Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Wellcome Trust/Imperial PhD Studentship

Wellcome Trust/Imperial PhD Studentship

This unusual PhD studentship (based at Imperial College London, funded
by the Wellcome Trust) aims to theorise public engagement as an
educational process. It builds on an extensive body of engagement
activity (focused on surgery and other clinical practices) aimed at
giving insight into professional worlds which are usually hidden from

The studentship will be supervised jointly by Professor Roger Kneebone
(Professor of Surgical Education at Imperial College London) and
Professor Gunther Kress (Professor of Semiotics and Education at the
Institute of Education). The project's 'experimental laboratory' and
source of data will be a series of engagement events, funded by the
Wellcome Trust, at diverse venues (including Cheltenham Festivals,
Green Man Music Festival and Royal Institution). Kneebone's research
draws in clinicians, engineers, scientists, educational scholars,
social scientists, arts performers and craftsmen.

The project's aim is to develop an apt theoretical and methodological
approach for understanding engagement as educational activity, in a
generously conceived sense of education. It offers a unique
opportunity to carry out research across traditional boundaries, at
the leading edge of an emerging field.

Applicants will have a Masters degree with a significant/strong
research component, in one of a range of relevant academic
backgrounds. The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate
enthusiasm, motivation and a commitment to the theoretical development
of this evolving field.

The studentship stipend is £19,943

Closing date for applications: 18/11/2013

Application details can be found online here: