10% Alumni PhD Fee Discount

10% Alumni PhD Fee Discount

The College of Social Sciences is offering a 10% discount to former University of Glasgow graduates (Alumni) wishing to pursue a Postgraduate Research Degree in the College.

This discount will be for all Postgraduate Research Students (PhD, EdD, MPhil by Research & MLitt) full and part-time, who have previously completed an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Degree at the University of Glasgow.

The discount will apply for the full term of study, excluding any thesis pending period.

There is no restriction on the period of time between completion of the current award and enrolling on a the Postgraduate Research Degree Programme.

To be granted this discount you must indicate when applying for admission that you are a University of Glasgow graduate.


College of Social Sciences Scholarships 2015

College of Social Sciences Scholarships 2015

Applications are invited for up to 24 scholarships being offered by the College of Social Sciences to study for a PhD in an area of research linked to the college’s school/subject areas:

Adam Smith Business School
Subject PGR Convenors:
Accounting & Finance – Dr Yannis Tsalavoutas
Economics – Dr Francesca Flamini
Management – Dr Anna Morgan-Thomas
School of Education
School PGR Director:  Dr Oscar Odena
School of Interdisciplinary Studies
School PGR Director:  Dr David Borthwick
School of Law
School PGR Director:  Professor Mark Godfrey
School of Social & Political Sciences
Subject PGR Convenors:
Central & East European Studies – Dr Eamonn Butler
Economic & Social History – Professor Malcolm Nicolson
Politics –Dr Mo Hume
Sociology –Dr Sarah Armstrong and Dr Nicole Bourque
Urban Studies – Dr Mhairi MacKenzie

14 of the available scholarships will be allocated to applicants applying to the Adam Smith Business School.

This is a highly competitive prestigious competition attracting a large number of applications and only high quality candidates will be shortlisted.

Eligibility

Prospective Home/EU and International PhD students are eligible to apply as well as students already in their first year of a University of Glasgow PhD (start date between 1st September 2014 and 1st September 2015). Both full-time and part-time students are eligible.

The Award

The scholarship will run for a maximum of 3 years full-time or 5 years part-time commencing on September/October 2015 and will provide:

  • an annual bursary equivalent to the RCUK rate – £14,002 TBC (£7001 part-time TBC) for 2015/16
  • fees at the standard Home/EU or International rate
  • a research support grant of £750 (£375 part-time) per annum

Successful applicants will be funded up until the end of their third year of full-time PhD studies or their 5th year of part-times PhD studies.

How to Apply

Applicants not currently studying for a PhD in the College of Social Sciences must identify a potential supervisor prior to submitting an application, in order to secure a reference and develop a research proposal.  Please contact the relevant School PGR Director or Subject PGR Convenor in order to identify potential supervisors based on your proposed area of research.

All applicants should complete and collate the following documentation then attach to a single email and send to alan.mcconnell@glasgow.ac.uk by 17:00 on Monday 2nd February 2015:

College of Social Sciences Scholarship Application Form
With all sections and final checklist completed.

Academic Transcript(s)
Full academic transcript(s) from previous studies (undergraduate and postgraduate), received to date.

2 references
On official headed notepaper and signed by referees.

References given to candidates in sealed envelopes should be opened, scanned and attached to the email.  References can also be emailed direct to alan.mcconnell@glasgow.ac.uk by referees via their official University email address.

Applicants currently studying for a PhD at the University of Glasgow should include one reference from their first supervisor. Applicants applying from outside the University of Glasgow must include one reference from a potential supervisor at the University of Glasgow.

Second reference should be from an academic source e.g. previous supervisor, lecturer etc.

College of Social Sciences Scholarship Research Proposal
Research proposal form should be completed and attached to the application email.

Additional items such as references and bibliography should be attached to the application email separately from the research proposal – i.e. on a different word document.

Proposals should be no longer than 1500 words, excluding references etc. Any proposal over 1500 words will not be considered.

Proposals must be checked and supported (via a reference) by a supervisor or potential supervisor.

Other
All documents should be named as follows:
“CoSS Scholarship, Document Name, Student Name”
For Example:  “CoSS Scholarship, Reference 1, John Smith”

Applicants with alternative funding available in the event of an unsuccessful scholarship application should apply for admission to the PhD at the same time as applying for the scholarship

The same documents can be used in support of both the scholarship and admission applications but should be submitted separately i.e. scholarship application documents emailed to Alan McConnell and admission application documents uploaded via the online system.

