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  • PhD Studentship with the REAL Centre (fixed-term)

  • Gatsby Foundation PhD Studentship (fixed-term)

  • LEGO Cambridge PhD Studentship (fixed-term)

  • Research Associate (fixed-term)

  • HR Manager (fixed-term)


PhD Studentship with the REAL Centre (Fixed Term)

The Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre, in collaboration with the ASER Centre and the Pratham Education Foundation in India are pleased to announce a PhD studentship opportunity at the University of Cambridge. The PhD studentship will be funded by ESRC-DFID through a successful grant awarded to the research team led by Dr Ricardo Sabates for the project "Can schools' accountability for learning be strengthened from the grassroots?". Additional funding to cover the full costs of the studentship will be provided by the Faculty of Education.

Project Summary:
One of the key elements for an accountability system to raise all children's learning is the coherence of its objectives. A school's primary responsibility should be to the children living in the local community, but this direct community-school relationship is often overshadowed by the more indirect, "long route", in which schools are first accountable to governments, who are then accountable to communities. The fundamental accountability relationship, between communities and schools, is thus often dependent upon policymakers' effectiveness in clarifying schools' priorities and providing them with the support and incentives to achieve them. Our research project aims to understand whether, and how, school accountability for learning can be improved from the grassroots. In order to address this objective, we use the case of a community-based intervention in rural India, which aims to engage with local school actors (teachers, headteachers, administrators and school management committees) and provide them with knowledge and resources to implement activities in line with the goal of improving children's foundational learning in the classroom. The research designed is sequential mixed methods and the research will take three years to complete.

The successful candidate will work with the research team, whilst independently investigating complementary research question(s) to the project, and will engage fully with the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Cambridge. The studentship must start on 24 April 2018, so that the doctoral training aligns with the research project.

How to make an application:
Candidates should apply via the University Graduate Admissions Portal (http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applicant-portal) and must meet all the relevant criteria for a full-time PhD (please complete the GRADSAF form as outlined on the Graduate Admissions page).

You are requested to submit a 1,500-word research proposal which must be relevant to the research project both in terms of geographical area (India) and research topic (accountability). Please label your research proposal at the top "ESRC-DFID Accountability Studentship Research Proposal, reference JR13538", and name Dr Ricardo Sabates as potential supervisor so that it is clear you wish to apply for this source of funding.

We will only be able to consider applications completed by 6 December 2017. The successful candidate will be notified by 14 February 2018, and must start the doctoral programme in Easter Term 2018, on 24 April 2018.

Note: All applicants for this studentship will need to apply to the University via the usual route as outlined above. If you are not successful, and you wish to be considered for our doctoral programme starting in Michaelmas 2018 term and to apply to other sources of funding, please ensure that you also tick the relevant boxes for funding in your application and select your preferences for Colleges. Please indicate in your Written Statement "I wish to be considered for the doctoral programme of the Faculty of Education even if I am not successful with this funding application".

Fixed-term: The funds for this studentship are available for 3 years.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Dr Ricardo Sabates (rs867@cam.ac.uk).

We expect to hold interviews in late January 2018.

Please quote reference JR13538 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing date: 06 December 2017


Gatsby Foundation PhD Studentship (Fixed Term)

The Gatsby Foundation proposes to fund an outstanding candidate to undertake a PhD using data science methods to understand the role of technical skills in the labour market and in particular the nature of employer demand. Candidates will have a background in economics, social statistics or data science with a strong interest in education issues.

We invite outstanding applications for a fully funded PhD studentship, supported by the Gatsby Foundation, commencing in October 2018. Funds will cover UK/EU fees, an annual living stipend, and some research expenses.

Gatsby is a foundation set up by Lord David Sainsbury and is committed to strengthening science and engineering skills in the UK. Our efforts in education are broadly concentrated around four focus areas: science and maths in schools; good career guidance; STEM skills in the workforce; and technical education reform.

Whilst the supply of, and demand for, graduates has been studied extensively, our understanding of employer demand for different technical skills is more limited. The Gatsby Foundation proposes to fund an outstanding candidate to undertake a PhD that will further our understanding of the role of these skills in the labour market and in particular the nature of employer demand. It is envisaged that the PhD will require extensive use of large scale data, such as vacancy information, as well as more structured data such as the Individual Learner Record (a data set containing information on enrolment and achievement in Further Education). The successful candidate will be located in the Faculty of Education but will be a member of the University of Cambridge Big Data doctoral training centre and will benefit from a wide range of training in data science methods, as well as other research methods.

Applicants should have the equivalent of a very good undergraduate degree as well as a Masters degree. A distinction at MSc level is desirable but not required. Some undergraduate or postgraduate training in labour economics is required, as well as a good grounding in statistics or econometrics. Knowledge of and/or experience with the post-compulsory education system in England would be an advantage. Applicants should meet University requirements for English language proficiency.
http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/international-students/competence-english/will-i-have- language-requirement

Potential students are asked to submit a brief (maximum 2,000 words inc. references) research proposal outlining their key research ideas in the area of technical skills in the labour market, with reference to the academic literature. Applicants should also give an indication of the research design considerations that may be relevant. Please write 'Gatsby Foundation PhD studentship' at the top of your research proposal.

