KESS 2 & KESS 2 East Scholarships

           

1. KESS 2 Masters by Research Scholarship: 

Exploring unscheduled care at night: the night owls project

Location : Bangor University, School of Health Sciences

Project ID: BUK2192

Annual Stipend: £11,586

Application Deadline: 1st September 2019

This project presents an exciting opportunity to complete a fully funded, full-time one year Masters by Research. The starting date is 31st October 2019.

Needing assistance or worrying about accessing care overnight is a key reason people enter residential care. Ynys Mon local authority have worked with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust to develop the Night Owls service. This service provides both scheduled and unscheduled care to Ynys Mon residents overnight. The Night Owls service is innovative and no directly comparable service exists in North Wales.

The project will take a mixed methods approach and will involve collecting data from individuals who have received unscheduled (i.e. unplanned) visits from the Night Owls service. It will involve:

  • Conducting a scoping review of research undertaken in the last five years

  • Analysing data routinely collected by the Night Owls service

  • Interviewing older adults who have received one or more unscheduled visits from the Night Owls service and conducting a thematic analysis of the interview data

  • Developing a questionnaire tool for the Night Owls service to collect future satisfaction and outcomes data

  • Conducting a small pilot of this questionnaire tool to ascertain its usability and acceptability

  • Holding a workshop with the Night Owls partner organisations at the end of the study to share the findings and to consider the next steps for researching and evaluating the service

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 for 12 months, with full-time fees paid and additional allowances.  A requirement of the studentship is a 30-day placement with the partner company (Ynys Mon Local Authority), during the period of the project.  The achievement of a Postgraduate Skills Development Award (PSDA) is compulsory for each KESS scholar.  More information on the studentship can be found at http://kess2.ac.uk/

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, and be available to take up the studentship on the 31st October 2019. It is desirable that he/she can communicate effectively though the mediums of both Welsh and English. A requirement of the post is that the person apply for DBS clearance as the research involves working with vulnerable adults.

The student will be based in the School of Healthcare Sciences at Bangor University, which offers a dynamic and exciting research environment. He or she will also work closely with Rachel Williams and Brian Jones as well as other members of Ynys Mon Local Authority.

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

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

Gill Toms, Research Development Officer, Wales School for Social Care Research, School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University (g.toms@bangor.ac.uk; telephone 01248 388 463)

To apply please send a CV and covering letter to Diane Seddon d.seddon@bangor.ac.uk and Gill Toms g.toms@bangor.ac.uk . Please cc 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. 

2. KESS 2 Masters by Research Scholarship: 

Exploring the impact of Domestic Violence Protection Notices on victims and perpetrators of domestic violence

 

Location : Bangor University, School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences (SHiPSS)

Project ID: BUK2197

Annual Stipend: £11,586

Application Deadline: August 30th. 2019

This project is designed to review North Wales Police’s use of Domestic Violence Protection Notices and Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPNs/DVPOs) in cases of domestic violence. In the past, police services have been criticised for their approach to domestic violence and significant changes to policing domestic violence incidents have been introduced. Nevertheless, some inherent difficulties in policing domestic violence remain. There is a considerable risk of serious harm to victims of domestic violence; victims of domestic violence may be uncertain about the appropriate course of action - i.e. supporting the police in the charging process - and fearful of the consequences - i.e. partners being convicted of a serious crime. DVPNs/DVPOs were rolled out across England and Wales in 2014. DVPNs/DVPOs are civil orders applied for by the police and issues by the courts to allow women to stay in their own home; and to allow the police to keep a victim safe by removing the perpetrator of domestic violence even against victim wishes. Thus, these notices/orders provide emergency victim protection through imposing non-molestation and eviction notices on suspected perpetrators of domestic violence. Of course, police service also have to weigh the consequences of imposing DVPNs/DVPOs on alleged perpetrators prior to a conviction and their rights - contact with children, access to own property, etc.

North Wales Police want to establish whether DVPNs/DVPOs are used effectively and appropriately and how they are received by victims and perpetrators of domestic violence; police officers, and other criminal justice stakeholders, such as Independent Domestic Abuse Advisers, Women's Aid, probation, and defence solicitors.

