KESS 2 & KESS 2 East Scholarships

           

1. KESS 2 MRes Scholarship:

A hydrological modelling toolkit to enhance flood management and infrastructure decisions in Gwynedd County, Wales

Bangor University, School of Natural Sciences 

Project ID: BUK2188

Annual Stipend: £11,586

Application Deadline: 1st February 2020 

Flood risk mitigation is a major societal challenge and will be increasingly important in the future due to climate change threats. Flooding often causes significant economic damage to the affected communities. Natural Resources Wales (NRW) estimated that, between 2011 and 2014, flooding in Wales cost about £71 million. Flood risk is clearly a national concern and protecting and improving the water environment is the principal aim of the European Union Water Framework Directive (EU-WFD) and Welsh Assembly Government’s (WAG) National Strategy for Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management in Wales. Managing the risks of flooding locally is crucial to creating safer and more resilient communities, and this is where Local Authorities play a very important role. 

Gwynedd County Council (GCC) is the Local Flood Lead Authority in Gwynedd County and its statutory role in this capacity is fulfilled by Ymgynghoriaeth Gwynedd Consultancy (YGC). Typical solutions implemented by YGC for flood risk alleviation have been to increase river or culvert capacity, upgrade surface water systems or implement property level resilience (PLR) measures. However, the long-term effectiveness of these solutions is unclear as they have been implemented without considering the river catchment’s hydrological behaviour. Moving forward, YGC seeks to develop a new approach to developing flood alleviation schemes on a river catchment basis, as opposed to focusing on small and isolated communities. A major knowledge gap in this regard is the relatively poor understanding of the hydrological behaviour of small catchments within Gwynedd. 

This project will employ a computer-based modelling approach to develop a hydrological toolkit for enhanced decision making. Specifically, this toolkit will enable YGC to: (1) perform multi-scenario assessment of catchment conditions, including climate and land use change, for flood management and infrastructure decisions, and (2) quantify the impact of climate change uncertainty over the next 80 to 100 years on catchment flood response in Gwynedd. The work to be carried out in this project directly addresses YGC’s priority of developing a streamlined hydrological modelling workflow that can eventually be integrated with external models, e.g., flood inundation mapping tools, to form an effective decision support system. 

The prospective applicant should have a minimum of a good 2:1 in a relevant degree and be available to take up the studentship by April 2020. Previous experience in using hydrological modelling and GIS software is highly desirable. A requirement of the studentship is a 30-day placement with the partner company (YGC), during the period of the project. 

Expected start date: 01/04/2020 

Supervisors: Dr Sopan Patil, Bangor University (s.d.patil@bangor.ac.uk), Mr Robert Williams (Ymgynghoriaeth Gwynedd Consultancy), and Dr Prysor Williams (Bangor University). 

Interested applicants who wish to discuss the role further can contact Dr Sopan Patil via email (s.d.patil@bangor.ac.uk).

 To apply for this fully funded post, please email a current CV and covering letter (2 A4 pages maximum) to s.d.patil@bangor.ac.uk and cc to Penny Dowdney (p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk) by 1st February 2020.

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in the Convergence Area of Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification. 

2.KESS2 Masters by Research Scholarship :

Developing a theory of change for a complex programme; a systematic framework for ensuring delivery of outcomes in a new Wellbeing Hub for the Nantlle Valley.

School of Health Sciences, Bangor University

Project ID: BUK2200

Annual Stipend: £11,586

Application Deadline : 01/02/2020.

This is a research opportunity that may be attractive to a range of students as it covers a wide field of interests. Health and social care students with an interest in strategic change are an obvious set but so would business studies students interested in public and voluntary sector development, similarly ‘place based’ community development researchers or any students/researchers with a passion for how the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act may be delivered in practice.

Grwp Cynefin have been the lead organisation building a wider vision for Penygroes as a Centre for Well-being for the Nantlle Valley and wider local region.  Partners including Gwynedd Council, Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board, and a range of voluntary and  community organisations have produced a business case to create a new and innovative Wellbeing Hub to modernise and extend the reach of existing health and care services, embed prevention and community wellbeing into a new sustainable model for the future, and act as a crucible for change and regeneration of the wider area.

There is no evidence based “Theory of Change” available able to frame the broad outcomes of a change programme as ambition as this. It encompasses all the Wellbeing of Future Generation Goals and ways of working, as other major service redesign programmes have, but not on this scale in a new build facility across this range of services and sectors.

The ambitious wellbeing outcomes map across health and care, regeneration, economic environment, education opportunity, social inclusion, arts and culture development etc. The drivers and interventions are therefore both wide ranging and complex.

This proposal is therefore a unique opportunity for an Masters by Research student to work across all stakeholders to develop an understanding and map the expected outcomes; define the interventions required; establish the evidence and return on investment assumptions behind interventions; and then to set out an outcomes framework to guide the whole programme and enable it to be robustly evaluated.

Its value to stakeholders is its promise to provide assurance that their own and collective goals for the programme will be monitored and met. 

To build this theory of change requires a student to use a mixed methodology including scoping review; assessment of evidence-based practice; stakeholder engagement; workshop facilitation; and synthesis of complex data across sectors and systems.

It is a unique opportunity to produce research with national significance.

Start date: 01/04/2020

Project Supervisors:

The successful applicant will be supervised by Dr Mary Lynch and Dr Ned Hartfiel at the School of Health Sciences and Mrs Mair Edwards, community initiatives manager for Grŵp Cynefin as the Company supervisor.

Interested applicants who wish to discuss the role further can contact Dr Mary Lynch via email (m.lynch@bangor.ac.uk).

Applications should include a CV with two named referees and a covering letter via email to Dr Lynch (m.lynch@bangor.ac.uk) and cc to Penny Dowdney (p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk) by 17:00 on 10/02/20.

We welcome applications in either English or Welsh.

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in the Convergence Area of Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification. 

3. KESS 2 East PhD Scholarship:

Understanding the influence of wood species on resin modification and property enhancement in resin-modified wood

The BioComposites Centre, Bangor University

Project ID: BUK2E028

Annual Stipend: £14,483

Application Deadline: 3rd January 2020

This project will investigate chemical and physical parameters affecting the treatment of timber with a resin system to enhance performance and durability.