All applicants for the Gatsby Foundation scholarship will need to apply to the University via the usual route as outlined on the Graduate Admissions website.  http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/how-do-i-apply

If you wish to be considered for other sources of funding if your Gatsby Foundation application is unsuccessful, please ensure you tick all appropriate boxes on the GRADSAF.

Fixed-term: The funds for this studentship are available for 3 years.

We will only be able to consider applications completed by 6 December 2017. We expect to hold interviews in late January 2018.

Please quote reference JR13730 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing date: 06 December 2017


LEGO Cambridge PhD Studentship (fixed-term)

The PEDAL Centre, with the Cambridge Faculty of Education, is recruiting for a three-year fully-funded PhD studentship on the topic of the development of play and playfulness in early life (supervised by Professor Paul Ramchandani). Professor Ramchandani is moving to Cambridge University from Imperial College, London, in January 2018 and will lead a research group focussed on the role of play in early child development. His previous research is in the field of child and adolescent mental health, and there will be overlaps with this area of study.

This studentship would be suitable for a candidate with a psychology degree or equivalent.

The written statement should be no longer than 1,500 words. In your written statement, you should address the following questions: What do you consider to be the key issues in the topic you have chosen? What research methods might be appropriate in answering research questions on this topic?

Please label your statement at the top "LEGO studentship written statement", naming Professor Ramchandani as potential supervisor, so that it is clear you wish to apply for this source of funding.

All applicants for LEGO funding will need to apply to the University via the usual route specifying they wish to apply for the PhD in Education (Graduate Application Form on the Graduate Admissions page: https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/how-do-i-apply). After you have submitted your application form, you should upload your written statement via your Self-service account.

If you are not a UK applicant, you must tick the box(es) on the Graduate Application Form to 'Apply for Cambridge Scholarships'. If you wish to be considered for other sources of funding if your LEGO application is unsuccessful, please ensure you tick all appropriate boxes on the application form.

We will only be able to consider applications completed by 6 December 2017, although the outcomes of applications may not be known until January 2018.

Fixed-term: The funds for this studentship are available for 3 years.

We expect to hold interviews in late January 2018.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Professor Paul Ramchandani (p.ramchandani@imperial.ac.uk)

Please quote reference JR13779 on your application and in any correspondence about this studentship.

Closing date: 06 December 2017


Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Salary: £31,604-£38,833 p.a.

The Faculty of Education in central Cambridge wishes to appoint a full-time Research Associate to work with Professor Susan Robertson and colleagues on developing critical sociological studies in the area of higher education and social theory. Preference will be given to candidates with research interests in one or more areas such as; the sociology of knowledge and HE, policy sociology and HE governance, the public understanding of the university, the university in the age of digital media and big data.

Applicants will hold a PhD in the social sciences or humanities, including sociology, politics, education or anthropology, and will be familiar with research on higher education in one or more of the following areas; the sociology of knowledge and HE, policy sociology and HE governance, the public understanding of the university, the university in the age of digital media and big data; using digital media to build a public profile for the area and support public engagement in the area of the sociology of education. Experience in using digital tools to help build a strong web presence and an engaged intellectual community globally is particularly desirable.

The post-holder will be engaged in the preparation of publications, manuscripts and other policy outputs; supporting the development of funding applications to national and international research bodies; using digital media to build a public profile for the area and support public engagement; and to contribute to the development of an engaged intellectual community within and beyond the university.

For full details of criteria for appointment and duties of the post please see the Further Particulars for the post.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/15473. This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Professor Susan Robertson (slr69@cam.ac.uk).

We hope to hold interviews on 13 December 2017.

Please quote reference JR13761 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing date: 30 November 2017


HR Manager (Fixed Term)

Salary: £29,799-£38,833 p.a.

The Faculty of Education seeks to appoint an HR Manager.

The successful candidate is expected to provide a comprehensive operational HR service to the Faculty. In addition, he/she will support the Secretary to the Faculty in HR project work to support the Faculty's strategic planning. This is an excellent opportunity for an HR specialist who is interested in HR responsibilities which extend beyond day-to-day administration and which engage with the broader agenda of the Faculty.

We are seeking to appoint a person who can demonstrate experience of working in HE or a similar environment as a generalist HR manager and who is also able and willing to take the initiative, to exercise a degree of authority across a broad range of HR issues and to carry out preliminary investigation / provide initial advice on HR matters in support of strategic planning.

For full details of the responsibilities of the post and the person specification, please see the further particulars.

The post is available from 1 January 2018 and in the first instance is a fixed term appointment to the end of Easter Term 2018, pending a review of the HR function in the Faculty. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to this review. This would be an ideal secondment opportunity.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 15 June 2018 in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit:
http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/15861. This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Kate Allen (kmja2@cam.ac.uk).

We hope to hold interviews on 19 December 2017.

Please quote reference JR14101 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing date: 11 December 2017


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