KESS 2 Scholarships

1. KESS2 PhD Scholarship:

High throughput screening of human cancer samples using novel cancer-specific biomarkers for the development of digital patient stratification technologies based around the Axio Scan.Z1.

North West Cancer Research Institute, School of Medical Sciences, Bangor University. 

Project ID: BUK2173

Annual Stipend: £14,198

Application Deadline: 16th September 2018 

Project Description 

The process of oncogenesis is associated with the activation of many genes. Some of these genes are normally only expressed in the germline and are silenced in healthy somatic tissue. A number of studies have demonstrated that germline gene activation contributes to cancer development and progression and can be linked to poor patient prognosis, so these genes have garnered interest as biomarkers and therapeutic targets. 

The McFarlane Group has identified a number of novel germline genes that become activated and function in cancer progression and a new model for germline genes in oncogenesis has been put forward (McFarlane et al., 2014. Cell Cycle 13:2151-2152; McFarlane & Wakeman (2017) Cancer Research 77:5712-5716). This project will study the function of some of these genes and their utility as cancer biomarkers using high throughput instrumentation from Carl Zeiss Ltd. to assess a range of human cancer tissues. 

Candidates will have a good first B.Sc. degree in an appropriate subject and must be a European Union citizen. Informal enquiries can be made to Dr. Ramsay McFarlane (r.macfarlane@bangor.ac.uk). The start date will be 1st November 2018. 

How to apply: 

Applications should include a covering letter and CV with two named referees. Please send via email to Dr Ramsay McFarlane  (r.macfarlane@bangor.ac.uk) and cc to Dr Penny Dowdney (p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk) by 17:00 on 16/09/18. 

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.  

www.kess2.ac.uk

2. KESS 2 Masters by Research Scholarship: 

Enhanced utilisation of embedded RFID technology with bio-based materials

 

Bangor University and the Biocomposites Centre

Project ID: BUK2160

Annual Stipend: £11,472

Application Deadline: 14/09/18

Project Description :

We are looking for a graduate with experience in materials science and an interest in electronics to work on an exciting and industry relevant project whilst gaining a Masters by Research qualification. The successful applicant will work with scientists from the BioComposites Centre – an industry focused centre within Bangor University and with RFIDdirect - a specialist supplier of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology within the European market.  The company is based in Mold, Flintshire and in Kleve, Germany and  specialises in quality product applications and solutions designed to tackle common production and logistical chain issues to speed up business cycles across a range of sectors, from manufacturing and retail, to healthcare and horticulture.

Passive UHF RFID technology uses propagation coupling where a reader antenna emits electromagnetic energy (radio waves). The tag gathers energy from the reader antenna, and the microchip uses the energy to change the load on the antenna and reflects back an altered signal. This is called backscatter. This signal can be read by appropriate receivers and provide information on identification and position. The backscatter can be influenced by the moisture and temperature changes, and pressure on the antenna. 

The company require information on how moisture within wood and wood-based materials affects the backscatter signal of RFID technology. The project will therefore, develop an understanding of how environmental conditions affect materials and how this in turn affects the operation and reliability of embedded RFID technology. This will help the company implement critical identification and logistical applications for a range of products.

This funded Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship 2 (KESS 2) project will be supervised by Dr Simon Curling from the Biocomposites Centre at Bangor University and by Frits Van Calker of RFIDdirect. The funding includes a generous travel and equipment budget.  

How to apply:

Send a covering letter and CV to Dr Simon Curling (s.curling@bangor.ac.uk) cc to Dr. Penny Dowdney (p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk) by 14th. of September 2018

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:

Modelling the impact of shelterbelts on livestock productivity and welfare 

School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography, Bangor University, UK

Project ID: BUK211
Annual Stipend: £14,300
Application Deadline: 17:00 on 31st July 2018

Applications are invited for a three-year research PhD studentship in the area of sustainable intensification of livestock systems at the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography, Bangor University, UK. The studentship is funded by the Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) (http://kess2.ac.uk) in collaboration with our industry partner the Woodland Trust. It will cover tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend at the standard RCUK rate (around £14,300 per year), as well as a travel budget for workshop and conference attendance.