Wood modification is an emerging field, offering an alternative to chemical preservative treatments, and creating a new generation of timber products for advanced applications. Lignia Wood Company have developed a process to create timbers that behave like hardwoods, using a fast-growing, renewable sustainable softwood.

This project will investigate options for expanding the range of timbers used in this process, understanding chemical effects of the wood on curing reactions, effect of resin characteristics on impregnation and reactivity, and investigate the effect of temperature and other parameters on processing rate. It would suit a candidate with a keen interest in chemistry, materials science or physics. A degree in chemistry or wood science is preferred, but any relevant science degree will be considered, and training to cover knowledge gaps can be made available.

PhD supervisors in Bangor University (Dr Morwenna Spear, Dr Graham Ormondroyd) and at Lignia (Dr Andrew Pitman) are all experienced in supervising PhD candidates in the field of wood science and bio-based materials. Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact Dr Spear (m.j.spear@bangor.ac.uk) or Dr Ormondroyd (g.ormondroyd@bangor.ac.uk) to discuss the project.

The expected start date is January 2020, or sooner.

Project outline

It is expected that three main phases of work are required for this project. The first considers the chemical characteristics of the wood – buffer capacity, extractives, as well as the physical (microscopic) aspects such as cell structure, flow pathways. A selection of timbers will be considered, including Welsh grown species, to assess potential for use with the existing resin systems. The second phase of the project will address changes in resin chemistry and properties (including molecular weight, pH, catalysis, stability, water tolerance, viscosity) which may enhance performance when used in treating the selected new timber species. Physical and chemical methods will be used to evaluate resin cure, and the effect of timber on cure rate in the conditions used in the industrial process. Effects of cure rate and reaction condition on other properties will be studied, these include location within the wood cell wall, mechanical properties of the cured resin, e.g. toughness or brittleness, resulting properties of the treated wood. Phase three of the project will involve working with Lignia to produce larger samples of timber suitable for full range of mechanical and physical properties determination.

To apply please send a CV and covering letter to Dr Spear (m.j.spear@bangor.ac.uk) and cc to Penny Dowdney (p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk).

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for East Wales.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in East Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification. 

4. KESS 2 East PhD Scholarship:

Determining the potential for precision grazing to improve the resilience of livestock production systems

School of Natural Sciences, Bangor University

Project ID: BUK2E017

Annual Stipend: £14,483

Application Deadline: January 20th. 2020.

Applications are invited for a three-year research PhD studentship in improving the economic and environmental performance of pasture-based livestock production systems through better utilisation of grass. The studentship is funded by the Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships East (KESS 2 East) (www.kess2.ac.uk ) in collaboration with Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC). It will cover tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend, as well as a travel budget for workshop and conference attendance. The studentship is available from February 2020.

Grass has been shown to be the cheapest feed to provide ruminant systems and has the least environmental impacts. However, there remains huge variability in the quantity, quality and utilisation of grass grown on farms, much of which is down to management. This ‘lost’ feed has to be replaced with imported soya or grain, which increases the economic and environmental burden of production systems. Indeed, studies estimate that 50% of grass grown on UK farms is wasted, which has implications for nutrient use and greenhouse gas emissions. The impacts of different grazing systems on the efficiency of pasture production, however, is profound. Some systems (e.g. rotational grazing) have been shown to utilise 60-70% of grass grown, whilst the newer ‘cell grazing’ systems purportedly utilise 90% of grass grown. Such difference would have hugely significant implications for both the environmental footprint and cost of meat production. Furthermore, it would allow production of an equal (or greater) quantity per hectare of land, meaning that poorer quality land could be used to ‘offset’ emissions, e.g. through the planting of trees (i.e. the principle of sustainable intensification). 

Using a cluster of study sites, this project will determine the economic (e.g. feed purchased) and environmental (e.g. fertiliser application rates) cost-benefits of different grazing systems for lamb and beef production systems. The findings will be used at different levels to generate novel outputs:

  • The economic and environmental ramifications of improved grassland utilisation for livestock systems will be estimated at the farm scale;

  • The results will then be scaled up to the national level, evaluating the net effect on Welsh GHG emissions and the resilience and economic performance of livestock farms;

  • Lastly, the potential of such grazing management to attract further funds in terms of payment for ecosystem services will be assessed using a model upland and lowland farm.

HCC (https://hccmpw.org.uk/en) is the red meat levy board in Wales, within its remit is the funding of research that will reduce the environmental footprint of red meat production; which it views as both a major challenge and opportunity for the sector in Wales. Key to this is the efficient utilisation of home-grown forage; which will also bring significant economic benefit to the sector.

This is one of four PhD studentships we are currently advertising as a partnership with HCC; the others being:

  • Strategies to reach zero carbon sheep and beef production on Welsh farms

  • Strategies for meeting targets for ammonia emissions and nitrate leaching reduction for Welsh beef and sheep farms

  • Integrated guidance for meeting environmental targets while maintaining profitability for the sheep and beef sectors in Wales 

Applicants should hold a first or upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in agriculture, economics, environmental science or a related degree. Experience of modelling or programming is desirable.

Bangor Supervisors: Prysor Williams (prysor.williams@bangor.ac.uk) & James Gibbons (j.gibbons@bangor.ac.uk)

External supervisor: Dr Jordana Rivero Viera (Rothamsted Research)  

For informal enquiries, please contact Prysor Williams or James Gibbons

Closing Date: January 20th. 2020. 

To apply : Please send a CV and covering letter to : Prysor Williams (prysor.williams@bangor.ac.uk) & James Gibbons (j.gibbons@bangor.ac.uk) , and cc to Penny Dowdney (p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk). 

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships East (KESS 2 East) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for East Wales. 

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in East Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification. 

5. KESS 2 East PhD Scholarship:

Strategies for meeting targets for ammonia emissions and nitrate leaching reduction for Welsh beef and sheep farms

School of Natural Sciences, Bangor University

Project ID: BUKE031

Annual Stipend: £14,483

Application Deadline: January 20th. 2020.