Applicants relying on a successful scholarship application to undertake a PhD will be invited to apply for admission should their scholarship application be shortlisted.

Applications for more than one subject area e.g. PhD Economics and PhD Accounting Finance must be submitted separately.

Any application which fails to meet the above requirements will not be considered.

All scholarship awards are subject to candidates successfully securing admission to the relevant PhD programme within the College of Social Sciences.

Selection Process

Applications will be shortlisted by a school selection panel using the following criteria:

  • Out of 10 for academic record and references
  • Out of 10 for research proposal
  • Out of 5 for supervision and training

The final selection will be made by a college selection panel and candidates will be notified by Monday 23rd March 2015

If you are a Home/EU student or an international student (PhD Economics only) and have not applied for a DTC (ESRC) Pathway Scholarship 2015 please visit the ESRC Pathway Studentships webpages and apply.


Altona Foundation for Philosophical Research (ASFPG) Scholarship in Legal Theory

Altona Foundation for Philosophical Research (ASFPG) Scholarship in Legal Theory

This scholarship is offered to support students undertaking full-time doctoral research in legal theory at the School of Law of the University of Glasgow. The scholarship is intended to further interdisciplinary work in legal theory which engages political and social dimensions of law.

The ASGPG is an independent foundation which has its seat in Hamburg, Germany. The purpose of the Foundation is to stimulate and support research and theory including research in Applied Ethics and Law. It is expected that the successful candidate will have the opportunity to be involved in the activities of the ASFPG.

The scholarship covers fees at the Home/EU rate for three years. It does not cover maintenance costs. Applications are invited for the scholarship commencing in September 2015.

The deadline for receipt of the applications is Friday, 3 April 2015.

For informal enquiries, please contact Emilios.Christodoulidis@glasgow.ac.uk

Eligibility

Home/EU and international applicants are eligible to apply. Both full-time and part-time students are eligible.

The Award

The scholarship will run for a maximum of three years full-time or 5 years part-time commencing on September/October 2014 and will provide:

  • fees at the standard Home/EU rate

Please note the scholarship does not cover maintenance costs.

How to Apply

All applicants should complete and collate the following documentation then attach to a single email and send to Susan.Holmes@glasgow.ac.uk by Friday, 3 April 2015

ASFPG Scholarship in Legal Theory Application Form

Academic Transcript(s)

Full academic transcript(s) from previous studies (undergraduate and postgraduate).

2 references

On official headed notepaper and signed by referees.

References given to candidates in sealed envelopes should be opened, scanned and attached to the email.

References can also be emailed direct to Susan.Holmes@glasgow.ac.uk by referees via their official University email address; clearly labelling the reference e.g. “John Smith XX Scholarship Reference”

Copy of CV

Research Proposal and Written work

A research proposal of no more than 1000 words, as well as a sample for their written work (not exceeding 5,000 words).

Any application which fails to meet the above requirements will not be considered.

Selection Process

Applications will be ranked by a selection panel and those shortlisted will be invited for interview.  Applicants will be notified of the decision on their application by Friday, 1 April 2015.

All scholarship awards are subject to candidates successfully securing admission to a PhD programme within the College of Social Sciences.  Successful scholarship applicants will be invited to apply for admission to the relevant PhD programme after they are selected for funding.


Moffat Charitable Trust Scholarship

Moffat Charitable Trust Scholarship

The Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change at the University of Glasgow is a new research Centre, whose purpose is deepen our knowledge and understanding about the relationship between poverty and low educational achievement and to support the development of more equitable education systems. With the Moffat Charitable Trust’s support, we are able to offer this exciting opportunity for postgraduate PhD research with a focus on the East End of Glasgow.

Education offers people the opportunities, skills and flexibility to take a full and active role in society, and it is a significant factor in determining opportunities and income in later life. In Scotland, the negative relationship between deprivation and educational success has been well recognised, with the impact of deprivation most starkly obvious in Glasgow, which has the greatest concentration of deprived areas (35.8%) according to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation. This impacts the educational attainment of pupils in Glasgow, which is a major factor in the life chances of many young people in the area, effectively keeping generations of people in poverty.

The Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change is determined committed to challenging inequality by conducting research needed to shape the educational policies and practices needed to instigate necessary change. The three key questions that underpin the Centre’s work are:

•           What policies and practices promote equitable education systems?
•           How and why do these policies and practices break down the link between disadvantage and low educational outcomes for young people?
•           What are the social and economic impact of policies and practices that promote equitable education?

The successful recipient of this scholarship will focus their work on aspects of these key questions and work closely with academic staff in the Centre and College of Social Sciences to generate new understanding of the relationship between socio-economic disadvantage and educational, health and wellbeing outcomes in Glasgow, with a particular focus on the East End.

Eligibility

Home/EU and international applicants are eligible to apply as well as students already in their first year of a University of Glasgow PhD. Both full-time and part-time students are eligible.

The Award

The scholarship will run for a maximum of three years full-time or 5 years part-time commencing in September 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter and will provide:

  • an annual bursary equivalent to the RCUK rate – £14,002 for 2014/15
  • fees at the standard Home/EU rate
  • a research support grant of £750 (£375 part-time) per annum

For further information/ informal conversation about this opportunity please contact:

Professor Christopher Chapman chris.chapman@glasgow.ac.uk

How to Apply

All applicants should complete and collate the following documentation then attach to a single email and send to alan.mcconnell@glasgow.ac.uk by 31st March 2015:

Academic Transcript(s)

Full academic transcript(s) from previous studies (undergraduate and postgraduate).

2 references

On official headed notepaper and signed by referees.

References given to candidates in sealed envelopes should be opened, scanned and attached to the email.

References can also be emailed direct to alan.mcconnell@glasgow.ac.uk by referees via their official University email address; clearly labelling the reference e.g. “John Smith XX Scholarship Reference”

Copy of CV

Research Proposal
A brief 2-page document outlining the proposed research project.

Any application which fails to meet the above requirements will not be considered.

Selection Process

Applications will be ranked by a selection panel and applicants will be notified of the decision on their application by 30th April 2015.

All scholarship awards are subject to candidates successfully securing admission to a PhD programme within the College of Social Sciences.  Successful scholarship applicants will be invited to apply for admission to the relevant PhD programme after they are selected for funding.


Dame Barbara Kelly Fellowship

Dame Barbara Kelly Fellowship

Delivering supportive, palliative and end of life care to rural communities: the case of Dumfries and Galloway

This Fellowship has been awarded by the Crichton Foundation in recognition of the ongoing contribution made by Dame Barbara Kelly to the development of further and higher education on the Crichton Campus, Dumfries.  It is now open to applications.

The Fellowship provides funding for fees, living costs and research expenses for a student to undertake work for the degree of PhD, for up to 36 months full time or 72 months part time. The PhD supervisor will be Professor David Clark, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Glasgow, Dumfries.

The focus of the Fellowship and the resulting doctoral study is closely defined (see Appendix 1), but the key research questions, methods and overall approach are open to full development by the successful candidate, in consultation with Professor Clark.

Eligibility

Home/EU applicants are eligible to apply. Both full-time and part-time students are eligible. The successful candidate will be expected to reside in Dumfries and Galloway for the duration of the study.

The Award

The Fellowship  will run for a maximum of 36 months or 72 months part-time commencing in September/October 2015 and will provide:

  • an annual bursary equivalent to the RCUK rate [ £13,863 (£6931.50 part-time) for 2014/15]
  • fees at the standard Home/EU  rate
  • a research support grant of at least £1,000 (£500 part-time) per annum

How to Apply

Interested applicants are welcome to make informal enquiries in the first instance by email to Professor David Clark – david.clark.2@glasgow.ac.uk

All applicants should then complete and collate the following documentation and attach it to a single email and send to alan.mcconnell@glasgow.ac.uk by 28 February 2015

Academic Transcript(s)

Full academic transcript(s) from previous studies (undergraduate and postgraduate).

2 references

On official headed notepaper and signed by referees.

References given to candidates in sealed envelopes should be opened, scanned and attached to the email.

References can also be emailed direct to alan.mcconnell@glasgow.ac.uk by referees via their official University email address; clearly labelling the reference e.g. “John Smith XX Scholarship Reference”

Copy of CV

Research Proposal
A brief 2-page document outlining how you would address the proposed research project.

Any application which fails to meet the above requirements will not be considered.

