Research funding opportunities

  • Full details of all funding opportunities will be advertised on this web page as and when they become available.

    If you are interested in undertaking a research degree at Oxford Brookes University, visit the Areas of research web page to find out more about the range of subject areas offered within our research communities, centres, groups, academic faculties and schools.

  • Oxford Brookes Business School

    PhD Studentship

    Bursary: £16,000 pa (with no inflation increase)

    Deadline: The closing date for applications is 28 May 2018 (12 Noon)

    Interview date: Interviews will be held in week beginning 11 June 2018

    Start date: September 2018

    Eligibility: Home/EU

    The Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice in Oxford Brookes Business School is offering a full-time studentship to an exceptional candidate seeking to study for a PhD starting in September 2018.
     

    This full-time studentship, which includes a commitment of seminar support to undergraduate or graduate students, will be for three years subject to satisfactory progress. The bursary will be £16,000 per annum, and fees will be paid by the School.

    Major efforts have been undertaken in the UK over recent years to tackle inequalities in women’s representation on boards and gender pay. In 2011, Lord Davies launched his independent review into women’s board representation, which established a target of 25% women on the boards of FTSE100 companies by 2015. The five-year summary shows that the target was met and recommended that this extended to 33% on the boards of FTSE350 companies by 2020. This recommendation was adopted by the Hampton-Alexander review, the successor of the Davies Review. In parallel to these developments, the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 required all private and voluntary-sector organisations with at least 250 employees to publish their gender pay gap by April 2018.
     

    These developments have provided a wealth of data on the issue of women’s board representation and the gender pay gap for large publicly quoted companies in the UK, yet little research to date has been undertaken by linking the two topics. Doing so can provide a wealth of new theoretical insights based on rich empirical material. A potential research question could examine to what extent – and under what conditions – women’s board representation is related to more gender equal organisations, e.g. in terms of gender pay overall or reduced segregation.

    Proposals are invited to examine these linkages further. Applicants are strongly encouraged to demonstrate a commitment towards a mixed-methods approach (combining quantitative and qualitative methods) and an understanding of critical gender and diversity perspectives in business and management.
     

    We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality, who is capable of submitting a PhD thesis within three years. Funding will cover the three-year period subject to the candidate making satisfactory progress annually. Applicants are expected to hold a good undergraduate degree and a Master’s degree at merit level or above in a relevant area. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities and be fluent in spoken and written English.

    The supervisory team will include Dr Anne Laure Humbert (a.humbert@brookes.ac.uk) and Professor Simonetta Manfredi (smanfredi@brookes.ac.uk).
     

    For more information about the Centre for Diversity Policy Research visit https://www.brookes.ac.uk/the-centre-for-diversity-policy-research-and-practice/ and the Business School: http://business.brookes.ac.uk/

    How to apply: To request further details of how to apply, please email: business-research-office@brookes.ac.uk.
     

    Please ensure you quote “Centre for Diversity Policy Research” in the email title when applying.


     

    Oxford Brookes Business School

    Global Challenges Research Studentship:

    Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesBursary: £16,000 pa (with no inflation increase)

    Deadline: The closing date for applications is 28 May 2018 (12 Noon)

    Interview date: Interviews will be held in week beginning 11 June 2018

    Start date: September 2018

    Eligibility: Home/EU  As part of the University Global Challenges Research agenda, the Business School is offering a Global Challenges Research studentship under the theme Sustainable Cities and Communities in partnership with Stellenbosch University in South Africa. We are seeking exceptional candidates to study for a full-time PhD, starting in September 2018, to address rising global concerns over security and insecurity through local and community-based security initiatives in South Africa.

    This full-time studentship, which includes a commitment of seminar support to undergraduate or graduate students, will be for 3 years subject to satisfactory progress. The bursary will be £16,000 per annum, and fees (Home/EU) will be paid by the School.