Applications are invited for a three-year research PhD studentship that focuses on strategies for reducing ammonia emissions and nitrate leaching for Welsh beef and sheep farms. The studentship is funded by the Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) (www.kess2.ac.uk) in collaboration with Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC). It will cover tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend, as well as a travel budget for workshop and conference attendance. The studentship is available from February 2020.

The red meat sector is under considerable pressure from consumers and legislators to reduce its environmental impacts. In the UK, livestock systems represent the biggest source (>85%) of ammonia (NH3) emissions; the figure is likely to be at least as high in Wales, given the preponderance of such systems. Livestock-associated emissions of ammonia emanate from manure management (storage and spreading), livestock housing, urine/dung deposition by grazing livestock, and application of urea-based fertilisers. Given the linkage between ammonia concentrations and poor air quality (with subsequent impacts on human health, such as respiratory diseases), there is mounting pressure on the livestock sector to reduce such emissions, especially since the recent announcement of the UK Clean Air Strategy. In parallel, there will be a pan-Wales implementation of regulations focussed on reducing nutrient pollution in 2020, where it is expected that restrictions will be placed on the amount of livestock-derived resources that are high in readily-available nitrogen (e.g. slurries) that can be applied to land, and of stocking rates, similar to the current requirements within areas designated as Nitrate Vulnerable Zones. 

Running in parallel with “zero carbon emissions” studentship, the project will use data from the same study farms, focussing specifically on the use of fertilisers and livestock resources. It will take into account the influence of potential NH3 emission and nitrate leaching mitigation strategies, including covering of slurry stores, use of different spreading methods (e.g. splash-plate v low-trajectory application of slurries), application rates and timing, fertiliser types and livestock stocking rates. Importantly, the project will assess potential co-benefits and unintended consequences of mitigation strategies for both NH3 emissions and nitrate leaching. For example, where strategic planting of buffer strips is implemented as a measure to reduce nitrate transport to watercourses, the impacts of this on greenhouse gas emissions, microbial transport, and biodiversity will be estimated. The project will also assess impacts on productivity and the exporting of production to countries where nitrogen pollution is a bigger issue. The wider implications of these mitigation strategies will be assessed via the development of a specific nutrient footprinting tool for beef and sheep farming systems, based on consequential lifecycle assessment methodology. Adopting such an approach for NH3 emissions, as opposed to greenhouse gases, will bring significant value and novelty to the studentship.

HCC is the red meat levy board in Wales (https://hccmpw.org.uk/en), within its remit is the funding of research that will reduce the environmental footprint of red meat production; which it views as both a major challenge and opportunity for the sector in Wales.

This is one of four PhD studentships we are currently advertising as a partnership with HCC; the others being:

  • Strategies to reach zero carbon sheep and beef production on Welsh farms

  • Integrated guidance for meeting environmental targets while maintaining profitability for the sheep and beef sectors in Wales

  • Determining the potential for precision grazing to improve the resilience of livestock production systems

Applicants should hold a first or upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in agriculture, economics, environmental science or a related degree. Experience of modelling or programming is desirable.

Bangor Supervisors: Dave Chadwick (d.chadwick@bangor.ac.uk) & Prysor Williams (prysor.williams@bangor.ac.uk)

External supervisor: Professor Tom Misselbrook (Rothamsted Research)

For informal enquiries, please contact Dave Chadwick or Prysor Williams

Closing Date: January 20th. 2020. 

To apply : Please send a CV and covering letter to : Dave Chadwick (d.chadwick@bangor.ac.uk) & Prysor Williams (prysor.williams@bangor.ac.uk), and cc Penny Dowdney (p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk). 

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships East (KESS 2 East) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for East Wales. 

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in East Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification.  

6. KESS 2 East PhD Scholarship:

Meeting environmental targets while maintaining profitability for the sheep and beef sectors in Wales

School of Natural Sciences, Bangor University

Project ID: BUK2E032

Annual Stipend: £14,483

Application Deadline: January 20th. 2020.

Applications are invited for a three-year research PhD studentship in developing integrated environmental and economic guidance for livestock farmers. The studentship is funded by the Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2 East) ( www.kess2.ac.uk ) in collaboration with Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC). It will cover tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend, as well as a travel budget for workshop and conference attendance. The studentship is available from February 2020.

The UK livestock sector is challenged by enhanced environmental targets that will inevitably influence farm management options in the future. Given the increasing consumer demand for red meat produced in an environmentally sustainable way, there is also likely to be considerable pressure for producers to demonstrate that such issues are at the heart of their businesses (e.g. as an obligation of contracts with processors). However, this is likely to provide a challenge for many in the sector, and there is likely to be a need for a system or tool to facilitate this transition. This studentship will develop an integrated and Welsh specific tool for assessing how on-farm management options influences the environmental and economic performance of businesses, addressing the following objectives:

  • Integration of detailed economic and environmental data at the farm level

  • Modelling the environmental and economic effect of farm management practices and policies

  • Scaling up the results from farm to national level

  • Through collaboration with farmers and HCC, provide the results in a way that can be understood and used by farmers

HCC (https://hccmpw.org.uk/en) is the red meat levy board in Wales, within its remit is the funding of research that will reduce the environmental footprint of red meat production; which it views as both a major challenge and opportunity for the sector in Wales.

The project will develop an integrated model to allow assessment of the complex environmental and financial impacts of interacting management decisions and allow the identification of reliable measures of successful outcomes. The student will work with farmers and HCC to assess the barriers and opportunities from using such a tool, to optimise the user-friendliness of e-tools, and to develop an appropriate user guide. The tool will help farmers optimise their management strategies to achieve reductions in greenhouse gases, ammonia and water use, in a way that does not compromise profitability. An annual assessment will indicate the extent those farm businesses are improving their economic and environmental performance.

This is one of four PhD studentships we are currently advertising as a partnership with HCC; the others being:

  • Strategies to reach zero carbon sheep and beef production on Welsh farms

  • Strategies for meeting targets for ammonia emissions and nitrate leaching reduction for Welsh beef and sheep farms

  • Determining the potential for precision grazing to improve the resilience of livestock production systems

Applicants should hold a first or upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in agriculture, economics, environmental science or a related degree. Experience of modelling or programming is desirable.

