Research Topic Psychology - Full Studentship
Reference number: HumSS 2014/7
Abstract

The Centre for Psychological Research at Keele University brings together approximately 30 active researchers and 26 postgraduate research students in a vibrant, interdisciplinary environment. Our facilities include research labs, dedicated office suites, events space and meeting rooms for postgraduate research students, transferable skills training, and funding to support research expenses and conference attendance.

Applications are invited from all areas of Psychology where we have supervisory expertise. Research in the Centre is organised into three groups:

  • Brain & Cognition,
  • Social & Developmental,
  • Health & Ageing.

For more on the areas we offer please see http://www.keele.ac.uk/psychology/research/

For further details of our specific research specialisms and the expertise of our supervisors please visit: http://www.keele.ac.uk/risocsci/researchcentres/psychologicalresearch/

Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their interests with the Postgraduate Research Director, Dr Alex Lamont (a.m.lamont@keele.ac.uk) and/or prospective supervisors in advance of submitting their application. Please liaise with Helen Farrell for advice on the most appropriate contact point: socialsciences.phd@keele.ac.uk; 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:

  • Two academic references
  • A full proposal for your PhD (Maximum 4 sides of A4)
  • A sample of your previous academic work (maximum 5,000 words)
  • Copies of your previous qualifications
Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 Years full-time, 6 years part-time
Fees £3,996
Stipend £13,863 pa
Closing date 1 October 2014

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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 History MRes Studentship - The Great War in Hednesford (1914-1919)
Reference number: MRES1
Abstract

This is an opportunity for a well-qualified History graduate (or equivalent) to be supported by a fee waiver plus expenses to undertake Masters research on everyday life during the Great War in a community in Staffordshire in collaboration with local people. This innovative project sits within a well-established Masters programme and will receive experienced academic supervision. This is a new initiative which is being funded by Hednesford Town Council. It is aimed at a History graduate with at least a 2.1 who wants to engage with the public’s interest in WW1 commemoration to produce an academic study which is also ‘useful history’. 

Please complete a Case for Support (MRes) form and upload via the electronic application system.

 

Further information can be found here: MRes Studentship

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Fees £4,700 (these will be paid as part of the Hednesdford Town Council sponsorship
Stipend Up to £1,000 research expenses
Closing date 19 July 2014 (Interviews will be held on 30 July 2014)

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Research Topic Astrophysics funded Studentships 2014
Reference number: EPSAM 2013-1
Abstract

A number of 3-year funded studentships are available from September 2014.  Projects include:

   Nuclear astrophysics: impact and sensitivity studies

   Laboratory astrophysics at the Diamond Light Source

   Star formation and stellar ages from the Gaia-ESO Spectroscopic Survey

   Star formation in the Magellanic Clouds

    

 More projects may be added later.  For information on all projects see Advert and Details (below).

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees All fees paid at current UK/EU rates
Stipend 3-year stipend paid at current Research Council rate for UK residents only. EU nationals (not resident in the UK) qualify for a fees-only award.
Closing date 30 May 2014

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Research Topic Remotely triggered scaffolds for controlled degradation and release of pharmaceuticals
Reference number: ISTM 2012-04
Abstract

Advancement in knowledge of cell-materials interaction has led to development of novel materials for use in implant technology, in vitro expansion of cells for regenerative medicine and medical diagnostics. Scaffold materials provide the architecture to support 3D tissue growth, although often such materials cause problems for long-term regeneration. Biodegradable scaffolds that collapse after a fixed time period, either naturally or after external stimulus, are therefore advantageous. Addition of nanoparticles into the intrinsic structure of a scaffold can enhance functionality and lead to exciting new properties including ability to remotely trigger structural collapse and drug release. Here we are interested in the incorporation of such nanoparticles into a thermo-responsive biocompatible scaffold. This sophisticated system will result in remotely triggered scaffolds for controlled degradation and release of pharmaceuticals.

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees Self-funded
Stipend Self-funded
Closing date On-going

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Research Topic Image guided stimuli responsive nanoparticles for treatment of pancreatic cancer
Reference number: ISTM 2012-03
Abstract

Magnetic nanoparticles have become widely studied for biomedical applications in recent years including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nerve regeneration, drug and gene therapy. Coating the MNPs with gold results in a rigid coat shielding the external environment from the iron oxide. This results in safer particles with increased applications. Colloidal gold possess’ unique surface plasmon resonance (SPR) properties. When nanoparticles are irradiated with light of appropriate wavelength, particles undergo absorption and scattering of the photons. This absorption of Au nanoparticles is followed by rapid conversion of light into heat. In biomedicine this unique property can be exploited for applications such as photo thermal ablation and thermo responsive drug delivery. Pancreatic cancer is the 4th main cancer in the western world with only 5% of patients surviving up to 5 years after treatment. There is a huge clinical need for more efficient treatments for this disease. This group is interested in the application of gold coated magnetic nanoparticles for image guided stimuli responsive drug delivery for the treatment of pancreatic cancer.

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees Self-funded
Stipend Self-funded
Closing date On-going

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Research Topic Soil Biogeochemistry
Reference number: EPSAM 2013-4
Abstract

The student will carry out laboratory and field experiments to investigate the impacts of reactive N enrichment on the N cycle processes in soils of mature and restored ecosystems (varied age classes).

Biogeochemical research methods including soil incubation, experimental manipulation and subsequent sampling for N speciation measurement and process rates calculation will be utilized.
 

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees All fees paid at current UK/EU rates
Stipend Full stipend at UK Research Council rate
Closing date 10th July 2014

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Research Topic Benchmarking physiotherapy services
Reference number: RPCH 2014-03
Abstract

Methods are needed to enable the future benchmarking of physiotherapy services using routine patient reported outcome measure (PROM) data and standardised cost information. To enable fair comparisons methods to calculate PROMs change scores with appropriate adjustment for case-mix are required.

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration Three years full time or six years part time
Fees Fees provided at EU rates only, Non-EU students would be required to pay the additional overseas fees themselves. Fees will only be paid for three years full time or six years part time.
Stipend Stipend paid at current Research Council rate, for three years full time or six years part time.
Closing date Sunday 5th October 2014

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Research Topic The role of physiotherapists as weight loss facilitators for adults with osteoarthritis
Reference number: RPCH 2014-05
Abstract

The overall aim of this PhD programme is to develop recommendations for a new physiotherapy-led weight loss intervention for patients with OA who are overweight or obese.

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration Three years full time or six years part time
Fees Fees provided at EU rates only, Non-EU students would be required to pay the additional overseas fees themselves. Fees will only be paid for three years full time or six years part time.
Stipend Stipend paid at current Research Council rate, for three years full time or six years part time.
Closing date Sunday 5th October 2014

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Research Topic Primary care, inflammatory arthritis, gout, social construction
Reference number: RCPH 2014-07
Abstract

The proposed project forms part of a new programme of work, based at the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre, investigating the diagnosis, management and prognosis of Common Inflammatory Conditions in Primary Care.

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration Three years full time or six years part time.
Fees Fees provided at EU rates only, Non-EU students would be required to pay the additional overseas fees themselves. Fees will only be paid for three years full time or six years part time
Stipend Stipend paid at current Research Council rate, for three years full time or six years part time.
Closing date Sunday 5th October 2014

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