    We are particularly interested in attracting PhD candidates who wish to pursue research on local security initiatives in the UK and South Africa. Security landscapes are rapidly changing. This is caused by a substantial increase in security organizations and the unparalleled advancement of security technologies. Additionally, there are rising public concerns over security and insecurity and diverging ideas, norms and values regarding security provisions. Where national authorities fail to effectively address the challenges to the organization of security, community-based, multi-stakeholder, security initiatives have surfaced. The project is broadly interested in such questions as:

    • How do various security stakeholders (both providers and receivers) experience security?
    • What are particular problems in such local multi-stakeholder and collaborative security initiatives and how are these addressed?
    • How do such initiatives offer new ways forward in addressing pressing security challenges as they play out in the day-to-day realities of communities?
    • How can a better understanding of such initiatives inform security research in all its complexity?

    Applicants are expected to hold a good undergraduate degree and a good Master’s degree at merit level or above in a relevant area of the social sciences (organization studies, sociology, criminology, security studies, anthropology, political science). Applicants should also be able to demonstrate strong (qualitative) research capabilities, preferably an experience of having conducted fieldwork, and be fluent in spoken and written English.
     

    We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality and who is capable of submitting a PhD thesis within three years. PhD students will take part in the School PhD programme, offering seminars and training on research methodology as well as a collegiate environment to present work in progress.

    The supervisory team will include Professor Juliette Koning (j.koning@brookes.ac.uk)

    For more information about research in the School of Business visit: https://www.brookes.ac.uk/business/research/
     

    How to apply: To request further details of how to apply, please email: business-research-office@brookes.ac.uk.

    Oxford Brookes University

    Business School

    Global Challenges Research Studentship:

    Reducing Poverty; Promoting Humanitarian Action

     

    Bursary: £16,000 pa (with no inflation increase)

    Deadline: The closing date for applications is 28 May 2018 (12 Noon)

    Interview date: Interviews will be held in week beginning 11 June 2018

    Start date: September 2018

    Eligibility: Home/EU 

    As part of the University Global Challenges Research agenda, the Business School is offering a Global Challenges Research studentship under the theme Reducing Poverty; Promoting Humanitarian Action in partnership with the University of Istanbul in Turkey.  We are seeking exceptional candidates to study for a full-time PhD, starting in September 2018, to address the challenge of the social and economic integration of refugees into host societies: the role of entrepreneurship; integration of Syrian refuges in Turkey.

    This full-time studentship, which includes a commitment of seminar support to undergraduate or graduate students, will be for three years subject to satisfactory progress. The bursary will be £16,000 per annum, and fees (Home/EU) will be paid by the School.
     

    The Refugee Crisis is a Global Problem with its political, economic and social implications. Previous research has acknowledged the importance of 'developing entrepreneurship capacity’ in helping refugees with their integration endeavours. However, there seems to be limited research investigating the role of entrepreneurship in the social and economic integration of the refugees. We welcome applications on the following topics that could offer new insights into the interface between refugee entrepreneurship, integration, and social well-being.

    1. The role of entrepreneurship in the social and economic integration of the refugees within the host societies in Turkey (or Jordan and Lebanon) and in the UK.
    2. How this integration (disintegration) impacts upon the social well-being of the refugees.

    The study will employ a mixed methods (interviews and surveys) approach to data collection from Syrian (or Iraqi and Afghan) refugees.

    We are open to consider PhD proposals on other topics relating to refugee integration, refugee employment, refugee entrepreneurship and informal economy.

    We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality and who is capable of submitting a PhD thesis within three years. Funding will cover the three year period subject to the candidate making satisfactory progress annually. Applicants are expected to hold a good undergraduate degree and a good Master’s degree at merit level or above in a relevant area. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities and be fluent in spoken and written English.

    The supervisory team will include Professor Levent Altinay (laltinay@brookes.ac.uk)
     

    For more information about the Centre for International Tourism and Events Management Research (CITEM) visit https://www.brookes.ac.uk/citem/

    How to apply: To request further details of how to apply, please email: business-research-office@brookes.ac.uk.
     

    Please ensure you quote “Refugee Integration” in the email title when applying.  

    Please ensure you quote Security Research in the email title when applying.