Selection Process

Applications will be ranked by a selection panel and applicants will be notified of the decision on their application by 31 March 2015.

All scholarship awards are subject to candidates successfully securing admission to a PhD programme within the College of Social Sciences.  The successful applicant will be invited to apply for admission to the relevant PhD programme after they are selected for funding.

Appendix 1

Dame Barbara Kelly Fellowship

Professor David Clark

Delivering supportive, palliative and end of life care to rural communities: the case of Dumfries and Galloway

Background

Across Dumfries and Galloway there are people with a variety of health and social problems of a kind that can be ameliorated by person-centred care organised through services where the main goals are to reduce the burden of illness, improve quality of life and promote resilience. These goals assume particular salience in the face of life-threatening and progressive disease, and are especially relevant at the end of life.  Each year there are c1,000 new cases of cancer in the region and  c1800 people die (48% in hospital and only 23% at home).  On any one day in the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary 29% of the patients are in the last year of life and 9% of the patients will die on their current admission. At the same time the population of the region is ageing and demand for services is set to grow.

Dumfries and Galloway is fortunate to have a cancer support and information service, a specialist multi-disciplinary in-patient palliative care unit, specialist services for older people and a growing expertise in the care of those with dementia. But in a large rural area of dispersed population there is also considerable need for community-based services to deliver care closer to home, and to provide the benefits of holistic care – physical, social, psychological and spiritual – in more familiar and local environments.  The integration of health and social care across Scotland from 2016 along with the opening of the new Dumfries and Galloway Hospital in 2018 provide many opportunities to think about such services in new ways.

The proposed study will focus on these issues and will enable a full time postgraduate research student to:  investigate in detail the challenges we face in delivering care of this type in Dumfries and Galloway; assess areas of good practice; and make recommendations for innovation and change.

Aims

1) To produce an analysis of supportive, palliative and end of life care provision in Dumfries and Galloway that can inform service development, re-design and improvement

2) To locate this analysis within a state of the art review of international best practice, focussed on the delivery of supportive and end of life care in rural areas.

Methods

1)    Systematic review and meta-analysis of the design, delivery and known outcomes of supportive, palliative and end of life care services in rural areas, using up to date techniques of evidence synthesis

2)    Survey of the perceptions of bereaved relatives of care given in the last year of life, in Dumfries and Galloway using an established protocol (VOICES)

3)    Interviews and focus groups with Dumfries and Galloway patients and families – across diagnostic groups and stages of illness

4)    Electronic survey of views and experiences among relevant professionals

5)    Secondary analysis of existing audit and quality assurance data from local services

Outcomes

The completed study will produce:

1)    An academic thesis for presentation for the degree of PhD

2)    Related publications for the scientific and professional literature

3)    A set of recommendations to influence future practice and service development

4)    Further knowledge to add to the evidence base for supportive, palliative and end of life care in Dumfries and Galloway

Practical support and academic supervision

In March 2015 Professor Clark will begin a four year project funded by a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award concerned with the global challenges of end of life care; this will be staffed by two post-doctoral researchers, a public engagement officer and a lecturer in end of life care.

The Wellcome Trust is extremely supportive of complementary work in Dumfries and Galloway that can benefit from the environment of the main project.  This means that the Dame Barbara Kelly Fellow will have access not only to supervision by Professor Clark but also to an expert team of researchers, from which a second supervisor will also be selected

Accommodated in the Rutherford McCowan building, the Barbara Kelly Fellow will also benefit from the rich resources of data, expertise and information surrounding the main project – making for an ideal learning environment, supported within the well-established arrangements for postgraduate research at the University of Glasgow.  The successful applicant will have excellent qualifications at first degree/Masters level and will have a background in healthcare and/or social science.


MRes + PhD Economics Scholarship

MRes + PhD Economics Scholarship

The Adam Smith Business School is launching a prestigious, combined MRes/PhD Economics scheme. The 2 years MRes programme is normally followed by the 3 years PhD stage. The University of Glasgow will fund up to six studentships covering tuition fees and a stipend for up to five years to enable students to receive comprehensive MRes (pre-PhD) training and to subsequently undertake research in a chosen field of economics, leading to a PhD.

Note: Students are required to attend a 2-week introductory course in mathematical methods before commencing the MRes programme. This course starts on 7 September 2015.