Bangor Supervisors: James Gibbons (j.gibbons@bangor.ac.uk) & Prysor Williams (prysor.williams@bangor.ac.uk)

External supervisor: Professor Mike Lee (Rothamsted Research)

For informal enquiries, please contact James Gibbons or Prysor Williams

Closing Date: January 20th. 2020

To apply : please send a CV and covering letter to James Gibbons (j.gibbons@bangor.ac.uk) & Prysor Williams (prysor.williams@bangor.ac.uk) , cc to Penny Dowdney (p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk).

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships East (KESS 2 East) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for East Wales.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in East Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification. 

7. KESS 2 East PhD Scholarship:

Strategies to reach zero carbon sheep and beef production on Welsh farms

School of Natural Sciences, Bangor University

Project ID: BUKE030

Annual Stipend: £14,483

Application Deadline: January 20th. 2020.

Applications are invited for a three-year research PhD studentship that focuses on strategies to reach zero carbon beef and sheep production in Wales. The studentship is funded by the Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships East (KESS 2 East) (www.kess2.ac.uk) in collaboration with Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC). It will cover tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend, as well as a travel budget for workshop and conference attendance. The studentship is available from February 2020.

The red meat sector is under considerable pressure from consumers and legislators to reduce its environmental impacts. For instance, the Welsh Government has committed to a 95% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (based on 1990 levels) by 2050, and the agricultural sector has been allocated interim targets that have to be met within the carbon budget. Indeed, as the UK has pledged to be net carbon neutral by 2050, there has been much discussion about the potential for zero carbon beef and sheep production.

As the red meat sector is challenged to move towards carbon neutrality, there is an urgent need to better quantify the opportunities for GHG abatement via off-setting or sequestration, as well as determine the wider environmental cost-benefits. This project will use a consequential Life Cycle Assessment (cLCA) approach that integrates best available data to calculate: (i) environmental footprints of Welsh livestock production; (ii) the environmental balance of different pathways of sustainable intensification, considering possible displacement of emissions outside of Wales depending on production changes and the international demand for livestock products under socio-economic scenarios defined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

HCC is the red meat levy board in Wales (https://hccmpw.org.uk/en), within its remit is the funding of research that will reduce the environmental footprint of red meat production; which it views as both a major challenge and opportunity for the sector in Wales.

Through close collaboration with HCC, the project will involve annual gathering of data via a combination of face-to-face meetings and self-reported information on representative farms across Wales.  Farms will be chosen that are typical of the lamb and beef production systems that Wales (and indeed much of Western Europe) has (e.g. upland/ lowland, large/ small, in different climatic regions). This will allow us to extrapolate the results to the national scale and ‘map’ the findings onto the new HCC Environmental Roadmap.

The project will evaluate the effects of mitigation strategies on productivity, expressing results via the conventional GHG/unit product and per ha, but also via new metrics and in relation to alternative functional units, e.g. to consider GHG emissions per unit protein, or per nutrient density unit. This will allow us to model pathways of sustainable intensification towards net-zero-carbon pasture-based systems.

Finally, recent studies have proposed the use of alternative metrics to the conventional GWP100 metric for aggregation of GHGs in order to represent “climate neutrality”. In particular, the GWP* method represents the short residence time of CH4 in the atmosphere differently from the long-lived GHGs CO2 and N2O, with important implications for the “climate neutral” emissions balance. The project will explore application of the GWP* metric alongside the GWP100 metric for defining climate-neutral pathways of Welsh livestock production.    

This is one of four PhD studentships we are currently advertising as a partnership with HCC; the others being:

  • Strategies for meeting targets for ammonia emissions and nitrate leaching reduction for Welsh beef and sheep farms

  • Integrated guidance for meeting environmental targets while maintaining profitability for the sheep and beef sectors in Wales

  • Determining the potential for precision grazing to improve the resilience of livestock production systems

Applicants should hold a first or upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in agriculture, economics, environmental science or a related degree. Experience of modelling or programming is desirable.

Bangor Supervisors: Dave Chadwick (d.chadwick@bangor.ac.uk) & Dave Styles (d.styles@bangor.ac.uk)

External supervisor: Professor Bob Rees (SRUC)

For informal enquiries, please contact Dave Chadwick or Dave Styles

Closing Date: January 20th. 2020.

To apply : Please send a CV and covering letter to Dave Chadwick (d.chadwick@bangor.ac.uk) & Dave Styles (d.styles@bangor.ac.uk) and cc to Penny Dowdney (p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk).

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships East (KESS 2 East) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for East Wales.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in East Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification. 

8. KESS 2 East PhD Scholarship:

Digital Health Solutions for medication adherence support

Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation, School of Health Sciences and Aparito Ltd.

Project ID: BUKE027

Annual Stipend: £14,483

Application Deadline: 9am on the 2nd December, 2019

Project Description:

Medication non-adherence is highly prevalent, especially in older patients who often have multi-morbidity. Over a half of patients discontinue their chronic medication on their own initiative within the first year after treatment initiation. Patients who do not adhere fully to their prescribed medication are at higher risk of experiencing a poor clinical outcome, while good adherence to medications is associated with lower mortality. The high prevalence of non-adherence and its detrimental impact on outcome points towards an urgent need for effective interventions. However, the quality of the evidence to support interventions to improve medication adherences is variable. A Cochrane review identified 36 out of 81 randomised controlled trials conducted in a range of chronic illnesses were able to show an effect on adherence, while only 25 were also able to improve health outcomes, leading the authors to conclude that methods of improving adherence for chronic diseases are not very effective.

The problem of non-adherence is often multifactorial. The World Health Organisation identified five dimensions that contribute to non-adherence; namely, socioeconomic factors, health care team and system-related factors, and factors related to the condition(s), treatment(s), and patient. Evidence suggests that educating patients about their disease and treatment alone will not necessarily result in good adherence. However, one potential approach, for which there is some evidence of benefit in terms of knowledge, social support, and behavioural outcomes, as well as a small impact on clinical outcomes, is the use of mobile health (mHealth) technologies. mHealth is defined as the interaction of a person with (or through) an electronic device or communication technology,  to access or transmit health information and to receive guidance (or support) on a health issue. mHealth technology is used increasingly as a modern way to support patients, however, reviews of existing evidence conclude that mHealth-based self-management interventions require more rigorous evaluation. This studentship aims to develop and test an mHealth intervention aimed to improve older patients’ adherence to direct-acting oral anti-coagulants (e.g., apixaban, dabigatran, edoxaban and rivaroxaban).