     


    Oxford Brookes Business School

     

    Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics

    Bursary: £16,000 pa (with no inflation increase)

    Deadline: The closing date for applications is 28 May 2018 (12 Noon)

    Interview date: Interviews will be held in week beginning 11 June 2018

    Start date: September 2018

    Eligibility: Home/EU 

    The Oxford Brookes Business School is offering a studentship to an exceptional candidate seeking to study for a full time PhD in Economics starting in September 2018.

    This full-time studentship, which includes a commitment of seminar support to undergraduate or graduate students, will be for three years subject to satisfactory progress. The bursary will be £16,000 per annum, and fees (Home/EU) will be paid by the School.

    PhD students will take part in the School PhD programme, offering seminars and training on research methodology as well as a collegiate environment to present work in progress.

    We are particularly interested in attracting PhD candidates who wish to pursue studies in one of the following areas:

     

    • Risk, uncertainty and decision-making
    • Public goods and voluntary contribution
    • The use of past experiences, preferences and perceptions to model future choices and life-paths
    • “Fake news” and its effect on trust and decision-making

    However, we are open to consider PhD proposals on other topics that employ behavioral and experimental economics’ techniques to investigate topical policy issues.

    Applicants are expected to hold a good undergraduate degree and a good Master’s degree at merit level or above in Economics or a closely related area (for example finance or mathematics). Applicants should also be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities and be fluent in spoken and written English.

    We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality and who is capable of submitting a PhD thesis within three years. Funding will cover the three year period subject to the candidate making satisfactory progress annually. PhD students will take part in the School PhD programme, offering seminars and training on research methodology as well as a collegiate environment to present work in progress.

    The supervisory team will include Dr Sara Le Roux (sle-roux@brookes.ac.uk)

    For more information about research in the School of Business visit: https://www.brookes.ac.uk/business/research/

    How to apply: To request further details of how to apply, please email: business-research-office@brookes.ac.uk.

    Please ensure you quote Accounting, Finance and Economics in the email title when applying.

    Oxford Brookes Business School

     

    Centre for International Tourism and Events Management Research

    Bursary: £16,000 pa (with no inflation increase)

    Deadline: The closing date for applications is 28 May 2018 (12 Noon)

    Interview date: Interviews will be held in week beginning 11 June 2018

    Start date: September 2018

    Eligibility: Home/EU

    The Centre for International Tourism and Events Management Research at Oxford Brookes University is offering a studentship to an exceptional candidate seeking to study for a full time PhD.  

    This full-time studentship, which includes a commitment of seminar support to undergraduate or graduate students, will be for three years subject to satisfactory progress. The bursary will be £16,000 per annum, and fees (Home/EU) will be paid by the School.

    The Oxford School of Hospitality Management, in conjunction with the Centre for International Tourism and Events Management Research, is seeking applications for a doctoral studentship within the broad areas of tourism and hospitality management.  We are particularly interested in attracting a PhD candidate who wishes to pursue research on human trafficking and/or modern slavery and the intersection of these topics with tourism and hospitality management. Modern slavery is one of the fastest growing criminal activities that affects most countries.  Human trafficking and modern slavery have risen high on political agendas and there is growing recognition of the role that the private sector can play in helping to combat this crime and to provide support for victims.  As hospitality and tourism businesses have been identified as conduits for both the labour and sexual exploitation of victims, they can make a valuable contribution to these efforts.  We are interested in attracting a PhD candidate who can build on the work of the Combat Trafficking in Human Beings in Hospitality and Tourism Project, an international collaboration funded by the European Commission. 

    Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work in a vibrant research environment alongside the Centre’s experienced researchers, and can expect to benefit from opportunities for high-calibre publication, conference presentation and scholarly debate with encouraging colleagues in the UK and internationally.

    For more information about the Oxford Brookes Business School, please visit: http://business.brookes.ac.uk/

    For more information about the Centre for International Tourism and Events Management Research, please visit http://brookes.ac.uk/citem/. For more information about the Combat project visit:  https://www.brookes.ac.uk/microsites/combat-human-trafficking/

    We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality, who is capable of submitting a PhD thesis within three years. Funding will cover the three-year period subject to the candidate making satisfactory progress annually. Applicants are expected to hold a good undergraduate degree and a Master’s degree at merit level or above in a relevant area. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities and be fluent in spoken and written English

    The supervisory team will include Dr Maureen Brookes (meabrookes@brookes.ac.uk).