Eligibility:

To be eligible, you must:

  • Hold an offer for the MRes Economics at ASBS

Country:  Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, Wales, EU, International

Level of study:

Postgraduate Taught

Value:

The scholarship will run for a maximum of 5 years. Each year's funding is conditional on successful progression and acceptance into the PhD programme and includes:

  • tuition fees at the standard Home/EU or international rate 
  • an annual bursary equivalent to the RCUK rate – £14,002 TBC for 2015/16
  • during the 3 PhD years there will be a research support grant of £750 per annum.

How to apply:

In addition to submitting an application for the MRes Economics the applicant should email economics-mres@glasgow.ac.uk stating that they wish to be considered for the scholarship and include their applicant ID.   

Deadline:

Studentships are awarded on a competitive basis.

March 2015: First round of awards

Candidates who apply for the scholarship and complete an application for the Economics MRes by 15 March will be considered for the scholarship in the second half of March. Candidates will be informed of the outcome by email by 27 March 2015.

June 2015: Second round of awards

Candidates who apply for the scholarship and complete an MRes application by 1 June will be considered in June. Candidates will be informed of the outcome by email by 17 June 2015


What Works Scotland Scholarship

What Works Scotland Scholarship

Applications are invited for an exciting new PhD studentship funded by the University of Glasgow.   The studentship will commence in September 2015 and will be based in What Works Scotland, School of Social and Political Sciences within the University of Glasgow. 

The topic of the studentship is open but will be on a subject relevant to our work.  We are particularly keen to encourage applicants seeking to explore co-production, asset based approaches or health and social care integration. The What Works Scotland Background Information document provides further information on the project for applicants. The funders invite proposals for PhD level research that will contribute to and augment other work in WWS.  Applications are sought from candidates with research interests in any set of research questions and methodological approaches and we are able to provide supervision for applicants from most social science backgrounds including sociology, education, health economics and social policy.

Funding will be available for a 3 year PhD programme.  Funding will cover fees, research expenses and an annual stipend of £14002 (tbc).

The closing date for applications is 4pm on 27th February.   Applications must be submitted electronically to the Alan McConnell: alan.mcconnell@glasgow.ac.uk.

Applications should include a What Works Scotland Scholarship Application Form, 2 references, previous degree transcripts and a 1,500 research proposal setting out the proposed areas for study, indicative research questions and proposed methods and a summary of the key areas of literature that will be critically reviewed during the PhD.

For further information please contact Professor Nick Watson, Co-Director, What Works Scotland -  nicholas.watson@glasgow.ac.uk


Urban Big Data Centre Scholarships

Urban Big Data Centre Scholarships

Urban Studies, School of Social & Political Sciences, University of Glasgow

Project titles:     
PhD 1: Rental housing in times of ‘austerity’ (Supervisor: Prof. Nick Bailey)
PhD 2: School choice and housing markets in urban Scotland (Supervisor: Keith Kintrea)
PhD 3: Transport Informatics (Supervisor: Prof. Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah)

Type of Award:  Institutionally-funded +3 or 1+3 awards
Eligibility:  Home/EU or International applicants
Closing date for applications:  Monday 16 February 2015 at 4pm
Date for interviews:  tbc
Start date:  1st October 2015

Introduction

Applications are invited for three PhD studentships to commence in October 2015. The studentships are funded by the University of Glasgow and will be based within the Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC). They offer excellent opportunities for outstanding candidates to join a world-leading interdisciplinary research group.

The UBDC is an ESRC-funded data service promoting the use of innovative methods and complex urban data to address global city challenges. It also runs a substantial and growing programme of research of its own. The studentships will play an important role in the development of the UBDC’s academic mission, conducting original theoretical, empirical and methodological work. While they focus on different topics, they share a common emphasis on developing the exploitation of diverse urban data and quantitative methods to address issues of public or policy relevance.

The UBDC is based within the Urban Studies subject, part of the School of Social & Political Sciences. Urban Studies has a global reputation as a research centre for innovative, interdisciplinary urban research which makes an impact. It is the founding home of the Urban Studies journal (along with Geography) and was ranked joint 1st in the UK out of 44 in the Architecture and Built Environment panel in the latest assessment of academic research quality (the Research Excellence Framework 2014). It has a thriving community of academics and PhD students, and the successful candidates will be encouraged to take part in and contribute to its excellent academic life.

There are extensive opportunities for advanced methods training within the University and the students will be encouraged to take advantage of these across the life of the studentships. These include a range of advanced quantitative methods courses run by the College of Social Sciences as part of its doctoral training programme, as well as specialist courses provided by the UBDC itself and others such as the wider Scottish Graduate School. Students will also have some funding to attend external conferences and will be encouraged to build links in wider academic networks.

Summary of the PhD projects

A brief summary of the topic or subject on which each PhD will focus is provided here. Applicants are asked to indicate how they would intend approaching the topic as part of their application.

PhD 1: Rental housing in times of ‘austerity’

Housing has long played a central role in the UK’s overall system of welfare, with the rental sector dominated by a variety of social housing providers who have, in general, provided relatively high quality, low cost, secure housing. This social housing stock has offset some of the negative impacts of Britain’s comparatively meagre welfare benefits system, improving welfare outcomes for a large proportion of low-income households. In recent years, however, we have seen a rapid shift in rental housing from social to private sectors, the latter characterised by higher costs, variable standards and insecurity. At the same time, welfare entitlements have been cut, particularly for those of working age. These cuts are expected to continue for several years at least. Many concerns have been raised about the potential consequences of this: for household and community stability; for housing affordability and hence ‘poverty traps’ or work (dis)incentives; and for housing consumption or quality and hence health, for example.

The overall aim of this PhD is to exploit the opportunities created by access to linked administrative datasets in order to shed light on the consequences of these changes in the UK’s rental housing system. Methodologically, the PhD will be aiming to use cutting-edge techniques in data linkage and analysis. Particular attention will be paid to causal inference. The specific direction of the research will be determined by the student’s interests and by what is learnt about data availability and quality in the initial stages. For example, it may include a focus on issues of: security or stability for households and communities; cost, affordability and access to employment; or quality, home environment and health.

PhD 2: School choice and housing markets in urban Scotland

Unequal educational outcomes (and hence unequal adult employment outcomes and life chances) are a key concern of social justice, but also relevant to important questions about the competitiveness of national economies.  While it has long been recognised that children from less advantaged households have poorer outcomes from school, there has been a more recent interest in place-based dimensions of inequality – the tendency for educational outcomes to vary between places. This became explicit in the UK under New Labour, has been continued as a policy theme by the coalition since 2010, and has also recently featured on the Scottish Government’s agenda.  To some extent the current debate – at least in England – is about the relative performance of students between different regions. Recent reports about the improvements in London school outcomes have prompted the question why performance is lagging in some other regions, particular other broadly comparable major cities. However, there has also been a growing interest in disparities in educational outcomes at a neighbourhood level which only very recently has been identified in Scotland as a policy concern. In its 2013-16 Corporate Plan Education Scotland has highlighted place-based differences in educational outcomes as a key factor in ‘holding Scotland back’ (Scottish Government, 2014), especially the strong connection between ‘poor schools’ and ‘poor places’.

The overall aim of this PhD is to exploit the opportunities created by access to linked administrative datasets in order to shed light to investigate the links between schools and the housing market in West Central Scotland. Methodologically, the PhD will be aiming to use cutting-edge techniques in data linkage and analysis. Particular attention will be paid to causal inference. Specific questions could assess the extent to which neighbourhood choice within urban housing markets is influenced by schools in terms of households seeking neighbourhoods with ‘good schools’ or avoiding neighbourhoods with ‘poor schools’; making estimates of the price premium paid for ‘good schools’,  depicting the geography of school-related housing and neighbourhood choice behaviour in West Central Scotland, identifying the household profiles of those making active school related housing market decisions, estimating the impacts on student composition on schools of school-related housing choice behaviour, and drawing out the implications for public policy on school catchment areas, planning for housing, and urban regeneration.

PhD 3: Transport Informatics

Providing access to high-quality transport services requires a variety of planning and operational innovations, as well as better understanding of travel behaviour, planning and operational processes, and the factors which affect these issues. The objective of this studentship would be to undertake quantitative research which demonstrates novel use of urban Big Data to analyse social, organisational or behavioural factors affecting transportation services and their impacts.

