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PhD Studentship (ESRC South Coast DTP) - Exploring the learning trajectories of students in higher education: the role of individual and contextual variables in impacting student learning outcomes

Southampton Education School

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £14553
Annual stipend of £14553 (2017/18 RCUK rate) plus payment of programme fees
Closing Date:   Wednesday 31 January 2018
Reference:  SCDTP946517CJ

Exploring the learning trajectories of students in higher education: the role of individual and contextual variables in impacting student learning outcomes

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2018/19 Academic Year.

Supervisory Team: 

Professor Carol Evans (Southampton Education, School Lead Supervisor) (C.A.Evans@soton.ac.uk), Doctor Chris Downey (Southampton Education School), Dr James Hall (Southampton Education School)

The aim of this project is to explore the learning trajectories of different groups of students within higher education over time to enhance our understanding of the impact of individual and contextual variables on student learning outcomes.  Project findings should help reduce variation in outcomes as part of an inclusive approach to ensuring greater equity of opportunity for students within HE.  Advanced quantitative methods such as latent growth analysis will be used to explore student learning trajectories with a specific emphasis on BME and low socio-economic class students. Inter- and intra-individual patterns of change over time will be analysed.

Skills Required

Ability to handle large data sets; strong quant analysis skills, experience of multilevel &/or structural equation modelling (preferred).

Funding

South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £14553 (2017/18 RCUK rate), plus payment of all programme fees.  Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found on the SCDTP website (www.southcoastdtp.ac.uk).

Funding is provided for 3 years full-time PhD study (pro-rata for part-time students).  Applications for 1+3 funding for students completing a Master's year prior to the commencement of PhD study are also welcome (details available at www.southcoastdtp.ac.uk).

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications is 11.59pm 31st January 2018.  The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at: http://southcoastdtp.ac.uk/how-to-apply/

For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above.  For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us at scdtp@soton.ac.uk

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