    For more information about research in the School of Business visit: https://www.brookes.ac.uk/business/research/

    How to apply: To request further details of how to apply, please email: business-research-office@brookes.ac.uk.

      Please ensure you quote Tourism and Hospitality Management in the email title when applying.


     

     

    Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Department of Psychology Health and Professional Development

    Project title: The role of object affordances in selection and inhibition

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

    Closing date: 24.00 (midnight) 12 April 2018

    Duration: three years

    Start date: September 2018

    Value p.a.: Bursary of £14,777 plus fees

    Supervisors: Dr Sanjay Kumar & Dr Michael Pilling

    Project description:

    When a manipulable object is perceived, this automatically elicits the associated action within the brain resulting in activity in the relevant part of the motor cortex. This also seems to facilitate attentional selection of relevant objects and result in attentional inhibition of unrelated objects in the viewed environment. Our earlier works using EEG and ERP have shown that manipulating action information in the objects can facilitate perceptual decisions and modulate attentional selection (Kumar et al., 2012, Experimental Brain research, Kumar et al., 2013, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Humphreys et al., 2013, Philosophical Transaction of the Royal Society). Our recent pilot work using negative compatibility effect paradigm show that meaningful action integration between objects may overcome early inhibitory mechanisms.

    The research work will extend this line of research. The PhD candidate will investigate selection and inhibition mechanisms associated with object directed actions (affordances) using EEG/ERP, TMS and patients with motor disorders.  The project will be supervised by Dr Sanjay Kumar and Dr Michael Pilling at Oxford Brookes University. The successful candidate would be expected to present findings at scientific meetings and to publish work during the course of the PhD.  There is an additional requirement to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching/week during semesters and to participate in a teaching skills course without further remuneration.

    For further information contact Dr Sanjay Kumar (skumar@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 MSc or acceptable equivalent qualification in psychology or related cognate discipline (neuroscience, engineering, physics, mathematics or natural sciences). The candidate should be able to work with varied groups of patient populations, if required, and be interested in learning EEG/ERP methods.  EU Applicants must have a valid IELTS Academic test certificate with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued since 7th March 2016 by an approved test centre. We are prepared to consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

    How to apply:
    Applications should be sent to hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk and should include an application form
    (http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc) and a project proposal (max 2000 words) including background, aims and an outline of how those aims will be addressed, applicants can liaise with Dr Sanjay Kumar when developing their proposal.

    Please note only EU/UK nationals/permanent residents are eligible to apply for this studentship. If you are not sure if you are eligible please contact Research Administrator, hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk.

    Completion of a DBS check is required on enrolment the cost of this will be covered by the University.

    Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Department of Psychology, Social Work and Public Health

    Project title: Constraints to Phonological Statistical Learning in Adults and Infants

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

    Closing date: 24.00 (midnight) 12 April 2018

    Duration: three years

    Start date: September 2018

    Value p.a.: Bursary of £14,777 plus fees

    Supervisors: Dr Nayeli Gonzalez-Gomez & Dr Michael Pilling

    Project description:

    There is ample evidence that humans possess powerful statistical learning capacities. This general ability to automatically compute distributional regularities in the input has been found in infants from 2 months of age, adults and, to a certain degree, this capacity has been found even in non-human primates. This general capacity is assumed to be very useful in language acquisition, facilitating the discovery of linguistic regularities, including speech categories, sound patterns, words and rudimentary syntax. However, at present, the mechanisms and the level of generalization of these acquisitions remain largely unknown.

    Some of our work in this area explores constraints on infants’ statistical learning, and more precisely, the perceptual level at which phonotactic acquisition operates. The Labial-Coronal bias was used to explore three different hypotheses: a) the “single-feature” hypothesis; b) the “multiple-feature” hypothesis; and c) the “phoneme-based” hypothesis (Gonzalez-Gomez & Nazzi, 2014).     