The successful candidate will be supervised at Bangor University by Professor Dyfrig Hughes and Dr Emily Holmes; and at Aparito by Dr Elin Haf Davies. Further details of the Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation are available from: https://cheme.bangor.ac.uk and of Aparito from: https://www.aparito.com

Applicants are invited to submit their curriculum vitae together with a cover letter, and an outline (of no more than 500 words) on “Harnessing mHealth technology to improve medication adherence”, to Dyfrig Hughes (E-mail: d.a.hughes@bangor.ac.uk), cc’d to Penny Dowdney (p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk),  no later than 9am on the 2nd December, 2019.

KESS 2 East is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for East Wales.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in East Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification. 

9.KESS 2 East PhD Scholarship:

The Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics of higher delta-plain carboniferous swamps

School of Natural Sciences, Bangor University

Project ID: BUK2E026

Annual Stipend: £14,483

Application Deadline: 20th December 2019

This a unique opportunity to conduct evolutionary and paleoecological research on one of the UK's most well-preserved fossil forests at Brymbo, Wrexham. Studying a diverse array of micro- and macrofossils at the site will allow us to investigate ecological and evolutionary change in a carboniferous swamp over 40,000 years of geologic history. The successful applicant will develop a thesis investigating how the ecological and biological evolution of higher delta-plain carboniferous swamps differ from other contemporaneous and current analogous environments and what are the implications for global environmental patterns during the late carboniferous? While the evolution of lower-delta and alluvial coal-swamps are well studied, higher-delta ecosystems of similar ages are less well preserved and studied. The flora, fauna and sediments preserved within the Brymbo Fossil Forest present an excellent opportunity for us to expand our knowledge of local and global ecosystem dynamics during this important period in the evolution of the planetary biosphere. Understanding how organisms respond to local and global shifts in environmental conditions, both gradual and rapid, will help us understand how the modern biosphere may react to the contemporary, anthropogenically-induced climate crisis. The combination of types of preservation at the site captures both gradual changes in community composition over tens of thousands of years (coal seams and associated strata) and exceptional preservation of a community at a single point in time. Furthermore, preservation of coalified bark on lycopod trunks and exceptional preservation of tissues allows us to address fundamental questions about the types of photosynthetic pathways exploited by extinct lycopods - a controversial topic with significant implications for our understanding of coal sequestration. The successful applicant will acquire skills in contemporary analytical techniques, sedimentology, palynology, palaeobotany, palaeoecology and palaeobiology as well as science communication, fieldwork, project management and integrative techniques. 

The project will be supervised by Dr Alex Papadopulos (Bangor University; http://labadopulos.co.uk; evolution, speciation and adaptation in plants), Dr Tim Astrop (Brymbo Heritage Trust; palaeobiology & evolution) and Prof. Si Creer (Bangor University; Pollen/molecular ecology). The student will be hosted in the vibrant Molecular Ecology and Fisheries Genetics Laboratory in Bangor (http://mefgl.bangor.ac.uk/index.php.en) and will spend substantial portions of their time working with Dr Astrop's team on site with the unique and exciting Brymbo Fossil Forest Project (http://bff.news.blog).

Expected start date is 20th January 2020.

To apply please send a CV and covering letter to Dr Alex Papadopulos  (a.papadopulos@bangor.ac.uk), cc to Penny Dowdney (p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk).

KESS 2 East is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for East Wales.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in East Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification. 

10. KESS 2 East PhD Scholarship:

The effect of managed honeybees on wild pollinator networks

School of Natural Sciences, Bangor University, Wales

Project ID: BUK2E024

Annual Stipend: £14,483

Application Deadline: 30 November 2019

Increasing interest in beekeeping using the western honeybee Apis mellifera has led to concerns that managed bees may negatively affect wild pollinators (including other wild bees, flies, butterflies, moths, beetles and hemipterans). This could occur through competition for floral and nesting resources, changes in plant communities, including the spread of exotic plants and decline of native plants, and/or cross-species transmission of pathogens. Few studies have examined direct effects on fitness, abundance and diversity of wild pollinators and native plants, instead reporting potential for impact. Even fewer studies have compared pollinator networks in the absence vs. presence of honeybees due to the difficulty of ensuring that no honeybees are present, as they can forage over long distances from the hive. This project benefits from the involvement of Bodorgan Estate, the largest estate on the Isle of Anglesey, flanked by two large SSSI’s (Aberffraw Dunes and Malltraeth Estuary/Newborough Dunes) to north and south and the sea to the west.

Using a combination of novel techniques (eDNA metabarcoding and automated drone-tracking) this study will address a number of critical pollination questions. Does competition with honeybees for floral resources (nectar and pollen) induce changes in wild bee floral use and niche breadth (e.g., time spent foraging, species visited, pollen vs. nectar collection, distance travelled from nest)? Do honeybees enhance seed set of crop and native wildflower plants through complementarity, or detrimentally affect it through exclusion of other pollinators? What is the evidence that floral resources are limiting (ie. what proportion of pollen and nectar resources are consumed in the absence of honeybees and does this change in their presence)? Do managed bees transmit infectious agents (particularly ssRNA viruses, which are known to infect a variety of arthropods) to wild hymenopteran and non-hymenopteran pollinators via contaminated pollen, faeces, or contact on shared foraging resources?

Honeybee introduction may represent a way to improve pollinator-dependent crop yields in a sustainable manner. This study will provide an increased understanding of the extent to which pollinator diversity functions synergistically in the presence or absence of honeybees, and will have far-reaching implications for land management decisions for agriculture and wildlife conservation.

To express an interest, please contact a.malhotra@bangor.ac.uk or paul.cross@bangor.ac.uk in the first instance by the end of November. To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to a.malhotra@bangor.ac.uk cc to p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk.

Interviews are likely to be held in mid-December. In order to maximise the available field seasons (roughly March/April to September/October), we wish to start this PhD scholarship by the end of January 2020.

Please note that due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in East Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification.

