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PhD Studentships in Economic and Social Research Council

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD position in educational technology at Open University. This position is available for 4 years. This position is closed on January 08, 2020.

The Open University invites applications for full and part-time studentships in our suite of pathways within The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership.

These studentships are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Grand Union Doctoral Partnership. The studentships are fully funded for 3/4 years full-time or 6/8 years part-time (depending on whether you are on a +3 or +4 route), covering tuition fees (at UK/EU level) and providing a stipend. Details can be found here:http://www.granduniondtp.ac.uk/funding-support

You will have an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject. A Masters or equivalent experience is desirable. Eligibility criteria can be found here: http://www.granduniondtp.ac.uk/eligibility

If you would like to apply, follow the relevant link in the pathway descriptions below for further details about the pathway and also on how to apply. Applications must be submitted by 17:00 on 8 January 2020.

Interviews for the first stage (acceptance on to the relevant OU PhD programme) are likely to be in February 2020

Selection for the second stage is likely to be in late March 2020

Decisions at the third stage are likely to be finalised in June 2020

An application form and studentship relatedinformation are available via the links located below.

Further details and information can be found here: http://www.open.ac.uk/students/research/ou/partners/grand-union-doctoral-training-partnership

A webinar will take place and will also be available to view afterwards. Details can be found here: https://www.granduniondtp.ac.uk/events

The Grand Union DTP and its pathways

The Grand Union DTP is an ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership uniting The Open University, the University of Oxford and Brunel University London. The partnership builds on the recognised research and doctoral training strengths of all three institutions. The DTP covers 24 subject areas ('pathways'), themed into five broad clusters.

All OU pathways are available for students studying part-time as well as those studying full-time. Further details are included on the relevant pathway pages (see relevant links below).

Pathway 1. Citizenship - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The Open University

Citizenship studies is a cross-disciplinary field in which citizenship is investigated as not only a contested legal or political status, but also as field of practices through which individuals and groups (regardless of their status) struggle for, demand, or claim, rights, recognition or redistribution. The varied dimensions of citizenship (and conversely, non-citizenship), the multiple actors involved in struggles over citizenship, and the numerous sites at which these struggles take place translates to a conceptually, empirically and methodologically rich field of study and research.

For more information on this pathway and how to apply for a studentship, please follow this link: Citizenship Pathway

Pathway 2. Development Policy and Practice – Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The Open University

Development Policy and Practice at the OU challenges ‘top-down’ and aid-driven development policy models and promotes research into more participatory and inclusive approaches. In particular, its approach to ‘inclusive innovation’ focuses attention on how technological, economic and social innovations in food, health and education systems and sustainable energy infrastructures can bring benefits to marginalized groups. Underpinning this pathway is a history of research at the OU on the social and economic impacts of innovation and the political dimensions of development, all with a strong orientation to policy and practice.

For more information on this pathway and how to apply for a studentship, please follow this link: Development, Policy and Practice Pathway

Pathway 3. Geography – Lead University: Oxford; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The Open University

Geography at the Open University (OU), is at the forefront of interdisciplinary research on key themes of space and power, culture and practice, and environment and politics. The discipline's breadth of impactful research is enabled by its distinctive group of internationally renowned and award winning academics whose work has shaped key debates in the discipline through explorations of notions of space and place. Geography at the OU is highly research active. Research is conducted through the Open Space Research Centre; and is divided across three overlapping themes of space and power, culture and practice, and environment and politics. As an inherently interdisciplinary subject, the Geography pathway is uniquely placed to provide comprehensive social sciences research training to address societal and environmental problems.

For more information on this pathway and how to apply for a studentship, please follow this link: Geography Pathway

Pathway 4. Innovation in Learning- Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies, The Open University

Our pathway supports cutting-edge interdisciplinary research into novel uses of digital technology for learning, teaching and assessment. We specialize in studying open and inclusive education and welcome proposals exploring the boundary between formal and informal learning. Our Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology leads the world in research into: assistive technology use; children's digital lives; creativity and gamification; the application of AI to feedback and assessment; analysing big data to improve learning; MOOCs for professional development; the educational uses of Social Media; online intercultural exchange (telecollaboration). Our research academics will show you how to use a broad range of methods and approaches, from ethnography, through visual and participatory methods, to data analytics, corpus research methods and eye-tracking. We positively encourage imaginative methodological combinations, as a means of generating new insights into the world of learning.

For more information on this pathway and how to apply for a studentship, please follow this link: Innovation in Learning Pathway

Pathway 5. Health and Wellbeing – Lead University: Brunel; Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies, The Open University

Achieving good health and supporting wellbeing for all is essential to achieving social justice, and this lies at the heart of the Open University's mission. We have expertise in and place value on participatory and inclusive research, with a particular focus on groups that are marginalised, 'hard to reach' or have complex needs. We welcome proposals for research that locates the experiences of service users, 'patients', carers, family members and practitioners at the fore of inquiry.The pathway will equip students to address health and wellbeing as complex, dynamic and fluid phenomena across the life course, and to use established and innovative social research methodologies to address these challenges.

For more information on this pathway and how to apply for a studentship, please follow this link: Health and Wellbeing Pathway

Pathway 6 Psychology - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The Open University

The Psychology pathway at the Open University is hosted by the School of Psychology in the Faculty of Arts and Social Science. Focusing particularly on applied and critical social psychology, the pathway seeks to draw attention to, and challenges, social injustices in areas such as gender, race, immigration, poverty and sexuality. Connecting theoretical movements include feminism, subjectivities, sociocultural theory, psychosocial studies, phenomenology, critical discourse analysis, narrative analysis, Q methodology and dialogical approaches.

For more information on this pathway and how to apply for a studentship, please follow this link: Psychology Pathway

Pathway 7 Leadership and Organisational Governance – Faculty of Business and Law, The Open University

Our faculty has an internationally recognised reputation in leadership and organisational governance as well as applying its research in a variety of settings with wider societal impact. The pathway will equip students to examine complex leadership and organisational governance phenomena, using both established and innovative social research methodologies to address the associated challenges.

For more information on this pathway and how to apply for a studentship, please follow this link: Leadership and Organisational Governance


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