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Coup for UEL as new ESRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership secures 40 PhD studentships

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UEL has partnered with four other universities to offer a wide range of studentships

The University of East London (UEL) has partnered with four other universities to form a Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) that will offer 40 PhD studentships over the next six years.  

UEL has teamed up with UCL, SOAS, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Birkbeck, University of London, in a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Together they are known as the ‘UBEL’ DTP and will be one of the largest ESRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnerships in the UK.

PhDs will be offered in a wide range of subjects, with UEL contributing to the partnership by providing studentships in its Schools of Arts and Digital Industries, Psychology and Social Sciences. 

UEL Psychology Professor Mark McDermott, who is leading the UEL Psychology pathway in the DTP, said securing ESRC funding for the partnership was a considerable coup for UEL.

“The consortium competed against other universities to be awarded a quota of studentships, and as far as I’m aware they weren’t all successful. So it’s a real feather in the cap for UEL to be part of this. 

“It’s good for our reputation as an institution because it’s saying that our postgraduate provision is up there with other institutions like Birkbeck and UCL as they are wanting to collaborate with us.”

The DTP offers interdisciplinary and cross-institutional postgraduate studentships from 25 different pathways across its 56 departments. Studentships are offered on a full-time and part-basis across a range of routes.

These pathways are Archaeology and Heritage Studies (contact: Toby Butler); Gender and Sexualities (contact: Stephen Maddison); International Development (contact: Meera Tiwari); Psychology (contact: Mark McDermott); and Sociology (contact: Giorgia Dona, Maja Korac and Jonathan Hardy).

UEL is also providing training within the pathways of Anthropology (contact: Narmala Halstead); Economic and Social History (contact: Kate Hodgkin); Health and Wellbeing (contact: Corinne Squire); Psychosocial Studies (contact: David Jones) and Social Policy (contact: David Jones).

Interested and qualified candidates are asked to contact the relevant academics listed above for discussion about their proposed research and complete a UEL PhD application form for the School of Arts and Digital Industries, the School of Psychology, or the School of Social Sciences as appropriate. 

For additional information, see Postgraduate Research at UEL and Applying for a PhD at UEL. Application queries can also be directed to Debbie Dada.

The deadline for full applications may vary depending on the subject pathway but is likely to be in early January 2017.