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships East (KESS 2 East) is a pan-Wales higher-level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for East Wales.

11. KESS 2 East PhD Scholarship:

DNA Repair/Nutrient Sensing

Bangor University, School of Medical Sciences

Project ID:  BUK2E019

Annual Stipend: £14,483

Application Deadline: 10th. November 2019

Genome integrity is threatened by exogenous and endogenous sources of DNA damage, and DNA repair systems therefore form a crucial barrier to tumour formation. DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) cause chromosomal rearrangements and cell death, and as such the capacity to repair DSBs caused by therapeutic radiation or treatment with DNA-damaging chemotherapies is a major determinant of cancer cell survival and patient outcome. Recently, research has focused on the development of novel strategies to sensitise cancer cells to chemotherapy, and the implementation of novel personalised medicine approaches to improve patient outcomes.
Cancers adapt to grow in adverse conditions such as nutrient and oxygen-poor environments, sensing nutrients such as amino acids through the oncogenic kinase mTORC1, which coordinates nutrient status with growth and metabolism. Small molecule inhibitors of both mTOR and DNA repair enzymes are currently in clinical trials for the treatment of multiple cancers. There is considerable established interplay between components of cellular nutrient sensing and DNA repair mechanisms, although the significance of these associations remains unclear.
We identified a novel protein complex with dual roles in regulation of both DNA repair and mTORC1-dependent nutrient sensing, and we hypothesize that this complex acts as a signalling hub to integrate these two essential processes.
The successful student will work in Dr Chris Staples’ UKRI-funded laboratory to generate CRISPR-Cas9 knockout cell lines lacking members of this important new protein complex. They will then analyse the nutrient sensing and DNA repair capacity of the null lines generated, employing confocal microscopy and proteomic approaches to uncover the relevant molecular mechanisms.
The closing date is 10th November. The expected start date is January 2020.

To apply please send a CV and covering letter to Dr Chris Staples at c.staples@bangor.ac.uk , cc to Penny Dowdney p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk

Dr Staples is also happy to discuss the project informally at any time (c.staples@bangor.ac.uk)
Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships East is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for East Wales.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be an EU national and resident in East Wales (Flintshire, Wrexham, Powys, Monmouthshire, The Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Newport) on University registration, and must also have the right to work in the region on qualification. 

12. KESS2 Masters by Research Scholarship :

Arts in Care Settings: Embedding the cARTrefu Approach in the Social Care Sector

Bangor University, School of Health Sciences

Project ID: BUK2199

Annual Stipend: £11,586

Application Deadline: 25th November 2019

We are seeking a highly capable and motivated graduate for this exciting opportunity to undertake a fully funded, full-time one-year programme of research and associated training and gain a Masters in Research (MRes). This is a collaborative project between DSDC Wales Research Centre and Age Cymru’s cARTrefu programme. The starting date is 1st February 2020.

cARTrefu is an arts in care settings programme which has been led by Age Cymru and funded by the Arts Council of Wales and Baring Foundation since 2015. cARTrefu delivers bespoke art residencies in care homes across Wales.  It aims to improve residents' experience of participatory arts activities and enhance their overall sense of wellbeing. The programme also seeks to develop artists' professional practice through the opportunity to work with groups of people with whom they may have little past experience and to facilitate the acquisition of new skills, and confidence in sharing these by care home staff.

This KESS 2 project will engage various stakeholders across Wales in Social Care Innovation Labs to explore the ways in which the cARTrefu programme supports older people living with dementia, in care home settings, to achieve personal wellbeing outcomes. It shall explore:

  • Aspects of the programme that are most appreciated (i.e. residencies, care staff training, or cARTrefu Activity Plans).

  • Aspects of the programme that present challenges and how these might be addressed going forward.

  • Ways of securing buy-in to ensure the long-term sustainability of the programme.

The project will take a mixed methods approach and will involve collecting data from stakeholders across Wales. It will involve:

  • Conducting a Rapid Review to identify different models of sustainability across the social care sector and how these might be applied to the creative arts field.

  • Running three Social Care Innovation Labs in North, Mid, and South Wales with stakeholders from across social care and arts disciplines.

  • Conducting face-to-face, telephone, or Skype qualitative interviews with a chosen sample of up to 10 strategic level staff to explore key themes relating to sustainability, commissioning, upscaling, and embedding the cARTrefu approach.

Research findings and recommendations will enable Age Cymru to explore ways of embedding the cARTrefu approach within the social care sector as a way of meeting the well-being needs of care home residents who are living with dementia.

The full time 1 year studentship (theses must be submitted a maximum of 3 months after the funded one year study period) includes a tax-free maintenance stipend of £11,586 paid over 12 months, with full-time fees paid and additional allowances.  A requirement of the studentship is a 30-day placement with the partner company (Age Cymru), during the period of the project.  The achievement of a Postgraduate Skills Development Award (PSDA) is compulsory.

Qualifications and experience requirements for successful applicant.  The prospective applicant should have a minimum of a 1st or good 2:1 in a relevant degree (e.g. health and social care, psychology, business), and be available to take up the studentship on the 1st February 2020. It is desirable that he/she can communicate effectively though the mediums of both Welsh and English.

The student will be based in the School of Health Sciences at Bangor University, which offers a dynamic and exciting research environment. He or she will also work closely with Sarah Lord and Kelly Barr as well as other members of the cARTrefu / Age Cymru team. 

Informal inquiries about the project should be made to the project supervisors:

Diane Seddon, Reader in Social Care, School of Health Sciences, Bangor University (d.seddon@bangor.ac.uk; telephone 01248 388 220)

Kat Algar-Skaife, Research Officer, DSDC Wales Research Centre, Ageing & Dementia @ Bangor, School of Health Sciences, Bangor University (k.algar@bangor.ac.uk; telephone 01248 382226)

How to apply: Send a covering letter indicating why you think you would be a good candidate for this project, together with a CV to Dr Kat Algar-Skaife (k.algar@bangor.ac.uk) and cc to Penny Dowdney (p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk)  by 5pm, 25th November 2019. In the case of applicants who have not yet been awarded their degree, please include your predicted degree classification and a reference from your dissertation supervisor. Interviews will be held in the week commencing 9th December.

