PhD studentship: Maximising the benefits of fieldwork

Graham Scott and I are advertising a fully-funded (UK/EU) PhD studentship to explore the benefits of environmental fieldwork in undergraduate degrees. The project will employ a case study approach to investigate drivers of student engagement in fieldwork, the perceptions of students and tutors of the potential benefits of fieldwork, and the implications for the design of field course. One of the key foci of the project will be the role of fieldwork in enhancing graduate employability.

We’re looking for someone with a Bachelors or Masters degree in any relevant discipline, including biological, geographical or environmental sciences, education or a relevant social sciences discipline, and some experience of research.

To apply, follow this link and create an account in MyAdmin. Make sure you include a CV (with details of 2 academic referees) together with a one-page personal statement explaining your interest in the project and career aspirations. More information is available on, or on the University website.

Closing date: Friday 29 July 2016

Interview date: Tuesday 9 August 2016

Start date: Monday 26 September 2016

For more information, contact Graham Scott.

Some background to the project:

Learning through fieldwork is an important part of degrees in the biological, geographical and environmental sciences. Evidence suggests that fieldwork may promote deeper learning, build student confidence and enhance employability. But not all students choose to undertake fieldwork and not all fieldwork experiences are equivalent (compare for example day trip and residential courses or local and long haul trips). The implications of differing levels of engagement, differing experiences and the ways in which tutors might manage them are not well understood.

Some more information:

This full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship will include fees at the ‘home/EU’ student rate and maintenance (£13,726 in 2013/14) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and can gain a Masters level Certificate or Diploma in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.




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