     A PhD in this area could directly follow on from our work, to further explore which kinds of computations are performed over the input? Which features/characteristics are salient enough to be taken into account? How general or specific are these capacities? Whether adults and infants (e.g., 10-month-olds) perform computations in a similar way? Do similar kinds of constrains apply to other domains (e.g., visual domain)? The successful applicant will be expected to design, run and analyse experimental data exploring the mechanisms and the level of generalization of statistically-based phonological acquisitions. There is an additional requirement to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching/week during semesters and to participate in a teaching skills course without further remuneration.

    For further information contact Dr Nayeli Gonzalez-Gomez: n.gonzalez-gomez@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 a valid IELTS Academic test certificate with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued since 7th March 2016 by an approved test centre. We are prepared to consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

    How to apply:
    Applications should be sent to hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk and should include an application form
    (http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc) and a project proposal (max 2000 words) including background, aims and an outline of how those aims will be addressed, applicants can liaise with Dr Nayeli Gonzalez-Gomez when developing their proposal.

    Completion of a DBS check is required on enrolment the cost of this will be covered by the University. 

    Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development  

    Project title: Infant and child sleep and parental-mind mindedness


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

    Closing date: 24.00 (midnight) 12 April 2018

    Duration: three years

    Start date: September 2018

    Value p.a.: Bursary of £14,777 plus fees

    Supervisors: Dr Luci Wiggs & Morag MacLean

    Project description:

    Obtaining an adequate amount of good quality sleep is important for infant and child development yet sleeplessness is one the most common behaviour problems encountered by parents of young children. Behavioural management (i.e. teaching parents to use behavioural principles to help their child learn desirable sleep behaviours and unlearn undesirable sleep behaviours) is the first-line intervention approach offered by mainstream clinical services and has a strong evidence base for being effective (Meltzer, & Mindell, 2014) however it is not considered an acceptable approach to parenting by some families (Etherton, Blunden, & Hauck, 2016). Attention to elements of parents’ cognitive style (e.g.Tikotzky, & Sadeh, 2010) may be relevant for understanding and reducing parental resistance to the use of such behaviour-change techniques and also as a means of facilitating behaviour change. 

    Mind-mindedness has been defined as a parent’s proclivity “to treat the infant as an individual with a mind rather than merely as a creature with needs that must be satisfied” (Meins, Fernyhough, Fradley & Tuckey, 2001, p. 638). Mothers have been found to vary greatly in their levels of maternal mind-mindedness. There is a burgeoning literature on the beneficial impact of maternal mind-mindedness on children’s development and its links with secure attachment relationships (Arnott & Meins, 2007; Lundy 2003; Meins et al., 2012) but its role in relation to child sleep, and management of sleep child difficulties, has been relatively ignored.  

    A PhD in this area would aim to further understanding of the links between parental mind-mindedness and child sleep. This could include attention to how parental mind-mindedness is linked to parents’ use of bedtime settling behaviours with their child, their attitudes towards and use of various approaches to management of child sleep difficulties or exploration of the contribution of maternal and paternal mind-mindedness.  The successful applicant will be expected to design, run and analyse data from experimental studies.

    For further information contact Dr Luci Wiggs: lwiggs@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 a valid IELTS Academic test certificate (or equivalent) with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued since 7th March 2016 by an approved test centre.  

    How to apply:
    Applications should be sent to hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk and should include an application form
    (http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc) and a project proposal (max 2000 words) including background, aims and an outline of how those aims will be addressed.   

    Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development  

    Project title: Attachment, mentalising and transmission of anxiety from human to horse

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

    Closing date: 24.00 (midnight) 12 April 2018

    Duration: three years

    Start date: September 2018

    Value p.a.: Bursary of £14,777 plus fees

    Supervisors: Morag MacLean & Dr Luci Wiggs

    Project description:

    A common belief among experienced horsemen and women is that riders and handlers transmit their emotional state to the horse during interactions and that this influences the horse’s subsequent behaviour. Considering how horses are likely to react in a given situation is a natural part of riding and can include both thinking “something could happen but I’ll deal with it” and a more detailed analysis such as “the horse will be thinking/feeling ‘X’ and is likely to behave in this way”. This latter form of thinking involves attributing mental and emotional states to the animal.  The extent and sophistication of this kind of thinking has not been much investigated in specific contexts where such thinking might impact on animal behaviour or human safety.  Existing experimental research into the transmission of anxiety between human and horse and has used heart rate (HR) as a measure of stress in both human and horse and there is some empirical evidence to support the idea that anxiety is transmitted. However research in this area has been very limited in scope and has not  included other influences on inter-species transmission of anxiety such as equestrian skill, confidence, emotional attachment to the horse, background anxiety etc. 

    A PhD in this area would aim to further our understanding of the relationship between horse-related mentalising and interaction with the horse. The research could include studies of how mental representations of the horse influence interaction and observational and psychophysical studies of human and horse interaction. The successful applicant will be expected to design, run and analyse data from experimental studies. There is an additional requirement to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching/week during semesters and to participate in a teaching skills course without further remuneration.

    For further information contact Morag MacLean: mmaclean@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). Applicants should also have experience working with horses and be proficient riders. EU Applicants must have a valid IELTS Academic test certificate with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued since 7th March 2016 by an approved test centre. Alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability would be considered.

    How to apply:
    Applications should be sent to hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk and should include an application form
    (http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc) and a project proposal (max 2000 words) including background, aims and an outline of how those aims will be addressed.  

    Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development

    Project title: Self-images and autobiographical memory

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

    Closing date: 24.00 (midnight) 12 April 2018

    Duration: three years

    Start date: September 2018

    Value p.a.: Bursary of £14,777 plus fees

    Supervisors: Dr Clare Rathbone and Dr Luci Wiggs

    Project description:

    This research studentship will elucidate the relationship between self and memory across the lifespan, in different clinical groups and, potentially, in relation to sleep/wake patterns. The knowledge we possess about ourselves is multi-faceted, dynamic, and closely related to our emotional well-being (Rathbone et al., 2015). By using ‘self-images’ (such as being a sister, a football fan, or an insomniac) as autobiographical memory cues we can examine the relationship between self and memory (e.g. the IAM Task; Rathbone et al., 2008), and explore the role that particularly self-relevant autobiographical memories play in mood and well-being. This project could also investigate the impact of sleep disturbance on autobiographical memory and conceptions of self. 

    There is further scope for examining the development of self and memory in childhood and adolescence, in clinical disorders such as depression, and/or in cases of memory impairment, depending on applicants’ particular areas of interest. This research project will employ a range of quantitative memory measures and tasks, and may involve the development of novel methodological approaches. There is an additional requirement to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching/week during semesters and to participate in a teaching skills course without further remuneration. 

    For further information contact Dr Clare Rathbone: crathbone@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 a valid IELTS Academic test certificate with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued since 7th March 2016 by an approved test centre. We are prepared to consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

    How to apply:
    Applications should be sent to hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk and should include an application form
    (http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc) and a project proposal (max 2000 words) including background, aims and an outline of how those aims will be addressed.  

    Please note only EU/UK nationals/permanent residents are eligible to apply for this studentship. Please do not apply if you are not a UK/EU national/permanent resident. If you are not sure if you are eligible please contact Research Administrator, hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk.

    Completion of a DBS check is required on enrolment the cost of this will be covered by the University.

    Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Psychology

    Project title: The psychological consequences of subjectivist moral philosophies

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

    Closing date: 24.00 (midnight) 12 April 2018

    Duration: three years

    Start date: September 2018

    Value p.a.: Bursary of £14,777 plus fees

    Supervisors: Dr Ben Kenward and Dr Mark Burgess (Psychology); Dr Helen De Cruz and Dr Johan De Smedt (Philosophy)

    Project description:

    This project will use methods of experimental psychology to investigate the connections between different views on morality and the behaviours of individuals. The student will examine the consequences of exposure to and adherence to different ideas about the nature of morality using a variety of empirical methods such as quantitative surveys and experimental priming.