Project Description :

The livestock sector is under increasing pressure to improve the efficiencies of production, both from economic and environmental perspectives. Upland sheep systems face particular challenges with inclement weather: it is well known that hypothermia accounts for a significant proportion of losses of new-born lambs (30%, Barlow et al. 1987). Sheep also expend much energy to maintain body temperature, which increases production costs. Increasing the provision of shelter through the planting of hedgerows and trees may therefore improve the wellbeing and performance of upland sheep flocks. In parallel, the uplands are regarded as key areas for afforestation programmes needed to reduce the impacts of climate change (e.g. flooding) and provide improved habitat for biodiversity. Strategic planting of trees and hedgerows therefore present economic and environmental “win–wins” to both increase and improve the economic viability of livestock farming systems, and deliver multiple environmental benefits. The specific research question being addressed in this project is:

How does the strategic placement of on-farm shelter affect livestock production?

Figure 1: Preliminary wind chill 3D response surface

To answer this question the successful candidate will:

  • Collect micrometerological data around trees and hedgerows in the farming landscape and develop a biophysical model to predict the impact of shelter on livestock energy balance (Figure 1);

  • Integrate the biophysical model into a computer based tool to suggest strategic placement of shelterbelts in the landscape to optimise livestock productivity (i.e. further development and testing of the prototype tool http://windbreak.herokuapp.com );

  • Conduct an economic analysis of the cost-benefit to on-farm efficiency.

Figure 2: Life-sized instrumented model sheep used to parameterise biophysical model.

Data will be collected using physical models of sheep (Figure 2) containing Arduino controlled thermal arrays, microclimatic sensors and dataloggers. The prospective candidate should have a strong technical ability ideally with experience in numerical modelling and computer programming. This exciting multi-disciplinary project will involve work with a range of partners across many disciplines (e.g., electronics, environment, economic and veterinary). The project is co-funded by the Woodland Trust and will involve public engagement work with the Trust to promote and disseminate the outputs of the project (e.g. BBC Countryfile ; feature starts 53m 45s into programme). Examples of previous work using the model sheep conducted in our research group can also be found below:

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2017/04/improving-sheep-farming/

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2017/06/do-farmers-dream-of-electric-sheep/

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2018/04/animal-welfare/

The studentship is available from October 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applicants should hold a first or upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in electronic engineering, computer programming, environmental science or management, or a related degree.

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit a CV (max 2 pages) together with a covering letter to Dr Andy Smith (a.r.smith@bangor.ac.uk) and cc’d to Dr Penny Dowdney (p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk) by 17:00 on 31st July 2018

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Andy Smith (a.r.smith@bangor.ac.uk) or Dr Mark Rayment (m.rayment@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.

4. KESS 2 Masters by Research Scholarship: 

The application of Systems Thinking Approaches to the development of integrated care services for adults with complex care needs: a systematic review 

School of Healthcare Sciences, College of Human Sciences, Bangor University.

Project ID: BUK2151

Annual Stipend: £11,472 tax free over 12 months

Application Deadline:  Friday 20th July 2018

Project Description:

This project presents an exciting opportunity to complete a fully funded, full-time one year Masters by Research (MRes). The starting date is 1st October 2018.

Integrated care is a policy priority and critical to the delivery of timely, effective support to individuals with complex needs. The 2014 Social Services and Wellbeing Act requires health and social care organisations to work more closely together to deliver support that is effectively co-ordinated across care settings. However, there are disparities between policy intentions and practice.

To provide integrated care, professionals need to think in different ways that prioritise peoples’ individual needs. This requires thinking beyond organisational roles and responsibilities and outside organisational boundaries. System Thinking Approaches are useful in this context. Although health and social care organisations have begun to engage with these approaches there is a lack of knowledge about the different theories, methods and tools and how they could be applied within and across organisations.

The project explores the complexities and dynamics of integrated care provision, with a particular focus on the application of Systems Thinking Approaches to underpin future service organisation and delivery models. Conducted in partnership with Gwynedd Local Authority the project will explore innovative, integrated approaches to supporting vulnerable adults. It involves:

  • A systematic review of the existing evidence on Systems Thinking Approaches and their potential utility in informing service provision.

  • A knowledge exchange workshop, which brings together key stakeholders to share and discuss the research findings and identify how the findings could be implemented into future practice. 

The full time one 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 £11,472 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 (Gwynedd Local Authority), during the period of the project.  The achievement of a Postgraduate Skills Development Award (PSDA) is compulsory for each KESS 2 scholar.  More information on the studentship and application process can be found at www.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 1st October 2018. He/she must be able to communicate effectively though the mediums of both Welsh and English.

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 work closely with Mari Wynne Jones, Senior Manager (Adults) and other members of the company partner, Gwynedd 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)

How to apply:

Applications should include a covering letter and CV with two named referees and a covering letter via email to Diane Seddon 0d.seddon@bangor.ac.uk) and cc to Dr Penny Dowdney (p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk) by 17:00 on 22/07/18. 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. 

5. KESS 2 Masters by Research Scholarship: 

Children’s perceptions of parents’ use of technology in Wales

School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University (Bangor or Wrexham campus)

Project ID: BUK2150

Annual Stipend: £11,472 tax free over 12 months (September 2018 - August 2019)

Each KESS 2 study also includes a Postgraduate Skills Development Award and a generous travel and equipment allowance.

Application Deadline: 22/06/18

Project Description :

We are seeking a highly capable and motivated graduate for this exciting opportunity to undertake a Masters in Research (MRes). This is a collaborative project between the Hot House Research Team, School of Healthcare Sciences and Public Health Wales.

Technology is an ever-present feature in modern life and there are growing concerns around its encroachment into family life and parenting and the impact this may have on child development and

behaviour. On the one hand, there is social pressure on parents to respond immediately to calls and messages, potentially resulting in increased disruption between parents and children. Whilst on the other hand, there are functions on technology which parents might be opting to interact with more than children. While it is anticipated that technology will influence family interaction, very little research has been undertaken to explore the impact of parental use of technology of family life. To date, most research on the use and impact of new technology on public health has focused on children’s technology usage.

This project will seek to explore Welsh school children’s perceptions of their parents’ use of technology. The project will be based in school settings and may involve a mixed-methods approach. The student will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check.  

Start date: 01/09/18

Project Supervisors:

The successful applicant will be supervised by Dr Catherine Sharp at the School of Healthcare Sciences; Professor Karen Hughes and Professor Mark Bellis from the College of Health and Behavioural Sciences, and Dr Alisha Davies (Head of Research, Public Health Wales) as the company supervisor.

How to apply:

Interested applicants who wish to discuss the role further can contact Dr Catherine Sharp via email (c.sharp@bangor.ac.uk).

Applications should include a covering letter and CV with two named referees and a covering letter via email to Dr Sharp (c.sharp@bangor.ac.uk) and cc to Dr Penny Dowdney (p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk) by 17:00 on 22/06/18. 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. 

6. KESS 2 PhD Scholarship:

Climate vulnerability and adaptation at multiple scales.

SENRGy, Bangor University

Project ID: BUK2163

Annual Stipend: £14,483 p.a.

Application Deadline: 6 July 2018

Project Description :

Applications are invited for a three-year research PhD studentship in developing and applying a toolkit for climate change mitigation at the School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography, Bangor University, UK. The studentship is funded by the Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) (http://kess2.ac.uk/) in collaboration with the National Trust Wales (NTW). It will cover tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend at the standard RCUK rate (£14,448 per year), as well as a travel budget for workshop and conference attendance. The studentship is available from 3rd September 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

In order to develop a sustainable and competitive business it is important that businesses are resilient to climate change. This project will generate tools for assessing where vulnerability exists and identify appropriate adaptation measures. The project will use the new UKCP18 data to identify key functions (e.g. site exposure, sensitivity and adaptive capacity) and determine the vulnerability of selected NTW sites as case studies for wider application. While the development of the adaptation toolkit will focus on NTW sites it will also be applicable to a wide range of similar sites and locations not managed by the NTW. The UKCP18 data will be a substantial update on the existing UKCP09 data updated to include the most recent predictions from the IPCC 5th assessment report. Specific enhancements relevant to this PhD are an increased spatial resolution to 2.2 km and increased temporal resolution to hourly. This enables an increased capture of potential increased extreme weather events including localised heavy rainfall events and incremental change trends. The project will also provide 20 plausible climate futures allowing the exploration of a range of scenarios

It is expected that as part of the PhD programme the successful candidate will:

  • Review existing adaptation toolkits such as those used by RSPB and Historic Environment Scotland and consider which elements can be applied to National Trust in Wales.
  • Use National Trust sites in Wales as case studies for estimating the effect of climate change exposure on three area types (built, coastal and countryside)
  • Estimate the sensitivity of NTW sites to the change in climate change exposure
  • Estimate the overall vulnerability, taking into account adaptive capacity NTW.

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. 

Applicants should hold a first or upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in environmental science or management, geography, or a related degree with experience of GIS. Knowledge of climate change scenarios is desirable. As well as modelling the effect of climate change the successful candidate will need to engage with public bodies and NGOs. For informal enquiries email James Gibbons (j.gibbons@bangor.ac.uk) or Keith Jones (Keith.Jones@nationaltrust.org.uk). To apply please submit a CV (max 2 pages) together with a covering letter to James Gibbons by 17:00 by Friday 6 July 2018; please cc to Dr Penny Dowdney (p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk).

7. KESS 2 Masters by Research Scholarship: 

Implementation of intergenerational care: evaluating the factors that facilitate and hinder the adoption and sustainability of an intergenerational programme in a community setting.

 

School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University

Project ID: BUK2159

Annual Stipend: £11,472 tax free, paid over 12 months (August 2018 - July 2019).

Each KESS 2 study also includes a Postgraduate Skills Development Award and a generous travel and equipment allowance.

Application Deadline: 29/6/18.

Project Description:

To read in Welsh, please visit: http://kess2.ac.uk/cy/buk2159/

This unique opportunity builds upon the research expertise on intergenerational care and implementation within Bangor University. The Scholarship would be especially attractive for graduates in the fields of Psychology, Sociology or Health who wish to pursue a 12-month postgraduate research degree.

There is growing interest in the benefits for both children and older adults in taking part in opportunities for shared meaningful activities following the recent success of the series created in Bangor University (Hen Blant Bach- S4C / Toddlers take on Dementia-BBC Wales).  There is a long tradition of primary school children joining adults to take part in activities but they tend to be sporadic and there is a lack of research on the sustainability of such programmes within communities.  This research will be in partnership with Gwynedd council and the successful applicant will work alongside the ‘Bridging the Generations’ officer to evaluate opportunities for children in Primary schools to develop a programme of activities with older adults in their local care homes and extra supported housing in Gwynedd.

The research will involve three phases as part of the Masters by Research supported by the supervisory team. The first phase involves a mapping exercise of the current level of intergenerational programmes within the region to gain a better understanding of the current level of activity and baseline of activity.  The empirical study will adopt a mixed method to evaluate the implementation and impact of introducing a weekly programme for older adults and children within five new sites identified in partnership with the company partner. Information gathered as part of the research will inform a best practice document for Local authorities.

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring ethical permission for the study and gathering research data in the local authority. The data collection will involve interviewing participants and key stakeholders and conducting non-participant observations within intergenerational sessions. The research will build knowledge on the sustainability of such interventions and any potential barriers in bringing both generations together from a personal and service delivery perspective with long term follow up on selected sites.

Successful candidates will need to be able to demonstrate excellent communication in English and Welsh as they will be interviewing children and adults that will have Welsh as a first language. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate excellent 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: 01/08/2018

Project Supervisors:

The successful applicant will be supervised by Dr Catrin Hedd Jones and Dr Lynne Williams at the School of Healthcare Sciences and Ann Pari Williams (Adult Wellbeing Manager, Gwynedd Council) as the Company supervisor.

Interested applicants who wish to discuss the role further can contact Dr Catrin Hedd Jones via email (c.h.jones@bangor.ac.uk) or telephone (01248 388872).

Applications should include a CV with two named referees and a covering letter via email to Dr Jones (c.h.jones@bangor.ac.uk) and cc to Dr Penny Dowdney (p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk)by 17:00 on 29/6/18. We welcome applications in either English or Welsh.

Interviews of shortlisted applicants will be at Bangor University on the 16/7/18.

The successful applicant will required to start on the 1/8/18.

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. 

8. KESS 2 Masters by Research Scholarship:

What is the impact of DementiaGo in residential homes for residents, relatives and staff?

Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) Wales, School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University

Project ID: BUK2157

Annual Stipend: £11,472

Application Deadline: 15th June 2018

Project Description:

To read in Welsh, please visit: http://kess2.ac.uk/cy/buk2157/

We are seeking a highly capable and motivated graduate for this exciting opportunity to undertake a programme of research and associated training and gain a Masters in Research (MRes). This is a   collaborative project between DSDC Wales and Gwynedd County Council’s DementiaGo programme.

DementiaGo physical activity and community support programme is for people living with dementia and their carers. The DementiaGo team are currently working with care staff in Gwynedd County Council residential homes to bring movement into everyday life and therefore increase the physical activity of residents. This studentship will investigate the impact of DementiaGo in a residential home setting for residents, relatives and staff.

The successful candidate will first undertake a critical review of the published literature addressing the impact of physical activity for people living with dementia. They will undertake data collection in three residential homes, one in each area of Gwynedd (Arfon, Dwyfor, Meirionnydd). They will explore the impact of DementiaGo through qualitative interviews with residents, their family members, and care staff in each home. There is also the possibility of working with the DementiaGo team to analyse routinely collected mobility data, such as Sit-to-Stand and Timed Up and Go tests. In addition to this, the student will carry out observations and other outcome measures within the homes.

The successful candidate will be expected to have, or expected to be awarded, a good Bachelor’s degree (2.1 or first class) in a relevant subject (e.g. health, psychology, sports science). They will need to be highly organised and committed to producing good quality outputs, with good project management skills and a passion for research. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential. The ability to understand and speak Welsh is desirable (but not essential).

As we are unable to answer individual queries, we are holding an information session at 2pm on Friday 1st June that we would encourage potential applicants to attend. (DSDC Wales, Ardudwy, Normal Site, Holyhead Road, Bangor. LL28 2PZ)

Stipend: £11,472 tax free, paid over 12 months (August 2018 – July 2019).

The award includes training for a Postgraduate Skills Development Award and a generous travel and equipment allowance. The student will also benefit from training and support available through the school and university.

Expected start date: 6th August 2018

Project Supervisors: The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Gill Windle and Dr Kat Algar-Skaife from the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) Wales, and Emma Quaeck (DementiaGo Project Manager, Gwynedd County Council) as Company Supervisor.

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 ) cc to Dr Penny Dowdney (p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk) by 5pm, 15/6/2018. 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 on the morning of Wednesday 27th June 2018.

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. 

9. KESS 2 Masters by Research Scholarship: 

Introducing and Evaluating the KiVa school-based anti-bullying programme in a specialist school for children with additional learning needs.

Bangor University School of Education

Project ID: BUK2152

Annual Stipend: £11,470

Application Deadline: Monday 28th. May 2018.

We are seeking a well-qualified psychology or education graduate with a 1st or good 2.1 to take up a KESS 2 funded Masters by Research studentship as soon as possible.

The Project

This project will identify challenges to implementation and adaptations made to the programme in two special schools that are already implementing KiVa and then evaluate the implementation of KiVa in a newly recruited school in North Wales for children with ALNs. It will use school based and child report measures of the extent of bullying prior to and after six months of implementation of KiVa, as well as collecting lesson delivery data and feedback.

The specific outputs from this research project:

A report on the experiences of two existing Welsh special schools that are already implementing KiVa on their experience of using the programme and any adaptations/challenges.

A review of the literature relating to bullying rates for children with additional learning needs and any existing evidence-based interventions to address this.

A pre-post evaluation of the effectiveness of KiVa in the new school for children with ALN including child and teacher report and interviews on adaptations to the programme etc.

Project Supervisors

The project is supported by the Children’s Early Intervention Trust charity and the charity supervisor will be Dr. Sue Evans (KiVa trainer).

Supervision will be provided by Prof. Carl Hughes School of Education, Centre for Evidence Based Early Intervention and Collaborative Institute for Education Research Evidence and Impact (CIEREI) and Prof. Judy Hutchings, Centre for Evidence Based Early Intervention, School of Psychology.

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. 

Details of KESS 2 can be found here :  www.kess2.ac.uk

How to apply :

Send a CV and covering letter  to Prof. Carl Hughes (c.hughes@bangor.ac.uk) and Prof. Judy Hutchings  (j.hutchings@bangor.ac.uk ) cc to Dr. Penny Dowdney (p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk) by 5pm, Monday 28th May 2018.

10. KESS 2 MRes Scholarship: 

Survey of foster care agencies to establish training provision across Wales

Bangor University School of Psychology

Project ID: BUK2158
Annual Stipend: £11,470
Application Deadline: Monday 21st May 2018.

We are seeking a well-qualified psychology or education graduate with a 1st or good 2.1 to take up a KESS 2 funded taught Masters in Research studentship as soon as possible.

The Project

In addition to completing taught modules the successful applicant will undertake a survey of independent and local authority foster care agencies in Wales. Questions to be addressed are:

What training is offered to foster carers and on what basis, at what point and with what goals and whether this differs between local authority and independent agencies and for different categories of carers.

The project will utilise a quantitative survey and additional open ended question analysed using qualitative methods.

Project Supervisors

The project is supported by the Children’s Early Intervention Trust charity and the charity supervisor will be Nia Hall (Trustee).

Supervision will be provided by Professor Judy Hutchings, Centre for Evidence Based Early intervention, School of Psychology and Dr Marguerite Hoerger, School of Education.

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. 

Details of KESS 2 can be found here :  www.kess2.ac.uk

How to apply :

Send a covering letter and CV to Prof. Judy Hutchings  (j.hutchings@bangor.ac.uk ) and Dr Marguerite Hoerger (m.hoerger@bangor.ac.uk) cc to Dr. Penny Dowdney (p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk) by 5pm, Monday 21st May 2018.

11. KESS 2 MRes Scholarship:

Partnerships for change in care placements: mapping opportunities for innovation by discharge to housing support schemes as an alternative to transfers from acute to community hospital settings

School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University 

Project ID: BUK2155

Annual Stipend: £11,472

Application Deadline:  29/6/2018  

Want to be part of a collaborative project, develop high-level skills and achieve a Masters by Research Qualification?