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in the Convergence Area of Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification. 

13.KESS2 Masters by Research Scholarship :

Developing a conversation about identifying community needs to embrace well-being through social prescribing interventions.

School of Health Sciences, Bangor University

Project ID: BUK2201

Annual Stipend: £11,586

Each KESS study also includes a Postgraduate Skills Development Award and a generous travel and equipment allowance.

Application Deadline: 22/11/2019.

The NHS faces increasing pressure on resources as a result of an ageing population with chronic illnesses and complex issues as well as health inequalities. In primary care GPs spend almost a fifth of their time on social issues which don’t directly relate to the health of the patient eg financial difficulties, social isolation. GPs may not be in a position to are often assist patients with their social issues and evidence is emerging that holistic approaches linking social care to primary care may be cost effective in supporting patient’s needs. Social Prescribing (SP) can help patients through referring them to non-clinical services which promote health and well-being, boosts social inclusion and builds resilience through the development of social capital and build of community capacity. SP interventions may help reduce healthcare use to promote system sustainability and prevent unnecessary medicalisation of physical or mental health conditions. The beneficiaries of targeted schemes include the elderly, carers, or those with housing difficulties. Grŵp Cynefin would like to expand and offer SP interventions through the new community health and wellbeing hub within the Nantlle Valley community but need to identify the community appetite to embrace wellbeing improvements through co-design.

This Masters by research project will enable the organisations to identify key SP projects and interventions that will meet the needs of the community, improving wellbeing and increase opportunities for employment and skills development all leading to improved health and wellbeing among the community. Central to delivering this vision of this new community health and wellbeing hub is understanding the barriers and opportunities through co-design of delivery of SP interventions in meeting community needs and delivering changes in health and wellbeing outcomes among the community.

This Masters by Research project will take a mixed method approach and a scoping review of the literature will be done to examine the evidence on community wellbeing through co-design development of SP interventions addressing community needs leading to improved health and wellbeing outcomes. This project will provide tangible evidence on the specific SP intervention programmes required within the Nantlle valley community and provide valuable insight on specific projects and interventions that will increase health and wellbeing among this community. This project will establish the need for a new community health and wellbeing hub within the community to embrace wellbeing in provision of improved outcomes for the community who often have complex issues and needs. In addition, this research project should establish current SP projects as well as

provide guidance on new SP projects that will meet community needs and promote wellbeing in the community for SP interventions.

Successful candidates will need to be able to demonstrate excellent communication and organisational skills with experience in successfully managing projects and preparing written reports to a high standard. The expertise within both the academic and company supervisors will ensure that the successful applicant will receive excellent support and guidance within a dynamic and experienced team.

Start date: 01/02/2020

Project Supervisors:

The successful applicant will be supervised by Dr Mary Lynch and Dr Ned Hartfiel at the School of Health Sciences and Mrs Mair Edwards, community initiatives manager for Grŵp Cynefin as the Company supervisor.

Interested applicants who wish to discuss the role further can contact Dr Mary Lynch via email (m.lynch@bangor.ac.uk).

Applications should include a CV with two named referees and a covering letter via email to Dr Lynch cc to Penny Dowdney (p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk) by 17:00 on 22/11/2019. We welcome applications in either English or Welsh.

The successful applicant will be required to start on the 01/02/2020.

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in the Convergence Area of Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification.

14. KESS 2 East PhD Scholarship:

Exploring the public's value of access to local leisure facilities.

School of Health Sciences, Bangor University.

Project ID: BUK2E016

Annual Stipend: £14,483

Application Deadline: 22/11/2019.

The Welsh population is projected to increase to 3.28 million by 2039 and those aged 65 years and over will increase by 44% (Welsh Government, 2015). This change in population characteristics will impact on the allocation of scarce resources among an aging population with complex care conditions associated with lifestyle choices. Tacking lifestyle behaviours while addressing health inequalities to improve health and quality of life across life span is fraught with challenges. In Wales, health inequalities identified a difference in health life expectancy of eighteen years between areas of low and high deprivation which is not improving (Public Health Wales Observatory, 2016). The goal of this research is to explore adherence levels to physical activity and establish participants WTP for leisure facility membership post completion of 16 ERS programme.

Findings will aid in translating health economics research to appraise leisure pricing membership and establish marginal WTP for ongoing membership. In addition, the project will identify adherence levels post intervention and identify if participants adopt healthier lifestyles yielding health benefits and improved quality of life. This project would provide sound knowledge therefore increasing insight on choice and preference behaviour intelligence. In Wales, 59% of the Welsh population are either overweight or obese with 30% of the population engaging in less than 30 minutes of physical activity per week (WAG, 2017). This research proposal will advance the principles of prudent healthcare of addressing the needs of those in need most as well as applying coproduction to explore equality and equity of health with level of deprivation. Reducing health inequalities is a key priority for the Welsh Government, (WAG, 2009) is fundamental to all public health policy development addressing health inequalities (WAG, 2011) and essential in regard to the projection of future health and wellbeing of the Welsh population (WAG, 2015).

This proposed PhD studentship will allow the candidate to develop research skills in the exciting field of public health and health economics and contribute to a new and emerging field of interest exploring the value of leisure to the public. This proposed project will estimate the value the public place on accessing and using local leisure facilities as well as adherence level for engaging in physical activity. This valuable insight on the value of accessing leisure facilities and services of Eirias Parc will allow key decision makers in Conwy County Borough Council to assess the costs and benefits of the provision of this valuable local resource.

Start date: 01/02/2020

Project Supervisors:

The successful applicant will be supervised by Dr Mary Lynch and Dr Elizabeth Mason at the School of Health Sciences and Mrs Marianne Jackson (Head of Community Development Service, Conwy Council) as the Company supervisor.

Interested applicants who wish to discuss the role further can contact Dr Mary Lynch via email (m.lynch@bangor.ac.uk).

Applications should include a CV with two named referees and a covering letter via email to Dr Lynch cc to Penny Dowdney (p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk) by 17:00 on 22/11/2019. We welcome applications in either English or Welsh.

The successful applicant will be required to start on the 01/02/2020.

Funding:

Funded by KESS 2 East. Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

This studentship consists of full UK/EU tuition fees at UK/EU rate, as well as a tax-free Doctoral Stipend starting at £14,483 p.a.

