UfN Co(l)laboratory PhD Studentships 2023
About the Universities for Nottingham Co(l)laboratory Programme
Co(l)laboratory is a pioneering new endeavour, supported by Nottingham Trent University, the University of Nottingham and the Universities for Nottingham (UfN) partnership. The project aims to bring together researchers, community-focused organisations and local citizens to deliver meaningful change for the people of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
Over the next eight years, Co(l)laboratory will train 50 PhD students and associated ‘Citizen Scientists’ in a unique programme of locally relevant, challenge-based research, supporting development within the local community, broadening prospects and facilitating change for local citizens, driving growth and improving wellbeing.
A list of all our Co(l)laboratory PhD Projects can be found HERE
2023 Universities for Nottingham Co(l)laboratory PhD Studentships Scheme
Co(l)laboratory’s goal is to facilitate a programme of locally relevant, challenge-based research, guided by local communities to support the development of the local economy, increase productivity, and improve growth and well-being in the region. Our PhD projects have been co-designed by academic researchers and partners at local, community-focused organisations, based on the needs and priorities of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire citizens. We’re seeking inspired individuals with experience and passion for creating positive change in the community.
What does the Co(l)laboratory studentship cover?
- Tuition fees for Years 1-3 of PhD study at Nottingham Trent University and the thesis-pending fee (a reduced fee for candidates in completing their thesis) in Year 4.
- A stipend to be paid in monthly arrears in Years 1-3 of PhD study at Nottingham Trent University in line with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) minimum rates. The stipend for this academic year (2022-23) has been confirmed as £17,668 per annum. You can find further information on UKRI rates on the UK Research and Innovation website.
What's unique about the Co(l)laboratory Doctoral Training Programme?
Our Doctoral Training Programme offers a unique opportunity for research candidates to develop themselves as researchers, as well as future civic and community leaders. All Co(l)laboratory PhD students will be supported by a comprehensive development programme that, in addition to a wide breadth of core research skills, will teach candidates how to develop and deliver highly engaged research that can deliver meaningful changes to local communities. From community engagement skills and research co-creation, to research communication, reporting and evidence-based policy, our first-of-its-kind development programme aims to produce a cohort of civically engaged researchers who can bridge the gap between academic knowledge creation and change and implementation in the community.
Reducing barriers to excellence in research
Nottingham Trent University, the University of Nottingham and Co(l)laboratory are committed to supporting all our students to achieve excellence in their research. Our ethos is ‘success for all’ — and if you’ve got the talent, the perspectives and the capacity to deliver change, we’ll support you. We are committed to flexible working and will consider requests for part-time study for this studentship programme.
Applications and Support
This application form will close at 12pm on Monday 6th February 2023. You will not be able to submit any uncompleted applications after this time. Please ensure you read all the supporting information and instructions in this form to ensure that your application is eligible and complete.
- To support your planning, you can download an overview of this application form's questions, here
We strongly recommend applying well in advance of the deadline. An earlier submission will allow your referees more time to respond to our automatic reference requests.
We encourage all applicants to attend one of our two Co(l)laboratory PhD Studentship information webinars. These will be held online via Zoom at Wednesday 11th January 2023, 12pm-1pm and Thursday 26th January 2023, 6pm-7pm. To attend one of these sessions, please register via Eventbrite, here. Additionally, we are running an in-person drop-in day for applicants who cannot attend a virtual webinar, or who wish to speak to us in-person. This will take place on Monday 30th Jan, 9am-6pm at The Carousel, 25 Hockley, Nottingham NG1 1FH. No booking is required.
Reducing barriers to excellence in research
Nottingham Trent University, the University of Nottingham and Co(l)laboratory are committed to creating an accessible and inclusive research environment for all of our students. Our ethos is ‘success for all’ — and if you’ve got the talent, the perspectives and the capacity to deliver change, we’ll support you. We are committed to flexible approaches to working and considerate accessibility accommodations for all our students.
We acknowledge that the shorter than usual applications timeframe for our first round of studentship applications may impact some people's ability to apply, particularly those with specific learning differences. We apologise for this and will ensure that this issue is addressed in all future application rounds.
The Universities for Nottingham Co(l)laboratory PhD Studentship Scheme is open to all UK students who meet the academic and scheme eligibility criteria. To be eligible to apply to this scheme you must meet the standard qualifications for entry criteria for PhD study at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) or the University of Nottingham (UoN), depending on which institution you would be enrolled at if successful. Please see individual project adverts for this information. Details of NTUs standard qualifications for entry can be found in paragraphs 4.4 and 4.5 of the Quality Handbook Section 11- Research Degrees here. Details of UoN's standard qualifications for entry can be found in the Admissions section of the Quality Manuel here. If you do not meet the minimum standard qualifications for entry criteria, you must effectively demonstrate within your application that you have professional skills and experience equivalent to that of the minimum qualification criteria. If you do not meet the minimum qualification standard and fail to provide evidence of equivalent skills and experience, your application cannot be considered.
Candidates must also meet the following requirements.
- You must be available to begin study at Nottingham Trent University or the University of Nottingham on our 24th April 2023 entry date. Successful candidates would be expected to formally enrol between 1st and 20th April 2023.
- You are only allowed to submit one application relating to one project listed as part of the 2023 UfN Co(l)laboratory PhD Studentship Scheme.
- You must be a UK home student. This studentship scheme is not open to international students. (More details here)
- You must submit a full and complete application (including all applicable, supporting documents) by 12pm on Monday 6 February 2023.
Please note that this Scheme is not available to existing doctoral level candidates who are based at Nottingham Trent University or the University of Nottingham, or to applicants who already hold a doctoral degree.