KESS 2 Scholarships

1. KESS 2 PHD Scholarship: Protein Biochemistry and Drug Delivery

Cardiff University  - School of Chemistry

Qualification type: KESS 2 PhD

Application deadline: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Project Description

The project aims to develop a generic and modular approach for selective delivery of therapeutics to cancer cells. This is a collaborative project between Tenovus Cancer Research and the groups of Dr Yu-Hsuan Tsai (Chemistry) 
http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/38515-tsai-yuhsuan and Prof Arwyn Jones (Pharmacy) http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/90846-jones-arwyn-tomos.

The project objectives are based on our recent findings showing that cancer cells can be targeted by receptor clustering on the plasma membrane (Moody et al., doi:10.1038/mt.2015.178) to enhance the internalisation of therapeutic cargo. 

The student will be involved in designing and characterising a modular platform composed of different segments to deliver a therapeutic entity into the cytosol of cancer cells. These components are (i) a targeting entity for receptor clustering and promotion of endocytosis, (ii) an endosomal escape segment for delivery of the cargo to the cytosol, (iii) a therapeutic entity and (iv) cleavable linkers to free the therapeutic from the drug delivery vector once it is inside the cytosol. Training will be provided in organic synthesis, protein purification and chemistry, biochemistry, cancer cell culture, and live and fixed cell confocal microscopy. 

Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a minimum of an upper second-class honours degree (2:1) or equivalent in chemistry, pharmacy or a life science discipline, or a relevant Master’s qualification or equivalent. First-hand experience in organic synthesis, protein chemistry, mammalian cell culture or other relevant areas is highly desirable. 

A self-starter with good interpersonal skills and a team player with a drive to succeed, you will be highly motivated relishing the opportunity to take a leading role in establishing this exciting research program. 

Funding Notes

This studentship is open to those within the KESS convergence area (Wales) with strict criteria, details of which can be found on our application link below. 

The Convergence area of Wales consists of 15 local authorities: Isle of Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Merthyr Tydfil, Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen.

2. KESS 2 MRes Scholarship: Intergenerational care – what is the impact of bringing young children and older adults that require day care to share experiences and learn new skills together.

Bangor University : School of Healthcare Sciences

Annual Stipend: circa £11 k p.a
Application Deadline: 12:00 5th June, 2017

Applications are invited for a 12 month, full time KESS 2 Research Masters studentship based at the School of Healthcare Sciences at Bangor University. Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a major European Convergence programme led by Bangor University and offers collaborative research projects (Research Masters and PhD) linked with a local company partner. This project is in partnership with Darlun Cyf.

Aims of the project

Following the successful pilot work with the Darlun Cyf in September 2016, the company have been commissioned to produce four one hour intergenerational programmes in Wales in 2017. This 12 month studentship aims to investigate the impact of introducing two generations that are normally segregated to share care over a three day period.

The research will aim to evaluate the effects of the experience on wellbeing and perceptions when different generations are encouraged to share time together in structured activities in a care setting. This exciting opportunity will build our knowledge in the context of the short term effects of bringing young children and older adults into settings where they are encouraged to take part in joint activities.

The Research Masters will involve a review of intergenerational work. The researcher will gain skills in structured observation using video footage from the 2016 programme and 2017 series. The successful Masters student will work closely with the company to recruit potential participants, obtain consent to be part of the research and gather data before and after the generations are introduced to each other over a three days filming period. Additional data will involve semi structured qualitative and quantitative data evaluating the level of intergenerational contact and attitudes both before and after the week of activities.  Semi structured interviews with care staff and family will be used to gather proxy data and any observations of the impact of the experience on themselves and those that they care for either personally or professionally.

The partnership with Darlun will also expand the students experiences in the skills required to successfully produce a documentary and the Master’s student will work closely with the company throughout the 12 month the period.

Data will be collected from 4 groups:

  • Older adults attending a Day Care setting involved in the Hen Blant Bach series and consent to the research study.

  • Young children attending pre-school nursery with the consent of their parents/ guardians

  • Professional Care staff in the settings where the children and older people are cared for.

  • Family members of the young children and older people who have consented to be part of the research.

The KESS 2 scholarship will cover UK/EU registration fees plus a maintenance stipend of around £11,000, along with a budget to support delivery of the project (equipment, travel, training etc.).

Supervisors: Professor Bob Woods, Dr Catrin Hedd Jones, & Dr Nia Williams (School of Education) and Clare Jones (Company Supervisor).

Eligibility:

  • Applicants should be resident in the Convergence Area of Wales on registration, and should have the right to work in the region on qualification.

  • A good 2.1 degree in a relevant field e.g. Psychology, Social sciences, Healthcare.

  • The applicant will need to be a fluent Welsh speaker and excellent communicator.

  • Possessing your own transport would be advantageous.

  • A successful applicant will need the appropriate DRB checks.

How do I apply:

Applicants are requested to supply a CV with the names of two referees that we can contact (at least one academic) and a brief summary (one side of A4) as to why you would like the studentship and why you feel you are suitable.

Closing date for applications will be 12:00 5th June, 2017. We will short-list on 7th June, and interviews (if required) would take place on the morning of 9th June.

Successful applicants will start on the 26th June 2017 at the latest.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact c.h.jones@bangor.ac.uk or nia.williams@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.

3. KESS 2 PHD Scholarship: Evaluating the use of Active Support in school and college environments to enhance workplace social skills in adolescents with intellectual disabilities

Bangor University

 

Project ID:

Annual Stipend: approx. £14,000 per annum

Application Deadline: 12th June 2017

Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD studentship in evaluating the use of Active Support to develop social skills for the workplace among young persons with intellectual disabilities. The studentship is funded by the Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) in collaboration with Antur Waunfawr, Hafod Lon and Pendalar. It will cover tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend at the standard RCUK rate (around £14k per year), as well as a travel budget for workshops and conference attendance. The studentship is available immediately.

Project outline:

Active Support originated in adult social care settings as a way of supporting engagement in activity by adults with severe intellectual disabilities. Over three decades of research has shown that introducing Active Support is systematically correlated with increased levels of engagement. There are multiple versions of Active Support. The most comprehensive system includes multi-level skills teaching in everyday contexts and a system of goal-based person-centred planning.  The main plank of Active Support, however, rests in the effectiveness of the moment-to-moment assistance provided by staff. Aligned with Active Support is a method for coaching high-level skills in staff and for supporting practice leadership among supervisors. The dual aims of this research are to a) translate the principles of Active Support into the working environment with the specific aim of supporting the development of workplace social skills, and b) to evaluate intervention effectiveness in relation to process and outcome.  

Antur Waunfawr is a leading social enterprise providing employment and training opportunities for people with learning disabilities in their own community. 30 years ago, a charitable company such as Antur Waunfawr, which offered people with learning difficulties proper work with a purpose to it was seen as pioneering. Antur Waunfawr has demonstrated that, by giving people the chance of working in the community they can be accepted as equal citizens. The company employs more than 80 staff and supports over 60 adults with learning disabilities.

How to Apply:

Applicants should hold an appropriate first degree (or equivalent) and a relevant MSc in a related discipline area. Please submit a CV (max 2 pages) together with a covering letter to Dr Sandy Toogood at s.toogood@bangor.ac.uk by 17:00 on 12th June 2017.

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. 

4. KESS 2 PhD Scholarship: Promoting, archiving and digitising Welsh heritage to promote and foster heritage tourism.

Gwynedd Archaeological Trust & The School of Creative Studies and Media, Bangor University

Project ID: BUK2130

Application Deadline: Friday 23rd June 2017

Project Description:

Gwynedd Archaeological Trust (GAT), have recently invested in a Digital Asset Management System (Thirdlight), a state-of-the-art server system for maintaining multimedia assets. This server has allowed them to collect, document, organize and archive assets documenting archaeological sites and artefacts located across North Wales. The digital collection held within Thirdlight forms part of the Trusts Historic Environment Record, which serves a wide range of research and curatorial functions on behalf of central and local government, academic institutions and members of the public. This record is one of the most authoritative in Wales and fulfils the Statutory requirements of the Welsh Ministers to maintain a national historical environment record. GAT’s goal is now to capitalize on the value inherent in this resource through the use of web- and location-based applications produced by themselves, their partners, and interested third parties who might wish to license access to the material in the archive. Potential applications include (but are not limited to) location-based augmented realities, interactive virtual reality museum exhibits, and online guides to heritage sites.

This research will establish good practice for maximising the potential of these resources while minimizing the risks (legal, organisation, educational, political) inherent in their use, and will develop a proof-of-concept application to test those practices. The project will take an action research approach in its investigation in three phases.

During phase 1, an initial survey of current practice within the heritage sector will include both multimedia archives and digital heritage tourism/educational applications currently in use. Influential actors from the survey will be identified for in-depth interviews into the risks and opportunities inherent in the field. The result of this phase will be a draft report summarizing good practices, risks and opportunities. In Phase 2, the report will be presented to GAT and other heritage sector actors in Wales. Follow-up interviews will be conducted and the report revised based on their input. A conceptual design for a location- or web-based application which can draw content from the archive will be developed from the report and from the interviews. An iterative design process will allow Welsh heritage stake-holders to inform the design and proposed implementation of the application. The third phase of the project will be to build, test and deploy the heritage application. The final phase of the project will be to recommend a digital communications strategy for promoting, disseminating, and archiving digital material relating to the historic environment in North Wales.

This methodology will account for currently accepted practices within digital marketing, archiving and promoting wider participation in digital heritage, whilst also evaluating the methods for their suitability within the context of Gwynedd Archaeological Trust (GAT).

The specific output of the project will be

  • Report into current and recommended practice of using heritage-led digital media to raise the profile of the historic environment and organisations working within it 

  • A conceptual design for a location- or web-based heritage application which draws together the different strands of digital data maintained by the Trust, and develops a strategy for maximising its use and output

  • A working prototype of the application ready for live trialling

  • Recommendation for a digital communications strategy to promote, disseminate and archive digital material related to the historic environment in Wales

Supervision

Principle Supervisor Dr Eben J. Muse, Senior Lecturer in Digital Media

Dr Muse currently supervises candidates in the fields of digital pedagogy, experimental filmmaking and documentary digital filmmaking. In recent years research topics have included game design, cultural heritage, performative pedagogy, Welsh stereotypes in film, and local heritage and participatory culture.

Second Supervisor Dr Steffan Thomas, Lecturer in Film and Media

Dr Thomas currently supervises a candidate in the field of digital music selection and the relationship between language, culture and music choice. Dr Thomas is also a former KESS PhD candidate.

Start Date

September 2017

Applications

Applicants should hold a first or upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in related discipline areas.

How to Apply

Please submit a CV together with a covering letter to Dr Steffan Thomas: s.w.thomas@bangor.ac.uk and copy to Dr Penny Dowdney: p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk by 17:00 on Friday 23rd June 2017.

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. 

http://kess2.ac.uk/buk2130/

5. KESS 2 PhD Scholarship: Enhancing the physical readiness of students, teachers and expedition leaders for an Outlook expedition.

School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, Bangor University

Project ID: BUK2134

Annual Stipend: £14,340

Application Deadline: 18.07.17

Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD studentship funded by the Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) in collaboration with Outlook Expeditions.

Project Description:

Outlook expeditions take students overseas to challenge, inspire and transform young people.

This programme of research will determine whether the physiological readiness of students, teachers and expedition leaders should and can be enhanced to better prepare them for an Outlook expedition and to improve general health and well-being. These questions will be answered by completing three phased research projects:

Project one will quantify the physical (physiological) demand on students, teachers and leaders of a variety of Outlook expeditions.

Project two will use information gained in project one to design an intervention to enhance physical readiness in all students, teachers and leaders.

Project three will determine whether the intervention developed in project two enhances students’, teachers’ and leaders’ physical readiness, and assess whether enhanced readiness positively impacts upon expedition satisfaction and general health and wellbeing.

This programme of research will generate unique selling points that will differentiate Outlook from other expedition providers. It will also develop best practice that will influence the adventure tourism industry as a whole.

