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PhD studentship – Well-being of pupils and teachers in North Wales schools

The Centre for Educational Development Appraisal and Research (CEDAR) at the University of Warwick ( has a fully-funded PhD scholarship available for 2019 entry. This studentship is a partnership with the Regional School Effectiveness and Improvement Service for North Wales (GwE -

The studentship is for full-time study only and open only to applicants who meet the University of Warwick’s criteria for home/EU PhD fees. The studentship covers PhD study fees and an annual stipend at the level recommended by the Economic and Social Research Council for a maintenance grant. The successful student will be a student at the University of Warwick in Coventry. Ideally, the student will be based in North Wales and be willing to travel regularly to CEDAR. Applications from individuals who would wish to base themselves in Coventry and travel regularly to North Wales are also welcome.

The studentship funding is available for 3.5 years. Thus, applicants should already have completed (or almost completed) a relevant research-intensive masters degree or have at least the equivalent level of research experience. Applicants’ first degrees are expected to be of an upper second class honours level as a minimum, and must be in a relevant discipline – Psychology, Education/Special Education or a closely related area. Experience of working in schools would be an advantage. Although not an essential criterion, the ability to speak Welsh and/or an understanding of the Welsh education system would be an advantage. The successful student will also be offered opportunities to attend Welsh language courses.

The successful student will be supervised by Professor Richard Hastings and Dr Tom Bailey in CEDAR, with Dr Richard Watkins from GwE and involvement of other GwE senior staff with leadership responsibility for schools’ wellbeing agenda.

The main focus of the PhD research will be on understanding factors associated with both pupils’ and teachers’ wellbeing/mental health using large scale quantitative datasets, and on mixed methods evaluation of a small number of wellbeing initiatives/interventions in North Wales schools. The successful student will also work closely with the GwE team to synthesise research evidence and assist in the development on a Logic Model to inform wellbeing interventions in schools.

Informal enquiries can be directed to Professor Hastings

Closing date for applications: 4pm UK time on Wednesday 29 May.

To apply, please send a single document (pdf or MS Word) containing: a cover letter detailing your interest in and suitability for the studentship, a full academic CV, and the names and contact details of two academic referees who can comment on your suitability for PhD study. The application document should be submitted to

INTERVIEWS: Interviews will be held at the University of Warwick in Coventry on Thursday 20 June 2019.