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The Gertrude Paul Doctoral Studentship - Exploring the educational experiences and challenges faced by children of colour and their families within the education system in Chapeltown, Leeds

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One Full Time PhD Studentship (Annual Stipend - £17,500 per year, tax free).In addition, the School will pay the doctoral fees for the duration of the studentship

The Carnegie School of Education is looking to recruit a highly motivated UK qualified teacher (QTS) to work and conduct research within Ujima, ( one of our community partners. The Gertrude Paul Studentship will have an enhanced bursary of £17,500 tax-free as well as the doctoral fees paid for a period of four years. This is a unique opportunity for the right candidate to complete a PhD whilst working in partnership with Ujima to increase attainment and make a difference to children's futures.

As well as being one of the best providers of teacher education in the country, the Carnegie School of Education is renowned for research and practice that foregrounds social justice and inclusion, working in areas such as race, LGBTQ+ and special educational needs and disability. We also pride ourselves on our work with community groups who work with children in areas of disadvantage and so we have created the Gertrude Paul Doctoral Scholarship in partnership with Ujima.

Ujima is a unique and successful young people’s project based in the heart of Chapeltown, Leeds, whose purpose is to support local young people to realise their full potential both academically and personally so that they thrive now and in their future lives. Working mainly with young people from African and Caribbean backgrounds, Ujima provides tutoring and personal development for children from Reception to year 6. To support this work, we are seeking a dynamic, inclusive, forward-thinking teacher to manage and lead the project with the ability and skills to develop and expand our work and to conduct doctoral research.

The role will have two distinct but complementary elements. The first will be to manage and deliver extra tuition and mentoring to help Ujima students overcome the attainment gap faced by children of colour. The successful candidate will be working with local community volunteer tutors as well as trainee teachers from the Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett University.

The second half of the position will be to conduct doctoral research within Ujima, exploring the educational experiences of the children and their families. The successful candidate will be supervised by Prof Vini Lander, Director of the Centre for Race, Education and Decoloniality, and by the Dean of School, Prof Damien Page.

We are seeking candidates with Qualified Teacher Status (UK only) and an extensive understanding of the cultural context and the challenges faced by children of colour and their families within the education system. The successful candidate will be passionate about research and its potential to challenge under-attainment and dedicated to achieving real impact within schools and the community. We also want someone who is ambitious to build a career within universities and so the role will also include opportunities to teach on courses across the School of Education, supported by experienced academic mentors.

Start date: 21/09/2020
Salary: £17,500 tax-free
Hours: 38 per week
Responsible to: Director of Ujima and Dean of the Carnegie School of Education

The successful candidate must attend the Phd induction on the 1st and 2nd October 2020.

For further information
Q and A sessions:
Interested applicants should register their interest with [Email Address Removed] titling the email Gertrude Paul Scholarship

Interested applicants will then be invited to the online Q and A which will take place on 14th and 21st of April, 7-8pm.

Application process:

To apply, complete an application form and scan in your certificates and transcripts and send a CV and a supporting statement of no more than two pages detailing how you meet the criteria in the Person Specification to [Email Address Removed]

Key Requirements:

1. Possession of a first degree and UK Qualified Teacher Status
2. Experience of teaching within primary or secondary schools, especially those within areas of disadvantage, and the willingness to teach within Higher Education
3. A commitment to social justice and inclusive educational practice
4. An extensive understanding of the context of children and families from African and Caribbean backgrounds and race/racism within education
5. An understanding of the principles of research including planning, methods, data collection and the potential to meet the requirements of doctoral level research
6. Understanding of safeguarding issues relating to young people

You should also be able to demonstrate:
• Satisfaction of English Language and other admission requirements of Leeds Becketts University for doctoral students

The successful candidate should have Qualified Teacher Status in the UK (QTS) therefore it is envisaged that the successful candidate will be currently in the UK and have a UK degree. Alongside UK teaching experience.


We expect bursary students to be an integral part of the research culture of the university, contributing to seminars and conferences, perhaps to projects, and generally engaging in the exchange of ideas. Associated with this, all research students undertake a research training programme.

Deadline for applications: Midnight on 10th May 2020

Interviews of the selected candidates: Interviews are likely to take place 26th or 27th May 2020.

Contact Person: Professor Damien Page at [Email Address Removed] or [Email Address Removed]

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