 The successful Masters by Research student will be involved in primary data collection including interviews with professionals involved in domestic violence cases and interviews with victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. The researchers will also review domestic violence court cases and analyse existing police data to map characteristics of DV cases in which DVPNs/DVPOs have been used and explore the impact of the use of DVPNs/DVPOs on repetition of victimisation, victim participation in court proceedings, criminal justice outcomes, etc.  Students will be involved in writing an interim and final report for use by North Wales Police and other criminal justice and voluntary sector stakeholders.

In order to apply, applicants should hold an undergraduate degree (BA (hons) at 2,1) in social sciences or related disciplines and be able to start the project on 16 September or as soon as possible thereafter. An excellent understanding of social sciences research methods and experience of primary data collection would be desirable – students will be encouraged to attend SHiPSS postgraduate research methods modules.

Please apply by sending your CV and a covering letter setting out why you are interested in this project and how this fits into your future career aspiration to: Dr Bethan Loftus, b.loftus@bangor.ac.uk, copied to Penny Dowdney, p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk and Martina Feilzer, m.feilzer@bangor.ac.uk.

Deadline for applications: Friday, 30 August 2019

Proposed Interview dates: 4/5 September 2019

Expected Start Date: 16 September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter

Supervisors: Dr Bethan Loftus; Prof Martina Feilzer, Bangor University

Detective Chief Inspector Jonathan Salisbury-Jones, Protecting Vulnerable People Unit, North Wales Police

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 Masters by Research Scholarship: 

Checkpoint Cymru: A process evaluation of the introduction of a custody suite diversion scheme in North Wales

Location : Bangor University, School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences (SHiPSS)

Project ID: BUK2196

Annual Stipend: £11,586

Application Deadline: August 30th. 2019

Checkpoint Cymru: A process evaluation of the introduction of a custody suite diversion scheme in North Wales aims to provide an independent evaluation of a new custody diversion scheme in North Wales. The scheme is set up by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) and North Wales Police (NWP). The objective of Checkpoint Cymru is to reduce reoffending among individuals arrested for low-level offences by reducing the adverse impact of contact with the criminal justice system for victims, offenders, and their families. Checkpoint Cymru offers diversion from court proceedings to individuals who agree to attend interventions to minimize their likelihood of reoffending. This is aimed at reducing levels of future victimisation and preventing individuals acquiring a criminal record, which in turn may act as a barrier to access employment. By offering early support for those arrested for low-level offences wider positive impact could be achieved for a range of stakeholders  ̶ namely, individuals arrested for low-level offending, their families, and victims of crime. Furthermore, reduced costs for victims and the criminal justice system will benefit the wider community.

This project will evaluate the implementation of Checkpoint Cymru to inform the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner of any concerns, problems, and barriers during implementation and monitor its impact on participants in terms of harm reduction and reoffending. The successful Masters by Research student will be involved in primary data collection including observations of training, Checkpoint navigator meetings with those arrested, Checkpoint interventions; interviews with checkpoint participants and professionals involved in the project; and monitoring and analyses of Checkpoint interventions data. Students will be involved in writing project briefings for use by the OPCC and NWP.

In order to apply, applicants should hold an undergraduate degree (BA (hons) at 2.1) in social sciences or related disciplines and be able to start the project on 16th. September 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter. An excellent understanding of social sciences research methods and experience of primary data collection would be desirable – students will be encouraged to attend SHiPSS postgraduate research methods modules. Ability to speak Welsh would also be desirable.

 Please apply by sending your CV and a covering letter setting out why you are interested in this project and how this fits into your future career aspiration to: Martina Feilzer, m.feilzer@bangor.ac.uk, copied to Penny Dowdney, p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk.

Deadline for applications: Friday, 30th. August 2019

Proposed Interview dates: 4/5th. September 2019

Expected Start Date: 16th. September 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter

Supervisors: Prof Martina Feilzer; Prof Stefan Machura, Bangor University

Iwan Rhys Jones, Custody Diversion Inspector, North Wales Police

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 an EU national, resident in the Convergence Area of Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification. 