    The societal impact of views on morality comes not only from the values espoused by different moral systems, but also from divergent ideas about what morality actually is (meta-ethics). A key question in meta-ethics is the extent to which moral values are regarded as objective laws that apply no matter what humans think, rather than being generated by changeable subjective opinion. A scientific approach to morality holds that if biological or cultural evolution had proceeded differently, the range of human moral systems could have been very different. However, this idea may lead to a problematic subjectivist view where harmful acts cannot be condemned because there are no universal moral laws. Indeed, it has been demonstrated experimentally that exposure to moral subjectivist views can lead to antisocial behaviour. However, taking a subjectivist stance on morality might plausibly have beneficial effects on behaviour. A lack of strong moral convictions is associated with increased receptiveness to others’ opinions, useful in political climates characterised by polarised and closed opinions. Furthermore, studies that have demonstrated negative outcomes of moral subjectivism have arguably focussed on caricatured versions that problematically equate moral subjectivism with a suspension of moral judgement.

    This project will examine the effects on behaviour of more nuanced moral subjectivist views. The supervisory team is cross-disciplinary, including psychologists and philosophers, facilitating the ultimate goal of finding analytically coherent meta-ethical positions that can be empirically demonstrated to promote positive behaviour.

    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 a valid IELTS Academic test certificate with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued since 7th March 2016 by an approved test centre. We are prepared to consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

    How to apply:
    Applications should be sent to hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk and should include an application form
    (http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc) and a project proposal (max 2000 words) including background, aims and an outline of how those aims will be addressed.  

    Applicants are encouraged to liaise with Dr Ben Kenward (bkenward@brookes.ac.uk) before preparing an application.  


    Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development

    Project title: Dual process interventions to change health behaviours  

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

    Closing date: 24.00 (midnight) 12 April 2018

    Duration: three years

    Start date: September 2018

    Value p.a.: Bursary of £14,777 plus fees

    Supervisors: Dr Emma Davies & Professor David Foxcroft

    Project description:

    It is now well recognised that unhealthy behaviours such as excessive alcohol consumption, physical inactivity and unhealthy eating are influenced by non-conscious processes, for example habit, and environmental cues, such as the social context.  Because of this, researchers are now searching for new ways to improve people’s health based on dual process models of behaviours.  One theory, for example, is the Prototype Willingness Model (PWM), which assumes that unhealthy behaviours are driven by social reactions to risk-conducive situations. Two meta-analyses have shown that there is strong support for the PWM in explaining and predicting health behaviours, but at present, less is known about how to apply this model within an intervention.  This project will use the PWM, or another dual process model, as the basis for developing an intervention and furthermore, explore how we can measure change within such an intervention.

    A PhD in this area could focus on excessive alcohol consumption, physical inactivity or unhealthy eating. In our research we employ frameworks such as the Behaviour Change Wheel to systematically develop interventions using qualitative and quantitative methods. Our research also has a strong grounding in theory and so we would welcome applicants who are willing to grapple with both theoretical and applied issues.

    There is an additional requirement to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching/week during semesters and to participate in a teaching skills course without further remuneration.

    For further information contact Dr Emma Davies: edavies@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 a valid IELTS Academic test certificate with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued since 7th March 2016 by an approved test centre. We are prepared to consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

    How to apply:
    Applications should be sent to hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk and should include an application form
    (http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc) and a project proposal (max 2000 words) including background, aims and an outline of how those aims will be addressed.  

    Please note only EU/UK nationals/permanent residents are eligible to apply for this studentship. Please do not apply if you are not a UK/EU national/permanent resident. If you are not sure if you are eligible please contact Research Administrator, hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk.

    Completion of a DBS check is required on enrolment the cost of this will be covered by the University. 