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of research that explores the potential of Housing schemes to improve health outcomes. Discharge planning from NHS acute care to community services has been identified as a problematic area in policy and practice and recognising patient and family preferences forms a key quality indicator for the NHS and social care. Through this Masters by Research, we seek to evaluate the potential for realigning the current NHS discharge planning process away from a routine focus on transfers between acute to community hospital care. In this study, mixed methods will be used to unpack this complex area and seek to evaluate the feasibility of more rapid acute Hospital discharge if there was a housing support scheme available.

The study will involve four-phases over 12 months; 1. Scoping review of evidence; 2. Institutional Ethnography to understand the often hidden and complex relationships involved in hospital-based discharge planning, and examine how processes are constructed and by who within a number of hospital discharge teams, framed as case studies; 3. Statistical review and audit of available data from NHS case study sites to establish a baseline centred on the decision-making process regarding patient transfer to a Community Hospital, the time line and what level of treatment patients receive; 4. The results from phases 2 and 3 will be synthesised to address the research question and provide an overarching appraisal of the opportunities and challenges in developing an alternative housing support-scheme pathway for patients traditionally transitioning from acute to community hospital care. The feasibility of building initiatives that utilise housing schemes and its implications for discharge planning and process will be evaluated.  

The project will provide Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB), Cartrefi Conwy and the wider sector with a thorough understanding of how supported housing schemes work to support the discharge process from acute settings, and how avoidable current transfers of care can be redirected, thus addressing patient choice and satisfaction. The findings will be reported as a series of recommendations for health and social care managers, housing sector and policy-makers.

Start Date:

03/09/2018

Project Supervisors:

The successful candidate will be supervised by an experienced team from the School of Healthcare Sciences (Drs Lynne and Sion Williams and Professor Paul Brocklehurst), and Mr Andrew Bowden (Group Chief Executive, Cartrefi Conwy) as Company Supervisor. 

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. 

Details of KESS 2 can be found here :  www.kess2.ac.uk

How to apply:

Send a covering letter and CV to Dr Lynne Williams (lynne.williams@bangor.ac.uk ) cc to Dr. Penny Dowdney (p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk) by 5pm, 29/6/2018

12. KESS 2 MRes Scholarship:

Improving the Forecasting and Inventory Management functions in Carl   Kammerling International, an SME in Gwynedd

Project ID: BUK286

Annual Stipend: circa. £11k p.a.

Application Deadline: 20th April 2018

Applications are invited for a one-year Masters by Research studentship in Operations Management at the Bangor Business School, Bangor University. The studentship is funded by the Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) http://kess2.ac.uk/ in collaboration with Carl Kammerling International.  It will cover tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend at the standard RCUK rate (around £11k per year), as well as a travel budget for workshops and conference attendance. The studentship is available immediately.

Project outline:

Business Forecasting involves technical knowledge of Statistics, Psychology and Information Systems and such a multidisciplinary project is always challenging to address. For the company this is a great challenge as there is a need for knowledge transfer from an HEI with expertise in the area. For the student, the multidisciplinary nature necessitates the use of different skills, and for the supervision this is also a challenge.

This KESS 2 project involves conducting a full review of the following two functions in the company:

- Demand Forecasting

- Inventory & Stock Control Management

A comprehensive report of recommendations will then be produced for improvement in the short term. This will be followed by the development of prototype MS Excel- based solutions for improved demand forecasting and stock control.

The project will oversee the application of this tool in parallel with existing SOPs and monitoring: that means that the newly proposed tools will run in parallel with the existing solution. After a period of 4-12 weeks the two alternatives will be assesses and a decision will be taken for the switch of the existing status quo to the new processes given the anticipated benefits.

How to apply:

Applicants should hold a first or upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in a related discipline area. Please submit a CV (max 2 pages) together with a covering letter to Prof Kostas Nikolopoulos at k.nikolopoulos@bangor.ac.uk and cc to Dr Penny Dowdney at p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk by 17:00 on 20th April 2018

Your project reference is : BUK286

Funding Notes

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.

For further details of KESS 2 see here: www.kess2.ac.uk

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