Current Studentships

Keele University studentships, when available, are funded internally or from external sponsors such as research councils or from industry. If you are interested in any of the studentships available you can apply online.

Research Topic Law Graduate Teaching Assistantship
Reference number: HumSS/02

We have the following exciting opportunity to study full-time for a PhD, while undertaking teaching and pastoral responsibilities within the School of Law.

You will join a School with a strong track record of research excellence. This excellence was recognised most recently in REF 2014 with 26% of all research submitted viewed as world-leading, placing us within the top 22 Law Schools for world-leading research (65% world-leading or internationally excellent). The areas of research strength within the School of Law are: Healthcare Law and Bioethics; International and European Law; Professions, Practice and Legal Education; Private Law: Theory and Practice; and Social Justice and Human Rights. Supervision can be available from across any of the School’s areas of research strength.

The post is for a maximum of 180 hours per annum. This will normally involve contributing to no more than 6 hours per week of teaching. The post will commence on 1 October 2015 and can only be held in conjunction with full-time PhD study.

Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their interests with a relevant prospective supervisor.  Please contact Helen Farrell for advice on the most appropriate contact point:  tel. +44 (0)1782 733641.

All applicants need to apply online via Keele’s application system, using the link below.  You will also need to provide:

Enquiries about the role are welcomed and should be directed to the Postgraduate Director for Law, Professor Alex Sharpe at

Enquiries about the application process should be directed to the Postgraduate Administrator, Helen Farrell at or 01782 733641.


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Duration 01/10/2015 full time (3 years)
Fees Tuition fees of £4,096 will be waived as part of the GTA
Stipend £2,052 per annum a stipend of £12,005. The total package (including Home/EU fees) is worth £18,153.
Closing date Monday 25th May 2015 at 5pm - Interviews are expected to be held week commencing 1st June 2015.

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Research Topic Biological availability of aluminium in infant formulas
Reference number: FNS GS 2015-01

Recent research in our group ( and has highlighted the high levels of aluminium which are present in infant formulas. The assumption is that these products are contaminated with aluminium since the manufacturers claim that no aluminium is added voluntarily.

In this project a student will investigate the biological availability of aluminium in infant formulas both; (i) in a clinical trial to determine how such products contribute towards the body burden of aluminium in infants and (ii) in benchtop experiments to study aluminium absorption in a model of the gastrointestinal system.

Please visit our website for information about our group.

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Duration 3 Years
Fees 3 years fees.
Stipend Fully funded for 3 years. 3 years stipend at Research Council rates, currently £13,863 per annum.
Closing date Friday May 29th 2015

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Research Topic Modelling, characterisation and optimisation of Deep Geothermal Energy in the Cheshire Basin
Reference number: FNS GS 2015-02

It is estimated that geothermal reserves in the Cheshire Basin hold around 4.6M GWh of energy, more than six times the national heat demand of Britain.  Current estimates of the thermal gradient in the basin predict temperatures of up to 100OC at depths of 4-5Km, making it ideal as a Deep Geothermal Energy (DGE) resource.  The basin is characterised by permeable Permo-Triassic sandstones overlying Carboniferous sandstones, siltstones and coal measures.  The complexity of these deeper formations makes it difficult to accurately predict the thermal and hydro/petrophysical properties of the geothermal reservoir at depth and, therefore, the capacity of the basin as a sustainable energy resource.   This NERC-funded, Industrial CASE PhD studentship (based at Keele University with Cheshire East Council as the industrial partner) will attempt to evaluate, characterise and optimise the delivery of deep geothermal energy as heat to homes and business in the Cheshire region. 

The successful candidate will integrate seismic, sedimentological, hydrological, structural and petrophysical data to assess/simulate the transfer of heat energy from the deep geothermal reservoir, through the hydrological pathways exploited by the DGE borehole, to potential customers as energy through a heat exchange system.  The ultimate goal of the project is to create a realistic, accurate, flexible ‘multi-physics’ geothermal model that can be used to predict, optimise and probabilistically characterise the energy return of the DGE system. This model will help inform and optimise the design of further DGE opportunities for Cheshire East Council in the future. 

The student will achieve a high level of independent competence in a range of techniques and skills, including petrophysical analysis, reservoir modelling and flow simulation. The studentship will also include a significant placement programme working directly with the Major Projects team at Cheshire East Council, Cheshire, UK

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Duration 4 years
Fees All fees paid at current NERC rates, for four years only
Stipend Stipend paid at current Research Council rate, for four years full time plus £1000 per year additional stipend from CASE partner. Year 1 stipend £14,057 + £1000. Training support fund allowance
Closing date June 1st 2015 in the first instance. Closing date will be extended until late summer if no suitable candidate is appointed.

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Research Topic Use of metabonomic profiling for the discovery of complex food frauds.
Reference number: FNS GS 2015-03

The greatest challenge facing the global food industry is fraud within the food chain. Much of this can be attributed to the increasing complexity and global nature of supply chains. This was highlighted recently by the adulteration of processed beef products with horse meat, exposing weaknesses in current testing. Rising food prices will result in more complex frauds becoming financially viable and harder to detect.

This project will focus on the use of proven metabonomic technologies to investigate how metabolite profiling can be used to determine the age of the foodstuff and the slaughter methods used in its preparation.

The project will take advantage of state of the art analytical equipment, including LC-MS/MS, LC-ICP-MS and LC-ToF, both within Keele University and ThermoScientific laboratories. 

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Duration Three years full time
Fees Three years full time fees paid at current UK/EU rates
Stipend Three years full time stipend paid at current Research Council rate (2015-16, £14,057
Closing date 29th May 2015

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