The successful applicant will spend the majority of their time based at Bangor University but will also spend one day per week with Outlook Expeditions, joining expeditions if necessary to collect data. Thus the project offers quality training in applied physiological techniques and a unique insight into the outdoor industry.   

For further details of our work please see our websites:  Extremes Research Group and Outlook Expeditions.

Project Supervisors: Jamie Macdonald PhD & Sam Oliver PhD (Extremes Research group, Bangor University); Claire Hitchins-Stones (Outlook Expeditions).

Value of Award: A tax free stipend of £14,340 (rising in accordance with inflation for the remaining two years). The scholarship has an additional budget for training, travel, equipment and consumables to support your research. KESS 2 PhD Scholarship holders do not pay tuition fees.

To apply: The successful applicant should have a minimum of a 1st or good 2:1 in a relevant degree (or equivalent life experience), ideally a masters degree, and be available to take up the studentship by 1st October 2017. Please send a cover letter and CV to Dr. Jamie Macdonald, j.h.macdonald@bangor.ac.uk (cc to Dr Penny Dowdney: p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk). The application deadline is 18th July 2017 at 1200 midday. Interviews will be held on 18th August 2017.

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. 

6. KESS 2 MRes Scholarship: An established technology with a novel application – fish tracking with an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle.

College of Physical and Applied Sciences, Bangor University

Project ID: BUK2129
Annual Stipend: £11,358
Application Deadline: August 1st, 2017

Automated Underwater Vehicles (AUV’s) are now being routinely used to collect a range of data within the marine environment. In order to address knowledge gaps in fish movement ecology, Tidal Lagoon Power and Bangor University are exploring the use of AUV’s in gathering data on the fine scale movements of migratory and coastal marine fish species.

This 1 year KESS 2 MRes studentship will focus on the development and integration of the acoustic and navigation system of the AUV, and will be based in the College of Physical and Applied Sciences at Bangor University, working within a multi-disciplinary team of electronic engineers, computer scientists and fish biologists together with the commercial partner, Tidal Lagoon Power.

The KESS 2 student will work to produce the following:

  • Agent-based software models for simulating the behaviour of coastal water fish species and for simulating the operation of the AUV for tracking tagged fish.

  • Software for the operation of the AUV. This will involve the development of algorithms needed to direct the AUV and maintain it at a set distance as it follows the target individual. The software will use the MOOS-IvP software package developed at MIT which is a set of open source C++ modules for providing autonomy on robotic platforms, in particular autonomous marine vehicles.

  • Experimental results from field trials for testing the operation of the AUV.

  • The integration of the software developed in point 2 with the hardware platform upon which the system is to be built. This will involve specifying, assembling and testing the AUV itself, the additional sensors required for acoustic tracking, and building the electronic interface between the acoustic tracking equipment and the AUV platform.

This is a fully funded 1 year, full time M.Res. studentship which will cover tuition fees with around £3k budget for equipment, travel and training opportunities.

This studentship is an exciting opportunity to work at the cutting edge of autonomous systems and work within a multi-disciplinary team developing technology that will be used to answer questions that have been bugging ecologists for years.

Eligibility of Student: 

To be eligible to hold a KESS studentship, you must:

  • Have a home address in the Convergence area (details below)* at the time of registration.

  • Have the right to take up paid work in the Convergence area* on completion of the scholarship.

  • Be classified by the University as ‘home’ or ‘EU’ for tuition fees purposes according to the University’s guidelines.

  • Satisfy Bangor University’s admissions criteria: see below, qualifications and experience and application process

*The Convergence area covers West Wales and the Valleys, and is made up of the following 15 local authorities: Isle of Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil, Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen.

Qualifications and experience: 

  • A undergraduate degree in Computer Science or related discipline with at least a 2:1 qualification or equivalent

Application Process: 

To apply, please download the Participant Application Form and send to:

For any queries on eligibility, please contact: KESS Team at Bangor University’s Doctoral School 01248 382162, KESS2@bangor.ac.uk

Closing date for applications: midnight 1st August 2017– interviews end of August 2017.

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.

 

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