Global Challenges Research Fund Creet PhD Studentship

Open University, UK is offering PhD position in educational technology. The funds for this position are available for five years. Applications are welcome before January 06, 2019.

Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)

The Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET) at the Open University has an international reputation for the quality of its research. Providing research students with a supportive environment and excellent research facilities ensures a future supply of first class researchers. CREET offers you a unique opportunity to study for a PhD in Technology Enhanced Learning as part of the GCRF studentships (Global Challenges Research Fund), with guidance from world-class experts in the field. If you feel that the challenge of research in these exciting and interesting areas is for you and you have the drive and intellectual curiosity to pursue postgraduate research, then we look forward to hearing from you!

The Open University is one of the UK's leading Research Institutions. In the 2014 REF 72% of its research was rated as "world leading" or "internationally excellent".

This funding is only available to candidatesfrom developing countries on the OECD's Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list ( )

Full funding for PhD studentship will include fees and a maintenance grant (expected rate 14800) as well as a Research Training Support Grant of 2,500 p.a. and Fieldwork costs of 5,000 p.a. for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

How do laboratory professionals in public health facilities in low-middle income countries learn to tackle a global challenge?

Assessing the role(s) that technology plays in supporting learning about antimicrobial resistance Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) poses a catastrophic threat on a global scale. Drug resistant infections are already on the rise with numbers suggesting that globally at least 700,000 die each year of drug resistance in illnesses such as bacterial infections, malaria, HIV/AIDS or tuberculosis. In response to this, the UK Department of Health & Social Care launched the Fleming Fund, a large-scale investment from UK Aid, to support low-and-middle income countries (LMICs) to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR) through a One Health approach. 250 million is the investment of the UK Government over five years. The Open University is a grantee of the Fleming Fund over the period 2017-2022, in a partnership between the Institute of Educational Technology and the International Development Office (led my Mott MacDonald and DHSC). This PhD studentship, situated within the existing international development work the OU is undertaking (2017-2022), will seek to explore what it means to strengthen capacity within laboratories established by the Fleming Fund in AMR surveillance networks. It will investigate how professionals in public health facilities learn on-the-job to address the global challenge of rising drug resistance and also critically examine interventions that will introduce use of technology in these settings to support learning and new work practices. This research is critical in supporting professionals who now have to work in complex environments while dealing with life-threatening conditions. This PhD studentship will look at organisational learning, focusing on the ways knowledge is mobilised to respond to major challenges and placing attention on how professionals learn new knowledge and skills, which is of critical importance in meeting the requirements of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Action Plan. This is particularly acute for many developing countries where less attention has been placed on opportunities for workplace learning.

How do local knowledge eco-systems function and interact with national and global systems? These questions are important at both conceptual and practical levels. We need to understand evidence landscapes that already exist in LMICs to be able to target engagement appropriately and to develop strong research and practice partnerships and practices that will complement and reinforce work focused on AMR.

The doctoral research could take a number of forms. We are interested in research that will be situated in one LMIC and will be conducted in one or two AMR surveillance network settings. The research could draw on methodological approaches, such as ethnography and participatory design or action research and could be informed by mixed methods. The successful candidate will draw on a range of methods to collect data, which could include surveys, self-reporting, semi-structured interviews, focus groups and methods of systematic observation (e.g. on locations in the field). Possible timeline: Year 1: The main activities will include training, pilot study research in one LMIC and write up for assessment in a probation review.

Year 2: You will spend your second year collecting and analysing data in one LMIC for your main study. Year 3: In your final year you will complete your analysis and produce a thesis for examination.

Training and skills: You will join a vibrant international community of students studying our PhD programme. The Open University (OU) provides excellent support for students and offers a full range of training in educational research methods, as well as computer, library and presentation skills (see further particulars). The studentships are full time at the Milton Keynes campus and students are normally expected to live within commuting distance of Milton Keynes. a Cover Letter outlining why the project is of interest and how your skills are well suited to the project. This part should also provide an outline of the approach you intend to use and how this will fit the proposed topic and the problem you are addressing (up to 1500 words)

and an Open University Application Form. Please use the form downloadable here: Applications, CV and cover letter should be sent to by 00:00 (midnight) on Sunday 6th January 2019 Interviews are likely to take place the week commencing Monday 14th/21st January 2019. The successful candidate is expected to enroll on the PhD programme in April 2019


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