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The nexus of manufacturing and employability (Advert Reference: SF18/MCE/SHYHA)

  • Full or part time
    Dr Islam Shyha
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

The employability plays a crucial role in society’s welfare today. Several factors affect employability rates including the industrial development level of the country, investment security, technology awareness and automation of the manufacturing systems. For instance, the developing countries seem to have a rise in the employability levels due to opening new markets and increased investments. In contrast, more developed countries seem to have a decline in the employability levels that possibly due to the traditional hypothetic that automation cuts down jobs. Could the advances in manufacturing contribute to achieve zero unemployment rate? This project aims to assess the nexus of manufacturing and employability then address the challenges facing countries that have low employability levels and how manufacturing can contribute to minimise this level. The research will also discuss the constraints and barriers to boost employability levels. The research encompasses a comparative study between UK and other countries depending on candidate’s choice or ability to obtain/collect data.

Please note eligibility requirement:

* Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
* Appropriate IELTS score, if required

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. SF18/MCE/SHYHA) will not be considered.

Start Date: 1 March 2019 or 1 June 2019 or 1 October 2019

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University hold an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

Funding Notes

This is an unfunded research project

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