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2014 PhD Studentship in Lifelong Learning and Widening Participation at University of Leicester in UK

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The Vaughan Center for Lifelong Learning and the School of Education are offering PhD studentship for October 2014 entry to their Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme. UK/EU and international applicants are eligible for this PhD Studentship. The studentship is available for full-time registration and is payable as a full UK/EU tuition fee waiver for three years. The successful applicant will also receive a research training support grant worth £750 and be able to bid for additional funding to cover attendance at relevant academic conferences. Application deadline is 30 June 2014.

About Scholarship: The widening participation agenda now sits within a knowledge economy discourse, linking future economic competitiveness with lifelong learning and the need to up-skill the workforce. Against this policy context, the project will investigate what the ‘economic imperatives’ are for lifelong learning. It will examine how Access to Higher Education students experiences the peripheral labor market and how this influences their decisions to return to formal education, as adult learners. The research project also seeks to investigate how such students’ position themselves in terms of the tensions between lifelong learning and employ ability; and how this affects the development of their identities and perceptions of self (agency) and their struggles with the social structures around them. It will also examine the dual value of Access to Higher Education not only in terms of offering individuals the opportunity to develop intellectually but to better equip them for work. This research project will address the following key themes:
-the value of Access to Higher Education as a means of gaining employment,
-employer’s understandings of the Access qualification,
-Access to Higher Education as cultural capital,
-individuals’ motivations for lifelong learning,
-development of identity and agency in luminal spaces.

Study: Studentship is awarded in Lifelong Learning and Widening Participation at University of Leicester in UK, 2014.
Course Level: Studentship is available for pursuing PhD level at University of Leicester in UK.
Scholarship Provider: The Vaughan Center for Lifelong Learning and the School of Education, University of Leicester
Scholarship can be taken at: UK

Eligibility:

•First class or upper second class undergraduate degree or an equivalent overseas qualification in a relevant subject*
•It is expected that applicants will also hold a masters degree in a relevant subject.
•Standard English language requirements.
•Available to suitable UK/EU and International (i.e., outside the EU) applicants – please note though that the award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate only; international applicants (and those not eligible to pay UK/EU tuition fees) must demonstrate at the time of their application that they can fund the difference in tuition fee rates.
•Available for full-time registration only.
•Applicants must be able to start in October 2014 or show evidence of achieving this by October 2014.

Scholarship Open for: PhD studentship is open for UK/EU and international (i.e., outside the EU) applicants.

Duration: This PhD studentship will be available for three years.

Value: This PhD studentship is payable as a full UK/EU tuition fee waiver for three years. The successful applicant will also receive a research training support grant worth £750 and be able to bid for additional funding to cover attendance at relevant academic conferences.

Apply: Applicants can apply via online or by post.

Deadline: The deadline for applications is 30 June 2014.

Further Information: http://www2.le.ac.uk/study/research/funding/lifelong-learning

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