    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Investigating the genetic and developmental changes underlying the evolution of organ size 

    This is a competitive 3 year Full Time PhD project

    Director of Studies and main supervisor:
    Prof Alistair McGregor

    Additional supervisors: 
    Dr Daniela Santos Nunes & Dr Maike Kittelmann

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

    Start Date: September 2018

    Value p.a.: Bursary of £14777 for Academic Year 2018/19 & fees

    Application deadline: 24.00 (midnight) Friday, 20 April, 2018

    Description of project:

    Background

    The genitalia of male Drosophila have diverged rapidly in size and shape between closely related species driven by sexual selection. However, the genes underlying these changes have not yet been identified, which is exacerbated by a limited understanding of genital development compared to other tissues.

    Aims

    This project will combine developmental genetics, bioimaging and evolutionary approaches to better understand the genetic regulation and cell behaviour underlying genital development in Drosophila as well as testing candidate genes underlying diversification of these structures between species. This will provide new insights into developmental processes and the evolutionary diversification of organisms.

    Training

    Training will be provided at the nexus of wet-lab and computational biology: in genomic engineering using CRISPR/Cas9, molecular biology, Drosophila genetics, bioinformatics and bioimaging using the state-of-the-art facilities available in our department.

    Key words

    Genetics, Development, Evolution, CRISPR, Gene expression Gene regulation, Cell biology.

    For further details on the research project please contact main supervisor: Prof Alistair McGregor, amcgregor@brookes.ac.uk.

    Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification.

    How to apply:

    To apply, please download the application form here. Please complete the form and email it to hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk.

    With application enclose a CV and scanned copy of your degree certificates and transcripts. Please also provide up to date details of two referees on the application form. Research Administrator would request references from these referees at a later stage. Additionally if appropriate, an IELTS Academic test certificate from an approved test centre: 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

    Exceptionally we are prepared to consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

    With application enclose a CV and scanned copy of your degree certificates and transcripts plus two signed academic references. Additionally if appropriate an IELTS Academic test certificate from an approved test centre.

    Applications only accepted by e-mail hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk

    Funding Notes:

    Please note only EU/UK nationals/permanent residents are eligible to apply for this studentship. Please do not apply if you are not a UK/EU national/permanent resident. If you are not sure if you are eligible please contact Research Administrator, hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk.

    Related Subjects:

    Cell Biology / Development

    Evolution

    Genetics

     

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Department of History, Philosophy and Culture

    de Rohan Scholarship - September 2018 entry for Home/EU and International applicants

    For September 2018 entry, we are pleased to offer the de Rohan Scholarship to students  studying the MA by Research in Art History in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

    Applications will only be accepted from students who have already been made a conditional or unconditional offer by Oxford Brookes University.

    You should apply for your place on the course and then submit your scholarship application.

    IF YOU APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP WITHOUT THE OFFER OF A PLACE, YOUR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

    The deadline for receipt of applications is midnight on Monday 25 June 2018. They should be emailed or posted to the address stated on the forms below.

    The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the personal statement. You should clearly explain why you are following the MA by Research in Art History programme; what you hope to contribute to the course and the discipline; and what you hope achieving the MA by Research in Art History will contribute to your career and/or personal development.

    Please find the application form, notes for guidance and background to the scholarship below.

    Download Application Form:

    Home/EU Applicants

    International Applicants

    Download Background to Scholarship

    Funding opportunities will be post when available.
    The Postgraduate Doctoral Loan scheme is available from the next academic year; further information can be found at:

    http://www.practitioners.slc.co.uk/products/postgraduate-education/postgraduate-doctoral-loan/

    This loan is open to students who start their programme after 1st August 2018.  Students in receipt of Research Council funding cannot apply.  

    A total of £25,000 is available over the duration of a course and this will be paid annually in 3 instalments.  Students must be registered on the Doctoral Degree and not on a Masters award to qualify.  Funding is capped at £10,609 per year.  Students are encouraged to apply from Year 1 as it cannot be backdated.

    Applications will not be open until the summer and further information will be available when the system is open for applications.
    Information about loans available for Masters by research and MPhil programmes can be found at /studying-at-brookes/finance/postgraduate-finance---uk-and-eu-students/postgraduate-loan-scheme/