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 Cell therapies for chondral defects of the knee
Reference number: ISTM2015-3

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in cartilage regeneration funded by and based at the Institute of Orthopaedics, Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry which is part of the Institute for Science & Technology in Medicine (ISTM) at Keele University. 

Find the long term outcome of ACI in the knee.

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration Three years from 22 August 2016
Fees Three years full time fees paid at current UK/EU rates
Non UK/EU students will be required to pay the additional overseas fees themselves.
Stipend Three years’ full time stipend paid at current Research Council rate (2016-7 £14,296)
Closing date 13th July 2016

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Research Topic Crowd psychology and theory based approaches to Policing football crowds in UK, Sweden and Denmark.
Reference number: FNSGS 2016-08

During violent ‘disorder’ surrounding the opening round of the 2014 football season in Sweden, in the southern city of Helsingborg, a fan died from injuries sustained in an assault. This tragedy highlights the scale and intensity of the problems within football fan culture in Sweden and the fact that Swedish authorities are regularly forced to confront the issue of football related disorder. The challenges raised by the policing of football related ‘disorder’ are of course not confined to Sweden but shared across the world. Such challenges pose fundamental questions for understanding how to police football crowds in ways that minimise conflict whilst maximising the protection of basic human rights. Since 2005 there have been substantial reforms to public order policing policy, practice and guidance as this relates to the policing of crowds in Sweden, Denmark and the UK. In all three cases these reforms have been underpinned by theoretical understanding of the psychology of crowds, expertise now located at Keele. The reforms involve enhancing police capacity for dialogue to augment perceptions of police legitimacy, avoid disproportionate police use of force and reduce conflict by empowering ‘self-regulation’ among crowd participants. While new theory led capacity for managing crowds is regularly deployed in the context of policing protest crowds such capacity is less regularly applied in the context of football policing in the UK and Sweden. In contrast the general theory led reforms to public protest policing have flowed into changes in policing of football in Denmark with some strong indicators of success. For example, since the implementation on the new approach across Denmark football related arrests have been significantly declining  and in the last year dropped below 100 across the entire season nationally. Moreover, the Swedish Police service is currently exploring the implementation of a new ‘event police concept’ drawn directly from the Danish approach. In the UK there are also developments which suggest that new forms of football policing based upon these ideas and approaches will emerge toward the end of 2016. Whilst there is a great deal of evidence that such theory led, evidence based and ‘dialogue’ focused policing approaches have the capacity to reduce conflict in football crowds there is as yet little systematic data or analysis of implementation, behavioural outcomes or processes mediating their (in)effectiveness. This project will address this limitation by developing a programme of PhD research guided by specific objectives to:

  1. Gather direct evidence on the deployment, role and function of the police in policing practice across a range of football crowd events within the Swedish, UK and Danish contexts.

  2. Understand the impact of policing upon football crowd dynamics, psychology and behaviour, particularly as this relates to the avoidance of conflict and criminality.

  3. Advance understanding of the epistemology of evidence based approaches to the policing of crowd events.

  4. Deepen theoretical understanding of the relationships between public order policing and crowd behaviour, particularly with respect to police use of force and the maintenance of human rights.

The studentship will be a fundamental component of the academic research conducted within a major project in Sweden funded by the Galo Foundation in Stockholm to the value of 8.5 million Krona across four years between November 2015 and October 2019. ENABLE is a project designed to create an international network of key stakeholders and experts in the field of football related safety and security. The primary task of the network is to act as a consortium to develop and undertake programmes of evidence gathering and dissemination, in order to discuss, identify and share good practice in the management of crowds attending Swedish Professional Football matches. Between 2015 and 2019 the project will undertake systematic observations of the safety and security operations surrounding fixtures in Sweden, Denmark and the UK. The network will also create conferences and workshops where learning, evidence and analysis can be applied to crowd management practices within Sweden. The network will also provide the necessary leadership to enable this knowledge to inform operational practices by stadium security officials and police.

This studentship will utilise ENABLE to stimulate and develop a programme of academic research that will be designed to complement and advance theoretical development in our understanding of good practice in relationship to the policing of conflict during football crowd events. Its methodology will be primarily comparative and ethnographic and involve periods where the student will work alongside police officers within Sweden, the UK and Denmark. The early stages of the project will focus upon student training, literature review, establishing working relationships and access. The intermediate stage will focus upon field based data gathering, which will take place primarily in Sweden, Denmark and the UK. The final stages will focus on formal analysis, writing and dissemination.

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees 100% tuition fees and stipend at Research council rates for 3 years.
Stipend Stipend for 2016/7 is £14296 per annum.
Closing date 31st July 2016

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