The major focus of the work will be on methodological innovations demonstrating the use of urban Big Data to improve planning and policy insights in transport. The specific policy topic would be determined by the interests of the student and ongoing work in UBDC. For example, substantive areas of focus could potentially include: (1) using novel sources of Big Data and associated data science methods to analyse social equity, spatial disparities and accessibility for disadvantaged communities, and to draw implications for planning and operations; (2) developing an understanding of the drivers of travel behaviour given emerging information technology solutions and assessing impacts on sustainable and healthy behaviour; (3) developing methodological solutions for dynamic resource management strategies for shared, intermodal, active and public transport, for example, regarding bicycle-sharing, car-sharing, volunteer driver services for persons with disabilities, and potentially electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Practical details

Studentship award

For each studentship, funding is available to provide either a three-year (+3) or a four-year (1+3) award. The former will be provided for a suitable candidate who has completed advanced methods training at Masters level or has equivalent research experience. The latter will be provided for a suitable candidate who has an appropriate first degree only. In both cases, the award will cover fees (Home/EU or International), and provide an annual allowance for research or training expenses (£750 per year for the three PhD years only) as well as an annual stipend at the standard ESRC rate (for 2015/16, this is £14,002 (tbc)). The stipend will apply for all years of the studentship, including the Masters year if appropriate.

Eligibility

A demonstrable interest in and aptitude for quantitative methods is a pre-requisite for all three studentships.

Applicants for a 1+3 award need a good first degree (2.1. or higher) in the social sciences or another relevant discipline such as statistics. They should be able to demonstrate some knowledge and understanding of quantitative social research methods, as well as the desire and aptitude to develop a high level of expertise in this area. If successful, they would spend their first year undertaking the MRes in Urban Research or in Public Policy Research before embarking on the three years of the PhD.

For a +3 award, applicants need to meet the criteria for the 1+3 award and, in addition, should be able to demonstrate that they have successfully completed Masters-level courses in social theory for social scientists and in basic quantitative methods. For the housing and education topics, applicants with strong quantitative skills such as those from statistics who do not have the required training in social theory will be considered; the award of the studentship may be conditional on them successfully completing additional training during their first PhD year. For the transport studentship only, applications will also be considered from those with an engineering or computer science background. Students due to complete a Masters programme prior to October 2015 are encouraged to apply although any award may be contingent on final results. Applicants who can demonstrate excellent research skills obtained through previous employment may also be considered for the +3 award.

The studentships do not have any restrictions based on nationality or residency requirements. However, funding is unlikely to permit the appointment of International applicants to all three studentships. If the favoured candidates for all three studentships are International in terms of fee status, it will be necessary to consider fee status in addition to academic and other qualities in making the awards.

How to apply

The closing date for applications is noted above, with interviews to be held with short-listed candidates on a date to be confirmed; for overseas applicants, interviews are likely to be via Skype or similar.

All applicants should attach the following documentation to a single email and send to ubdc@glasgow.ac.uk with “PhD studentship” as the subject:

•    Urban Big Data Centre Scholarship Application Form

•    Full academic transcript(s) from previous studies (undergraduate and postgraduate if applicable).

•    Two references on official headed notepaper and signed by referees. References given to candidates in sealed envelopes should be opened, scanned and attached to the email. Alternatively, referees can email references directly to ubdc@glasgow.ac.uk from an official work email address, clearly labelling the reference e.g. “PhD studentship – Reference for [applicant name]”.

•    Research proposal: a statement of your initial views about the focus for the PhD, covering the substantive issues and key methodological considerations or challenges, and including a short indicative bibliography (strict word limit 1200 words including bibliography). Any proposal over 1200 words will not be considered. If you wish to apply for more than one studentship, please attach a separate proposal for each.

•    A curriculum vitae (CV) may be included if desired but is not necessary.

Please note, all scholarship awards are subject to candidates securing admission to a PhD programme within the College of Social Sciences. Successful scholarship applicants will be invited to apply for admission to the relevant PhD programme after they are selected for funding.

For general information including suitability of existing research training or other experience, please contact Dr Mhairi Mackenzie, Convenor of the Doctoral Programme in Urban Studies: mhairi.mackenzie@glasgow.ac.uk.

For specific information on individual PhD topics, please contact the relevant supervisor:

PhD 1: Rental housing in times of ‘austerity’ Prof. Nick Bailey
PhD 2: School Choice and Housing Markets in Urban Scotland Keith Kintrea
PhD 3: Transport Informatics Prof. Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah