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School of Social Sciences and Humanities

1. Project Title

The reality and representation of female criminality in rural Suffolk, c.1780-1850

Project Overview

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship to conduct a research project to explore the reality and representation of female criminality in rural Suffolk, c.1780-1850. The background to this project is the relatively well-developed historiography of rural crime in this period and geographic area, albeit that most previous studies have focussed on male criminality and often the connection between specific types of male criminality and social protest. It is envisaged that the project will focus on property crime, exploring potentially differentiated, gendered, experience within the judicial system and in terms of the popular representation of female criminals. The specific scope of the research will be refined by the post-holder, but it is anticipated that the project could encompass an examination of renowned female offenders of the time, notably Margaret Catchpole, whose popular reputation, contemporary and posthumous, was potentially fluid and axiomatically shaped and distorted in the public realm by male, patrician, perspectives.

Supervisory Team

Dr Lisa Wade and Dr Harvey Osborne 

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Harvey Osborne h.osborne@uos.ac.uk.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have or expect to receive a Master’s degree in a relevant subject and a Bachelors degree in History or another relevant discipline at 2.1 or above. For EU applicants a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

Project Information

This scholarship is available for full time study only (3 - 4 years) and has a start date of 1st October 2019. 

Funding

The University of Suffolk are pleased to offer this project as a fee waiver scholarship. The cost of your PhD fees will be covered by the University, however living costs will need to be considered and accounted for by the candidate.

Please note that this Scholarship is only available to cover UK/EU student fees.

Where will I Study?

Students wishing to undertake a research degree with us will enrol and be supervised at the University of Suffolk in Ipswich and will be registered with the University of East Anglia (UEA). On successful completion, your PhD will be awarded by UEA. This partnership ensures that you are able to access high-quality supervision here in Ipswich and take advantage of the specialist areas of research on offer, whilst also getting the benefits of association with one of the UK’s best research-intensive universities. As a result of the partnership you will have access to the variety of training workshops and events held at both the University of Suffolk and UEA.  

Training and Development

An important part of your time as a research student at the University of Suffolk is working to develop the skills you need to be successful in your studies and, beyond that, after you graduate. In order to enhance the learning experience of all research students, the Graduate School runs the Researcher Development Programme (RDP).  

This programme has been developed using a skills framework created at a national level to ensure that universities across the country support the growth of a range of abilities needed by successful researchers. Through skills events and training workshops organised by the Graduate School, interaction is encouraged between students from different academic disciplines, resulting in a vibrant and supportive postgraduate community. All students can also access the training events at the University of East Anglia (UEA) at no additional cost, providing you with access to further opportunities for development and interaction with the UEA postgraduate community.  

Next Steps

If you wish to submit an application to apply for this project please complete the below application form and return this, along with a CV, to Katrina Hedley at graduateschool@uos.ac.uk

 

2. Project Title

Access to sexual knowledge? The contested landscape of contemporary sex and relationship education (SRE) in primary schools

Project Overview

Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) is a contested and emotive topic whereby sexual knowledge is frequently presumed a boundary marker between the worlds of adults and the worlds of children. As such, the delivery of SRE in schools is not mandatory as part of statutory frameworks and where it is delivered is described as patchy and leaving children vulnerable and uninformed. In addition, existing statutory guidance for the teaching of SRE has not been updated since 2000. After longstanding campaigns by UK charities and years of continued parliamentary debate the Children and Social Work Act 2017 introduced for the first time a requirement that all primary and secondary schools teach SRE from September 2020. This provides a unique opportunity to critically evaluate this landmark implementation as it rolls out across primary schools, from the perspectives of all stakeholders – children, parents/guardians, teachers, pastoral support staff and school leaders. This study will also encompass a critical analysis of existing SRE guidance and policies for schools as they develop through this legislative change, it will allow for identification of the challenges and possibilities mandatory SRE presents and provide opportunity to inform future pedagogical practice. Fundamental to this project are the perspectives of children in an arena where their views are often neglected, overruled or simply not sought at all.  

Supervisory Team

Dr Sarah Richards, Jessica Clark and Dr Sarah Coombs

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Sarah Richards, s.richards@uos.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have or expect to receive a Master’s degree in Sociology, Social Policy, Childhood Studies, Youth Studies or another relevant subject and a Bachelors degree in a relevant discipline at 2.1 or above. For EU applicants a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

Project Information

This scholarship is available for full time study only (3 - 4 years) and has a start date of 1st January 2020. 

Funding

The University of Suffolk are pleased to offer this project as a fee waiver scholarship. The cost of your PhD fees will be covered by the University, however living costs will need to be considered and accounted for by the candidate.

Please note that this Scholarship is only available to cover UK/EU student fees.

Where will I Study?

Students wishing to undertake a research degree with us will enrol and be supervised at the University of Suffolk in Ipswich and will be registered with the University of East Anglia (UEA). On successful completion, your PhD will be awarded by UEA. This partnership ensures that you are able to access high-quality supervision here in Ipswich and take advantage of the specialist areas of research on offer, whilst also getting the benefits of association with one of the UK’s best research-intensive universities. As a result of the partnership you will have access to the variety of training workshops and events held at both the University of Suffolk and UEA.  

Training and Development

An important part of your time as a research student at the University of Suffolk is working to develop the skills you need to be successful in your studies and, beyond that, after you graduate. In order to enhance the learning experience of all research students, the Graduate School runs the Researcher Development Programme (RDP).  

This programme has been developed using a skills framework created at a national level to ensure that universities across the country support the growth of a range of abilities needed by successful researchers. Through skills events and training workshops organised by the Graduate School, interaction is encouraged between students from different academic disciplines, resulting in a vibrant and supportive postgraduate community. All students can also access the training events at the University of East Anglia (UEA) at no additional cost, providing you with access to further opportunities for development and interaction with the UEA postgraduate community.  

The student engaged in this PhD research will be able to access specific training on the methods and methodologies involved and gain from training specifically focused on engaging children in research. This PhD will also be supervised by academics who have engaged in these methods, taught research methods at undergraduate and MA level and publish on research methods with children.

Next Steps

If you wish to submit an application to apply for this project please complete the below application form and return this, along with a CV, to Katrina Hedley at graduateschool@uos.ac.uk. 

 

3. Project Title

[Dis]ordered spaces: The contested landscape of rights, policy and gendered spaces in primary schools

Project Overview

Rights in childhood are often perceived as unproblematic and normatively positioned as protective and participatory. However, in a landscape where the rights of trans* and gender non-conforming groups are receiving an increasing focus, rights are once again revealed as being contested, controversial and conflictual. The space of the school toilet and its binary structure is seen as emblematic of wider social and institutional gender regulation. The challenges faced by children and schools in managing toilet spaces and the increasingly contested rights represented by those who access this space, is the focus of this PhD research. This study will encompass a critical analysis of existing policies and guidance for schools, identify and evaluate competing rights discourses of those involved and highlight the perspectives of children and teachers on how conflicting rights to gendered toilet and changing spaces are managed within their schools.

Supervisory Team

Dr Sarah Richards, Jessica Clark and Dr Sarah Coombs

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Sarah Richards, s.richards@uos.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have or expect to receive a Master’s degree in Sociology, Social Policy, Childhood Studies or another relevant subject and a Bachelors degree in a relevant discipline at 2.1 or above. For EU applicants a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

Project Information

This scholarship is available for full time study only (3 - 4 years) and has a start date of 1st January 2020. 

Funding

The University of Suffolk are pleased to offer this project as a fee waiver scholarship. The cost of your PhD fees will be covered by the University, however living costs will need to be considered and accounted for by the candidate.

Please note that this Scholarship is only available to cover UK/EU student fees.

Where will I Study?

Students wishing to undertake a research degree with us will enrol and be supervised at the University of Suffolk in Ipswich and will be registered with the University of East Anglia (UEA). On successful completion, your PhD will be awarded by UEA. This partnership ensures that you are able to access high-quality supervision here in Ipswich and take advantage of the specialist areas of research on offer, whilst also getting the benefits of association with one of the UK’s best research-intensive universities. As a result of the partnership you will have access to the variety of training workshops and events held at both the University of Suffolk and UEA.  

Training and Development

An important part of your time as a research student at the University of Suffolk is working to develop the skills you need to be successful in your studies and, beyond that, after you graduate. In order to enhance the learning experience of all research students, the Graduate School runs the Researcher Development Programme (RDP).  

This programme has been developed using a skills framework created at a national level to ensure that universities across the country support the growth of a range of abilities needed by successful researchers. Through skills events and training workshops organised by the Graduate School, interaction is encouraged between students from different academic disciplines, resulting in a vibrant and supportive postgraduate community. All students can also access the training events at the University of East Anglia (UEA) at no additional cost, providing you with access to further opportunities for development and interaction with the UEA postgraduate community.  

The student engaged in this PhD research will be able to access specific training on the methods and methodologies involved and gain from training specifically focused on engaging children in research. This PhD will also be supervised by academics who have engaged in these methods, taught research methods at undergraduate and MA level and publish on research methods with children.

Next Steps

If you wish to submit an application to apply for this project please complete the below application form and return this, along with a CV, to Katrina Hedley at graduateschool@uos.ac.uk. 

Suffolk Institute for Social and Economic Research (SISER)

1. Project Title

Understanding student’s online resilience and digital wellbeing at university

Project Overview

Universities in the UK have a suite of established student wellbeing policies in operation - Safeguarding, Student Charter, Dignity at Study, online-Safety and Acceptable Use of IT. Yet recent evidence suggests that UK students are increasingly victims of image based abuse; hate crime; identity theft, online fraud and harassment. Recent initiatives by UUK and Office for Students have attempted to bring about increased awareness of issues such as safeguarding, hate crime and abuse yet little attention has been given to specialist staff training in understanding online risk and responding to student disclosures.

Whilst student safeguarding and how the HEI institution responds to its statutory responsibilities is likely to be monitored at a senior level and through the institutional risk register, this research will build on the safeguarding strategic principles of ‘prevention’ and ‘response’ to better understand image based abuse; online hate crime and online harassment of students and vulnerable groups within the student community.

The multi-method study, adopting the well-established health promotion principles of primary; secondary and tertiary prevention will be based on a multi-method approach to examine student and wider stakeholder understanding of what is legal and illegal; hate crime; staying safe online knowledge; how to recognise and report illegal content and the importance of consent in image sharing and distributing. Whilst there is some research to date on online vulnerability, it focuses on the under 18 population and to  date there is a dearth of research which considers which students are more vulnerable to online harassment and, stalking; coercive and controlling behaviour and revenge pornography and what can be done to build resilience in these groups. The research will, therefore, purposefully focuses on students from ethnic minorities, LGBTQI or with a disability or mental health issue in addition to the wider student population in the UK.

Supervisory Team

Professor Emma Bond, Professor Andy Phippen and Dr Sarah Coombs

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Emma Bond, e.bond@uos.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have or expect to receive a Master’s degree in a relevant subject and a Bachelors degree in a relevant discipline at 2.1 or above. For EU applicants a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

Project Information

This scholarship is available for full time study only (3 - 4 years) and has a start date of 1st January 2020. 

Funding

The University of Suffolk are pleased to offer this project as a fee waiver scholarship. The cost of your PhD fees will be covered by the University, however living costs will need to be considered and accounted for by the candidate.

Please note that this Scholarship is only available to cover UK/EU student fees.

Where will I Study?

Students wishing to undertake a research degree with us will enrol and be supervised at the University of Suffolk in Ipswich and will be registered with the University of East Anglia (UEA). On successful completion, your PhD will be awarded by UEA. This partnership ensures that you are able to access high-quality supervision here in Ipswich and take advantage of the specialist areas of research on offer, whilst also getting the benefits of association with one of the UK’s best research-intensive universities. As a result of the partnership you will have access to the variety of training workshops and events held at both the University of Suffolk and UEA.  

Training and Development

An important part of your time as a research student at the University of Suffolk is working to develop the skills you need to be successful in your studies and, beyond that, after you graduate. In order to enhance the learning experience of all research students, the Graduate School runs the Researcher Development Programme (RDP).  

This programme has been developed using a skills framework created at a national level to ensure that universities across the country support the growth of a range of abilities needed by successful researchers. Through skills events and training workshops organised by the Graduate School, interaction is encouraged between students from different academic disciplines, resulting in a vibrant and supportive postgraduate community. All students can also access the training events at the University of East Anglia (UEA) at no additional cost, providing you with access to further opportunities for development and interaction with the UEA postgraduate community.  

Next Steps

If you wish to submit an application to apply for this project please complete the below application form and return this, along with a CV, to Katrina Hedley at graduateschool@uos.ac.uk. 

School of Engineering, Arts, Science and Technology

1. Project Title

The effect of low-frequency and low-energy Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields (PEMFs) on muscle cell precursors: new insights into cellular mechanisms and translational research applications

Project Overview

We are looking for a motivated graduate to join our award-nominated Biotechnology Unit Lab to work on an exciting project under the supervision of Dr Federica F. Masieri.

Muscle has a high susceptibility to injury and degeneration, posing a significant burden of muscle-related injuries on the NHS.

This study aims at exploring new avenues of biophysical stimuli applications onto muscle cells. Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields (PEMFs) with selected low-frequency and low-energy biophysical characteristics have been proven to effectively counteract inflammation in a variety of musculoskeletal models in vitro and in vivo, whilst promoting anabolic activities in bone, cartilage and tendon. Interestingly, PEMF has a role in supporting the in vitro differentiation of cells of the mesenchymal lineage, whilst counteracting the detrimental activity of a pro-inflammatory milieu. Recent evidence suggests that selected PEMF stimuli control the proliferation and modulate the release of myokines in myoblast cells grown in vitro.

This project aims at refining current protocols of application of PEMF in myoblast cells grown in vitro, to further elucidate the functional role of the biophysical stimulation in controlling an inflamed microenvironment and identify cellular targets and mechanisms of actions through which PEMF may exert its function. In the first phase of the project, the effect of PEMF will be tested on at least two cell models (muscle cell line and muscle primary cells). Subsequently, the evidence obtained will be used to define, in collaboration with our national and international partners, a quasi-vivo model of muscle cell grown on a suitable biosurface, mimicking as closely as possible the architecture of a muscle fibre, to test the effect of PEMF on a scaled-up model, with a possible direct translation of the evidence collected towards a clinical study.

Supervisory Team

Dr Federica Masieri, Professor Nic Bury and Dr Aida Rajic

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Federica Masieri - f.masieri@uos.ac.uk 

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have or expect to receive a minimum 2.1 BSc (Hons) and MSc with Merit or above in one of the following areas: Bioscience, Biomedical Science, Bioengineering, Cell Biology, Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Sport and Exercise Science, and related disciplines. The candidate is expected to have some experience in eukaryotic cell culturing.

For EU applicants a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

Project Information

This scholarship is available for full time study only (3 - 4 years) and has a start date of 1st October 2020. The deadline for applications is 1st May 2020.

Funding

The University of Suffolk are pleased to offer this project as a fee waiver scholarship, however the ability to pursue the research project is subject to securing funding for consumables.

The cost of your PhD fees will be covered by the University, however living costs will need to be considered and accounted for by the candidate.

Please note that this Scholarship is only available to cover UK/EU student fees.

Where will I Study?

Students wishing to undertake a research degree with us will enrol and be supervised at the University of Suffolk in Ipswich and will be registered with the University of East Anglia (UEA). On successful completion, your PhD will be awarded by UEA. This partnership ensures that you are able to access high-quality supervision here in Ipswich and take advantage of the specialist areas of research on offer, whilst also getting the benefits of association with one of the UK’s best research-intensive universities. As a result of the partnership you will have access to the variety of training workshops and events held at both the University of Suffolk and UEA.  

Training and Development

An important part of your time as a research student at the University of Suffolk is working to develop the skills you need to be successful in your studies and, beyond that, after you graduate. In order to enhance the learning experience of all research students, the Graduate School runs the Researcher Development Programme (RDP).  

This programme has been developed using a skills framework created at a national level to ensure that universities across the country support the growth of a range of abilities needed by successful researchers. Through skills events and training workshops organised by the Graduate School, interaction is encouraged between students from different academic disciplines, resulting in a vibrant and supportive postgraduate community. All students can also access the training events at the University of East Anglia (UEA) at no additional cost, providing you with access to further opportunities for development and interaction with the UEA postgraduate community.  

Next Steps

If you wish to submit an application to apply for this project please complete the below application form and return this, along with a CV, to Katrina Hedley at graduateschool@uos.ac.uk. 

 

2. Project Title

Community-based Wildlife Management in the Peruvian Amazon

Project Overview

This PhD research will use camera trap and remote audio recorder surveys to estimate large mammal populations and develop science-driven hunting management plans with Maijuna indigenous communities in the north-eastern Peruvian Amazon. The candidate will assess the impact of new no-offtake zoning in traditional hunting grounds that are being set aside for ecotourism and to ensure the sustainability of hunting in surrounding hunting grounds. We are in the sixth year of this conservation project on the Rio Napo, which will reduce the hunting pressure on vulnerable species such as primates, tapirs and white-lipped peccaries, whilst ensuring the food security of indigenous communities. This is a rare opportunity to make wide landscape-scale wildlife surveys before and after a conservation intervention in a strategically important central region of the Amazon Rainforest.  This research conforms to all Peruvian guidelines for research with human participants and animals and has been approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for research involving human participants. Ethics approval in the UK will be sought before the enrolment of a PhD student and the start of research.

Supervisory Team

Professor Nic Bury, Dr Mark Bowler and Professor Carlos Peres

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Mark Bowler, m.bowler@uos.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have or expect to receive a minimum 2.1 BSc (Hons) and MSc with Merit or above in Biological Sciences or a related discipline. Applications without a Masters will require a 1st class undergraduate degree.

For EU applicants a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

Project Information

This scholarship is available for full time study only (3 - 4 years) and has a start date of 1st January 2020. The deadline for applications is 30th August 2019.

Funding

The University of Suffolk are pleased to offer this project as a fee waiver scholarship. The cost of your PhD fees will be covered by the University, however living costs will need to be considered and accounted for by the candidate.

Please note that this Scholarship is only available to cover UK/EU student fees.

Where will I Study?

Students wishing to undertake a research degree with us will enrol and be supervised at the University of Suffolk in Ipswich and will be registered with the University of East Anglia (UEA). On successful completion, your PhD will be awarded by UEA. This partnership ensures that you are able to access high-quality supervision here in Ipswich and take advantage of the specialist areas of research on offer, whilst also getting the benefits of association with one of the UK’s best research-intensive universities. As a result of the partnership you will have access to the variety of training workshops and events held at both the University of Suffolk and UEA.  

Training and Development

An important part of your time as a research student at the University of Suffolk is working to develop the skills you need to be successful in your studies and, beyond that, after you graduate. In order to enhance the learning experience of all research students, the Graduate School runs the Researcher Development Programme (RDP).  

This programme has been developed using a skills framework created at a national level to ensure that universities across the country support the growth of a range of abilities needed by successful researchers. Through skills events and training workshops organised by the Graduate School, interaction is encouraged between students from different academic disciplines, resulting in a vibrant and supportive postgraduate community. All students can also access the training events at the University of East Anglia (UEA) at no additional cost, providing you with access to further opportunities for development and interaction with the UEA postgraduate community.  

Next Steps

If you wish to submit an application to apply for this project please complete the below application form and return this, along with a CV, to Katrina Hedley at graduateschool@uos.ac.uk. 

 

3. Project Title

Real-time Detection of Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) using Deep Reinforcement Learning

Project Overview

The development of smart cities and communities is now a global agenda. This has accelerated the roll out of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. Systems that were typically locked down such as critical infrastructure systems and banking systems are now more accessible through the internet; creating a significant security risk that IP networking security protocols were not originally designed to handle.

One of the major security concerns to critical infrastructures is Advanced Persistent Threats (APT). These attacks involve stealth slow penetration of the network bypassing traditional security measures; typically remaining in the network with hardly any monitorable traces. APT are typically multidivisional skilful attacks; often combined with other attacks such as zero-day exploits, social engineering (phishing, pretexting, baiting, etc) as well as insider cooperation with the APT attacker. Literature indicate that in a number of cases critical infrastructures have been compromised for several years prior to detection. Existing cyber security intrusion detection techniques fail short of mitigating the risks of APT.

The move towards software defined networking coupled with the increasing affordability of high-performance GPU clusters have opened the possibilities for the development of complex real time artificial intelligence algorithms. This PhD research project will focus on the investigation of novel APT detection techniques based on deep reinforcement learning techniques with focus on Deep Neural Networks (CNN). The aim is to develop an adaptive scheme that can learn the known patterns of APT to improve the detectability of APT attacks with unknown patterns.

Supervisory Team

Professor Mohamed Abdel-Maguid, Professor Nicholas Caldwell and Dr Laith Al-Jobouri

For informal enquiries please contact Prof Nicholas Caldwell - n.caldwell@uos.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have or expect to receive a minimum 2.1 BSc (Hons) in computing, electrical/electronic engineering or cognate areas, or another related discipline. The candidate is expected to have some experience in eukaryotic cell culturing.

For EU applicants a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

Project Information

This scholarship is available for full time study only (3 - 4 years) and has a start date of 1st January 2020. The deadline for applications is 30th August 2019.

Funding

The University of Suffolk are pleased to offer this project as a fee waiver scholarship. The cost of your PhD fees will be covered by the University, however living costs will need to be considered and accounted for by the candidate.

Please note that this Scholarship is only available to cover UK/EU student fees.

Where will I Study?

Students wishing to undertake a research degree with us will enrol and be supervised at the University of Suffolk in Ipswich and will be registered with the University of East Anglia (UEA). On successful completion, your PhD will be awarded by UEA. This partnership ensures that you are able to access high-quality supervision here in Ipswich and take advantage of the specialist areas of research on offer, whilst also getting the benefits of association with one of the UK’s best research-intensive universities. As a result of the partnership you will have access to the variety of training workshops and events held at both the University of Suffolk and UEA.  

Training and Development

An important part of your time as a research student at the University of Suffolk is working to develop the skills you need to be successful in your studies and, beyond that, after you graduate. In order to enhance the learning experience of all research students, the Graduate School runs the Researcher Development Programme (RDP).  

This programme has been developed using a skills framework created at a national level to ensure that universities across the country support the growth of a range of abilities needed by successful researchers. Through skills events and training workshops organised by the Graduate School, interaction is encouraged between students from different academic disciplines, resulting in a vibrant and supportive postgraduate community. All students can also access the training events at the University of East Anglia (UEA) at no additional cost, providing you with access to further opportunities for development and interaction with the UEA postgraduate community.  

Next Steps

If you wish to submit an application to apply for this project please complete the below application form and return this, along with a CV, to Katrina Hedley at graduateschool@uos.ac.uk. 

 

4. Project Title

“To flow or not to flow”: developing an artificial fish gill cell culture model for use in toxicology

Project Overview

There is a worldwide societal desire to develop replacements for animals in toxicology tests and research. This PhD project proposes to investigate two topical research needs in this area. Firstly, waterborne toxicants enter into the circulation via the gills and currently a bottleneck in the development of replacements for whole fish studies is finding an alternative that adequately mimics the dynamics of the water/fish interface and is linked to internal organ cell cultures. This aspect of the proposed research aims to develop and characterise a bespoke gill cell culture flow-through system which is linked to other cells cultures to assess pollutant uptake. Secondly, the project will use fish cell cultures, to assess pollutant mixtures toxicity and identify mechanisms for additive or antagonistic effects of these mixtures. To address this, we will firstly develop a high throughput fish cell culture toxicity assay, and secondly assess the use of the flow through system for this purpose.

Supervisory Team

Professor Nic Bury and Dr Chris Turner

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Nic Bury, n.bury@uos.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have or expect to receive a minimum 2.1 BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences or a related discipline. 

For EU applicants a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

Project Information

This scholarship is available for full time study only (3 - 4 years) and has a start date of 1st January 2020. The deadline for applications is 30th August 2019.

Funding

The University of Suffolk are pleased to offer this project as a fee waiver scholarship. The cost of your PhD fees will be covered by the University, however living costs will need to be considered and accounted for by the candidate.

Please note that this Scholarship is only available to cover UK/EU student fees.

Where will I Study?

Students wishing to undertake a research degree with us will enrol and be supervised at the University of Suffolk in Ipswich and will be registered with the University of East Anglia (UEA). On successful completion, your PhD will be awarded by UEA. This partnership ensures that you are able to access high-quality supervision here in Ipswich and take advantage of the specialist areas of research on offer, whilst also getting the benefits of association with one of the UK’s best research-intensive universities. As a result of the partnership you will have access to the variety of training workshops and events held at both the University of Suffolk and UEA.  

Training and Development

An important part of your time as a research student at the University of Suffolk is working to develop the skills you need to be successful in your studies and, beyond that, after you graduate. In order to enhance the learning experience of all research students, the Graduate School runs the Researcher Development Programme (RDP).  

This programme has been developed using a skills framework created at a national level to ensure that universities across the country support the growth of a range of abilities needed by successful researchers. Through skills events and training workshops organised by the Graduate School, interaction is encouraged between students from different academic disciplines, resulting in a vibrant and supportive postgraduate community. All students can also access the training events at the University of East Anglia (UEA) at no additional cost, providing you with access to further opportunities for development and interaction with the UEA postgraduate community.  

