate, company and supervisors. For example, one potential area for the research is data wrangling and data preparation. This is of significant importance to Vendigital.

Candidates should be aware that they would be expected to work in a company setting using Vendigital’s data. There will be quarterly review meetings between the student, supervisors and Vendigital to ensure that the research is of practical value as well as theoretically sound.

Through the involvement of Prof Maull the successful candidate will be part of the INDEX research team and also a member of the DIGIT research project. DIGIT is a £13.5m research project looking at Digital Transformation (DT) in large companies. It is one of six national centres in Digital Economy and the only one focused on DT. Through the involvement of Prof Everson the successful candidate will also have access to the world class research and facilities of the Alan Turing Institute.

This award provides annual funding to cover Home tuition fees and a tax-free stipend.  For students who pay Home tuition fees the award will cover the tuition fees in full, plus at least £16,909 per year tax-free stipend. Students who pay international tuition fees are eligible to apply, but should note that the award will only provide payment for part of the international tuition fee and no stipend.  

International applicants need to be aware that you will have to cover the cost of your student visa, healthcare surcharge and other costs of moving to the UK to do a PhD. 

The conditions for eligibility of home fees status are complex and you will need to seek advice if you have moved to or from the UK (or Republic of Ireland) within the past 3 years or have applied for settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Entry requirements:

Applicants for this studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain a Masters degree (with Merit), or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of management or computer science. 

If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved at least 6.5  in IELTS and no less than 6.0 in any section by the start of the project. Alternative tests may be acceptable (see

How to apply

In the application process you will be asked to upload several documents. 

·        A covering letter explaining your reasons for wanting to undertake this research project and why you are a suitable candidate.

·        CV

•        Transcript(s) giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained (this should be an interim transcript if you are still studying)

•        Names of two referees familiar with your academic work. You are not required to obtain references yourself. We will request references directly from your referees if you are shortlisted.

•        If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need to submit evidence of your proficiency in English.

The closing date for applications is midnight on 1st February 2022.  Interviews will be held virtually in mid-February 2022.  

If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email [Email Address Removed]. Project-specific queries should be directed to the main supervisor.

Funding Notes

The University of Exeter’s Business School, in partnership with Vendigital, is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in January 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. For eligible students the studentship will cover home tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £16,909 for 3.5 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study. The student would be based in the INDEX offices in London.

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