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  •  Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,

     

    Department of Psychology, Social Work and Public Health

     

    3 Year Full Time PhD Studentship

     

    Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants only (must be permanently resident in UK/EU)

     

    Closing date: 5 May 2017 (mid-night UK time)
    Start Date: 18 September 2017

     

    Interview date: 6 June 2017

     

    Value p.a.: Bursary £14,553 for Academic Year 2017/18 and fees

     

    Supervisors: Professor Anna Barnett andDr Nichola Stuart

     

    Title: Developmental Assessment and the IDS-2 Intelligence and Development Scales

     

    Oxford Brookes University is working in partnership with the publisher Hogrefe Ltd to provide a UK standardisation of the Intelligence & Development Scale, IDS-2. This includes an assessment of intelligence, executive functions, psycho-motor competence, social-emotional competence and basic skills in language, literacy and numeracy for those aged 5 to 20 years.

     

    This studentship provides an exciting opportunity to collect normative data for the UK standardisation of the IDS-2 and to develop a more specific project around this. The focus of the project will depend on the interests, skills and experience of the successful applicant. For example it could focus on one domain within the IDS-2 or use the test to explore the profile of those with a specific developmental disorder. Alternatively the project could compare the IDS-2 with other assessments, such as more dynamic approaches. The successful applicant will administer the IDS-2 across various age groups, undertake reliability and validity studies and design, run and analyse their own assessment data. In addition, there is a requirement to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching per week during semesters without further remuneration and to participate in a teaching course. 
    For further information contact Professor Anna Barnett: abarnett@brookes.ac.uk

    Requirements: Applicants should have (or be expecting) a first class or upper second class  honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification in psychology or related cognate discipline (some experience with the processing of quantitative data and statistics is essential). A relevant post-graduate qualification would be an advantage. EU Applicants must also have an IELTS Academic test certificate minimum score level 6 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking with overall minimum score 7.0 issued since 23rd April 2015 by an approved test centre. Exceptionally we are prepared to consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

     

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/491093/2016-01-11_-Approved_Secure_English_Language_Tests_and_Test_Centres_-_Website.pdf

    How to apply:

     

    Applications must be sent to hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk and must include:

     

    • Please down application form  from following website:

     

    http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc.      

     

    2) A project proposal (max 2000 words) describing the background, aims and suggestions for 2 studies to address the aims. Applicants can liaise with the supervisor when developing their proposal.

     

    3) A CV.

     

    4) Two academic references.

     

    5) Scanned copies of degree certificates and transcripts.

     

    The successful applicant will be subject to a DBS search once they enrol. For checking procedures they will need to exhibit a current passport plus other documentation to enable a search to be undertaken. Costs involved in DBS check will be covered by the University.

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,

     

    Department of Psychology, Social Work and Public Health.

    3 Year Full Time studentship

     

    Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants who must be permanently resident in UK/EU

     

    Closing date: 5 May 2017 (midnight UK time)

     

    Interview date: 6 June 2017
    Start Date 18 September 2017

     

    Value p.a.: Bursary of £14553 for Academic Year 2017/18 and fees.

     

    Supervisors: Dr Kate Wilmut and Professor Anna Barnett

     

    Project: Perceptual-motor control and coordination in Developmental Coordination Disorder

     

    Successful navigation of the environment is vital in everyday life but requires complex underlying skills . Whether we can squeeze through a gap or step over a puddle depends on us taking into account how big we are and what we are capable of. In recent work we have focused on judgements and movement adaptations regarding fitting through a gap (Wilmut and Barnett, 2010; 2011) and how our judgement of what we might do, based purely on perception  can be different from what we actually do in a movement context when faced with a narrow gap (Wilmut, Du and Barnett, 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SABXFrAJtF8).

    Part of our work in this area focuses on individuals with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). DCD is characterised by poor coordination which cannot be accounted for by a physical, neurological or intellectual impairment. Although studies have focused on the identification of deficits in DCD, there remains poor understanding of perceptual-motor control and coordination difficulties in this population. We have been exploring the idea that these individuals have a mismatch between how they perceive the environment and/or their body size and the movements they make.

    A PhD in this area could directly follow on from our work, making a comparison between static and dynamic visual information for judgements and/or considering mediating factors such as movement confidence. Such a project could be carried out in children and/or adults with DCD. The successful applicant will be expected to design, run and analyse experimental data exploring perceptual-motor control using motion capture equipment to track and measure movement. You will be required to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching/week during semesters and to participate in a teaching skills course without further remuneration.
    Contact Dr Kate Wilmut: k.wilmut@brookes.ac.uk

    Requirements: Applicants should have (or be expecting) a first class or upper second class honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or acceptable equivalent qualification in psychology or related cognate discipline (knowledge of research design and statistics is essential). EU Applicants must have an IELTS Academic test certificate with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued since 23rd April 2015 by an approved test centre. We will consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

     

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/491093/2016-01-11_-Approved_Secure_English_Language_Tests_and_Test_Centres_-_Website.pdf

     

    Application procedure:

     

    Applications only to hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk

     

    Download application form
    (http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc)

    Plus a project proposal (max 2000 words) including background, aims and an outline of how those aims will be addressed,  applicants can liaise with Kate Wilmut when developing their proposal.

     

    DBS check is required on enrolment. Cost of this will be covered by the University.