The student will be trained in cell culture and toxicology. He or she will be addressing global questions – finding alternative testing methods for environmental pollutant to develop the next generation of environmental regulations and policy. The student will have links, via the supervisor, to international and national research groups at the forefront of this research in the world. Locally, Envigo in Eye are a company that conducts regulatory toxicity testing and by liaising with them it may possible to develop an in vitro toxicity testing lab in Suffolk. 

Next Steps

If you wish to submit an application to apply for this project please complete the below application form and return this, along with a CV, to Katrina Hedley at graduateschool@uos.ac.uk. 

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School of Health and Sport Sciences

1. Project Title

Wearable Technology at the Foot-Ground Level: Implications for Athlete Training Load Monitoring

Project Overview

Back-mounted GPS and tri-axial accelerometer systems are currently used to monitor training load in applied sports science settings for the purposes of optimising training intensities and subsequent recovery, as well as for injury prevention and rehabilitation.  Such systems are valid and reliable in certain contexts but are less accurate in fundamental movements inherent to many sports, such as shorter distance sprints or changes of direction.  These systems have currently proved unable to accurately predict ground reaction forces or impact shock wave transmission through the body.  It is therefore prudent to explore alternative wearable technologies (e.g., inertial measurement units and/or smart insoles for sport-specific footwear) for this purpose.

This project will involve recruiting and recording groups of male soccer players performing a series of fundamental sporting movements.  Kinetic and kinematic parameters during the movements will be recorded using novel wearable technologies, as well as a back-mounted GPS and tri-axial accelerometer system and gold-standard force platform and three-dimensional motion capture systems.  Similar methods may subsequently be used to differentiate between athletes of differing ability levels and to evaluate the efficacy of wearable technology based training programmes.

The aims of this PhD project are to:

  1. Determine the validity and reliability of novel forms of wearable technology for measuring training load;
  2. Compare the accuracy of novel forms of wearable technology to that of back-mounted GPS and tri-axial accelerometers as well as gold-standard measurement systems;
  3. Identify threshold kinetic and kinematic values indicative of various levels of performance in fundamental sporting movements;
  4. Evaluate the efficacy of a longitudinal training programme utilising novel wearable technologies.

Supervisory Team

Dr Marco Beato and Dr Stuart McErlain-Naylor

 

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Marco Beato - M.Beato@uos.ac.uk

 

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have or expect to receive a minimum 2.1 BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science or Sport and Exercise Science or another related discipline. 

For EU applicants a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

Project Information

This scholarship is available for full time study only (3 - 4 years) and has a start date of 1st October 2019. The deadline for applications is 30th August 2019.

Funding

The University of Suffolk are pleased to offer this project as a fee waiver scholarship. An industry partner have kindly agreed to contribute towards consumables for this project.

The cost of your PhD fees will be covered by the University, however living costs will need to be considered and accounted for by the candidate.

Please note that this Scholarship is only available to cover UK/EU student fees.

Where will I Study?

Students wishing to undertake a research degree with us will enrol and be supervised at the University of Suffolk in Ipswich and will be registered with the University of East Anglia (UEA). On successful completion, your PhD will be awarded by UEA. This partnership ensures that you are able to access high-quality supervision here in Ipswich and take advantage of the specialist areas of research on offer, whilst also getting the benefits of association with one of the UK’s best research-intensive universities. As a result of the partnership you will have access to the variety of training workshops and events held at both the University of Suffolk and UEA.  

Training and Development

An important part of your time as a research student at the University of Suffolk is working to develop the skills you need to be successful in your studies and, beyond that, after you graduate. In order to enhance the learning experience of all research students, the Graduate School runs the Researcher Development Programme (RDP).  

This programme has been developed using a skills framework created at a national level to ensure that universities across the country support the growth of a range of abilities needed by successful researchers. Through skills events and training workshops organised by the Graduate School, interaction is encouraged between students from different academic disciplines, resulting in a vibrant and supportive postgraduate community. All students can also access the training events at the University of East Anglia (UEA) at no additional cost, providing you with access to further opportunities for development and interaction with the UEA postgraduate community.  

Next Steps

If you wish to submit an application to apply for this project please complete the below application form and return this, along with a CV, to Katrina Hedley at graduateschool@uos.ac.uk.