Each scholarship has an additional budget for travel, equipment/consumables and training to support your research. KESS 2 East PhD Scholarship holders do not pay fees.

Length: Full-time for 3 years. (Theses must be submitted 6 months after the funded three-year study period.)

Training: The achievement of a Postgraduate Skills Development Award (PSDA) is compulsory for each KESS 2 scholar (The PSDA is based on a 60-credit award, which is an additional award to the PhD).

KESS 2 East is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in East Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification.

15. KESS 2 East PhD Scholarship:

Adaptive strategies for the management of invertebrate pests in Wales

Bangor University, with Forest Research

Project ID: BUK2E009

Annual Stipend: £14,483

Application Deadline: November 15th. 2019

Invertebrate pests present distinct challenges to sustainable forest management. Recent issues have been caused in the UK by the arrival of species such as Asian longhorn beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) and European spruce bark beetle (Ips typographus), with other significant threats such as Emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) on the horizon. Achieving an effective management response to these, and other forest pests and diseases, is a high priority for the many land-management stakeholders involved: policy makers, practitioners and others. Social research to date has investigated tree health governance issues, outbreak policy and stakeholdership, however, little detail is known about the specific adaptive strategies adopted by land-managers in the UK in response to forest pests on their land.

Wales has a long legacy of dealing with invertebrate pests such as great spruce bark beetle (Dendroctonus micans) and green spruce aphid (Elatobium abietinum). It therefore provides an excellent opportunity to examine this adaptive management in detail over time, and generate a better understanding of how land-managers respond to the perceived threats and the concrete impacts of invertebrate pests.

This project will utilise in-depth interview, spatial analysis, literature and other documentary review (e.g. forest management plans; imagery), biological survey data, and practitioner workshops to record adaptive management actions taken in response to insect pests over time and in relation to the spatial heterogeneity of pest disturbance in the landscape. It will produce a framework of adaptive management strategies, that will inform future policy and support for affected land managers.

This is an opportunity to join a growing and vibrant team of postgraduates and staff at Bangor studying various aspects of forestry, agriculture, and land use, and in particular to contribute to the development of the Sir William Roberts Centre for Sustainable Land Use http://swrc.bangor.ac.uk/

Supervisors: Dr Norman Dandy, Bangor University (n.dandy@bangor.ac.uk), Dr Mariella Marzano (Forest Research), and Dr James Walmsley (Bangor University).

The project is expected to begin in January 2020, and continue for three years. To apply for this fully funded post please email a current CV and covering letter (2 A4 pages maximum) to n.dandy@bangor.ac.uk and cc to Penny Dowdney (p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk) by Friday 15th November 2020. 

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for East Wales.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in East Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification. 

16.KESS2 Masters by Research Scholarship :

Promoting children’s social, emotional and language competencies in the early years

Centre for Evidence Based Early Intervention, School of Psychology, Bangor University

Project ID: BUK2194

Annual Stipend: £11,586

Application Deadline: 15th November 2019

Children’s early years are extremely important in predicting their long term outcomes. The Centre for Evidence Based Early Intervention, in the School of Psychology, has been undertaking work with children, parents, teachers, health visitors nursery staff, foster carers and other early years practitioners for many years. Based on its work with children it has developed a range of resources to train and support parents and others working with children to develop skills to promote children’s language, social and emotional regulation and problem solving skills. These are the core skills that predict good academic outcomes.

This scholarship is linked to a number of projects that have been completed or are ongoing in the Centre. Whilst the details are not finalised it will contribute to our work to promote children’s language and social skills in preschool children. This can include book sharing with parents and work to develop the skills of parents, nursery staff and classroom support staff in promoting children’s social and emotional competencies through online training programmes. These programmes are based on the work of Professor Hutchings as described in her recently published Positive Parenting Handbook.

The successful candidate will be able to learn about the many strands of research within the centre. The thesis will provide an opportunity to explore relevant literature and to contribute to the development of programme materials and resources as well as to undertake a small evaluation involving the collection of questionnaire and observation based data as well as interview based qualitative data.

For further information on this scholarship please contact Professor Judy Hutchings (j.hutchings@bangor.ac.uk) or Dr Margiad Williams (m.williams@bangor.ac.uk Web:https://www.bangor.ac.uk/psychology/cebei/index.php.en

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to Professor Judy Hutchings (j.hutchings@bangor.ac.uk), cc to Penny Dowdney (p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk).

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in the Convergence Area of Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification.

17. KESS2 Masters by Research Scholarship :

Evaluating KiVa bullying prevention programme in a UK secondary school.

Centre for Evidence Based Early Intervention, School of Psychology, Bangor University

Project ID: BUK2191

Annual Stipend: £11,586

Application Deadline: 15th November 2019

This scholarship is linked to the Centre’s work on disseminating and evaluating the Finnish KiVa school based bullying prevention programme. Until now we have focused on introducing and evaluation the programme in primary schools and we have trained over 150 primary schools to deliver the programme. This project will evaluate the first UK implementation of the programme in a secondary school.

The Centre has been working with the KiVa programme since 2011 and undertaken and published two pilot trials. It currently leads on a large RCT across four areas of the UK in partnership with Cardiff, Warwick, Exeter and Oxford Universities evaluating its implementation in a trial involving 120 primary schools.

KiVa is a whole school programme with universal and targeted components. The universal components include an annual pupil survey, class lessons, online games and other components to make the programme visible within the school. The targeted component includes specific strategies to deal with confirmed bullying incidents.

Finnish Finnish Comprehensive schools cover the age range 7 – 15 and the lesson programme has three units for children aged 7 -9, 10 -12 and 13 – 15 years. Implementation in a UK secondary school requires some adaptation which can be explored.

The successful applicant will collect and analyse qualitative and quantitative data on programme implementation in a secondary school in Wales. For further information on this project contact Suzy Clarkson (s.clarkson@bangor.ac.uk) or Judy Hutchings (j.hutchings@bangor.ac.uk). To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to Judy Hutchings (j.hutchings@bangor.ac.uk), cc to Penny Dowdney (p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk).

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in the Convergence Area of Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualifiation

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