3 year co-funded PhD Studentship

This full time 3 year PhD studentship, starting as soon as possible, and no later than September 2018, is jointly funded by the University of Stirling and by Jim McColl, the Scottish business entrepreneur.

Number of awards 1
Value The studentship covers academic fees and will provide an annual Maintenance Stipend of £14,917 (2018/19) that will be paid quarterly.
Deadline 21st February 2018

This studentship involves the evaluation of an exciting educational innovation which Jim McColl has pioneered - Newlands Junior College (NJC) in Glasgow. This school exists to meet the needs of young people with potential who have disengaged from school and appear destined for educational failure. Students enter NJC at the beginning of their third year in secondary school and are given intensive support across key academic subjects, personal development and a wide range of vocational options.

The PhD will require the successful candidate to:

  • review the literature on educational interventions designed to achieve desired vocational, social and economic outcomes
  • verify the outcomes that NJC is achieving
  • establish a valid comparator group for NJC students
  • compare outcomes for both groups both qualitatively and quantitatively
  • analyse the relative costs and benefits of NJC in the light of these comparisons
  • address the issue of the scalability of the NJC intervention


Applicants must hold a Master’s degree at merit level or above in a relevant social science, such as education, sociology or economics. They must be able to demonstrate core training in research methodologies as specified by the ESRC. They must also demonstrate a keen awareness of issues relating to the impacts of disadvantage on education and life chances. Experience of working with schools, children’s services or wider local authority services, in third sector organisations working with children, would be beneficial. Competence with both qualitative and quantitative data techniques are essential as the study will involve both forms of analysis.

The successful candidate must be DBS cleared.

How to apply

Apply by 21st February 2018 5pm GMT by emailing alannaha.young1@stir.ac.uk the following:

  • A full CV
  • A personal statement outlining the applicant's suitability and interest to undertake the proposed project, paying attention to the proposal's substantive and methodological aspects.
  • An example piece of academic writing produced by the applicant of 3,000-6,000 words. This may, for example, be a chapter(s) from a Master’s dissertation.
  • The names and contact details of two academic referees who are able to comment on the applicant’s suitability for PhD study and to undertake the advertised project.

Interviews will be held at the University of Stirling, and will take place in the week beginning March 5th, 2018.  

Candidates invited for interview are expected to cover their own travel expenses.


The PhD will be jointly supervised by Professor David Bell of Stirling Management School and Professor Mark Priestly of the Education Department. Applicants are recommended to discuss their application with Prof Bell or Prof Priestley in advance of submission. Prof Bell’s contact details are: dnfb1@stir.ac.uk and Prof Priestley’s are: m.r.priestley@stir.ac.uk

This scholarship was added on 06/02/2018

© University of Stirling FK9 4LA Scotland UK • Telephone +44 1786 473171 • Scottish Charity No SC011159
Portal Logon