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4. KESS 2 PhD Scholarship: 

Tomato early blight - identification of genetic sources of resistance to Alternaria solani

Location: Bangor University, School of Natural Sciences

Project ID: BUK2169

Annual Stipend: £14,483

Application Deadline: 31st. August 2019

This studentship is an opportunity for an EU-national to learn plant pathology and work with industry partners (Burpee NL and the Sarvari Research Trust) to evaluate the genetics of resistance of tomato to early blight, caused by the fungus Alternaria solani. This destructive disease is becoming more common in tomatoes, so to avoid greater fungicide use, the project will seek natural sources of resistance in tomato that can be bred into commercial cultivars. Fungal cultures will be maintained and used to inoculate a range of tomato and potato genotypes. Infected leaves will be analysed microscopically to investigate disease severity. Genetic mapping of infection levels will be carried out in a tomato mapping population that we have prepared for this project. Training will be given in R/qtl for analysis and the work should lead to high quality publications. Field and greenhouse work will be done at Bangor University and there will be opportunities to work with the industry partners in the UK and the Netherlands. The project will start as soon as a suitable candidate is identified. For further information please contact Dr Katherine Steele (k.a.steele@bangor.ac.uk).

To apply for this studentship, please email a CV and a covering letter to k.a.steele@bangor.ac.uk and cc to Dr Penny Dowdney p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk. Closing date for applications is 31/08/2019. Successful applicants are expected to start the degree on 01/10/2019, though an earlier start date could be discussed.

 Supervisors: Dr Katherine Steele (Bangor University); Henk van Der Velde (Director of Research and Development at Burpee NL); Dr David Shaw (Sarvari Research Trust)

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 an EU national and resident in the Convergence Area of Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification.

www.kess2.ac.uk

5. KESS 2 East PhD Scholarship: 

Predicting future compound hazards of coastal flooding

 

Location: Bangor University, School of Ocean Sciences

Project ID:  BUK2E025

Annual Stipend: £14,483

Application Deadline:      1st September 2019

This scholarship aims to understand the present and future risks posed by flooding and associated poor water quality in estuaries. Coastal flooding has been ranked the second highest risk for civil emergency in the UK with flooding damage and water quality hazards responsible for at least £0.25bn annually. For communities situated near estuaries, high surge-tide combined with storm river discharge and sewage overflow are all components of a poorly understood compound hazard. Existing probabilistic methods for assessing compound hazards provide only water-level predictions with limited detail on where and when issues may occur, and how different durations/timings of events can affect the outcomes. With sea-level rise up to 1m expected this century, together with wetter winters consisting of more intense downpours and changes in catchment and wastewater management, the joint-probability of compound hazards will increase, making previous understanding of risk potentially obsolete. Targeted mitigation strategies such as tree-planting, coastal realignment and improved wastewater infrastructure may reduce future risks, but require improved understandings, including computer simulations that resolve the intensity and timings of flash floods in combination with other drivers of the hazard.

For this PhD, you will improve the pan-Wales coastal flooding model system of project sponsors Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW). DCWW have a large number of important assets in coastal regions that are vulnerable to flooding (e.g. reduced sewerage capacity, reduced outfall performance, saline intrusion), leading to further affects to upstream properties and surrounding catchments and coasts. You will be trained in a wide range of research techniques, including model development, computer programming and risk assessment. You will interrogate new high-resolution datasets (bathymetry, sewerage and river loading, UKCP18 climate projections, strategic land-use change and wastewater management) to improve model performance and understandings of compound hazards. For example, simulating different timings of peak river loads and high surge-tide to determine worst-case conditions and future change in risks, for contrasting estuary typologies. This scholarship is well-funded for attendance at international conferences to present and discuss your research with world-class scientists. By the end of this PhD, you will have developed into a first-rate independent researcher with a deep understanding of a wide range of terrestrial-coastal-marine issues, leading to journal publications and policy recommendations that will help communities globally. In short, you will be highly employable. 

The successful candidate will join the research group of Peter Robins, Davey Jones, Shelagh Malham and Matt Lewis in a multi-disciplinary community of marine and catchment scientists located by the shores of the Menai Strait. The Isle of Anglesey’s stunning coastline and beaches are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the nearby Snowdonia National Park provides the perfect environment for outdoor pursuits including surfing, sea kayaking, coasteering, coastal and hill walking and rock climbing.

To apply, please submit your CV (max. 2-pages including one academic reference), together with a covering letter to Peter Robins p.robins@bangor.ac.uk and cc to Penny Dowdney : p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk

Informal enquiries about the post may be made to Peter Robins (p.robins@bangor.ac.uk). The successful candidate will be expected to commence on 1st October 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter.

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 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. 

 

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