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Global partnership: Joint PhD programme with La Trobe University, Australia

Global partnership: Joint PhD programme with La Trobe University, Australia

2022/23 Scholarship opportunities

Sheffield Hallam University is offering 3 competitive scholarships for students to study on the joint PhD programme with La Trobe University, Australia, to start February 2023.

We have 6 potential projects available to applicants – these are listed below. Note that the projects do not have a guaranteed scholarship. We have 3 scholarships available, and these will be awarded to the strongest applicants overall.

  • Using computer vision to develop clinically accessible methods of human shape measurement. Supervisors: Dr Simon Choppin, Sport and Physical Activity Research Centre; Dr Alice Bullas, Sport and Physical Activity Research Centre(Sheffield Hallam); Professor Wei Xiang, Cisco-La Trobe Centre for AI and IoT/SCEMS; Dr Lianhua Chi, Cisco-La Trobe Centre for AIOT/CSIT/SCEMS (La Trobe). For more information contact: Dr Simon Choppin: s.choppin@shu.ac.uk
  • Investigating the relationship between movement-variability and injury in running. Supervisors: Dr Ben Heller, Sport and Physical Activity Research Centre; Professor Jon Wheat, Sport and Physical Activity Research Centre (Sheffield Hallam); Dr David Carey, School of Allied Health, Human Services and Sport; Dr Kane Middleton, School of Allied Health, Human Services and Sport (La Trobe). For more information contact Dr Ben Heller: b.heller@shu.ac.uk
  • The dream-team: investigating the influence of sleep restriction on the health, wellbeing, and performance of team-sport athletes. Supervisors: Dr. David Rogerson, Academy of Sport and Physical Activity; Dr Alan Ruddock, Academy of Sport and Physical Activity (Sheffield Hallam); Dr Matthew Driller, Sport and Exercise Science; Dr. Lachlan James, Sport and Exercise Science (La Trobe). For more information contact Dr David Rogerson: d.rogerson@shu.ac.uk
  • Creation of a 3D cell atlas of the germinating barley grain using mass spectrometry and micro-CT imaging. Supervisors: Professor Neil Bricklebank, Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre; Dr Catherine Duckett, Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre; Dr Nicola Aberdein, Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre (Sheffield Hallam); Dr Mathew Lewsey, Dept. Animal, Plant and Soil Sciences; Dr Lim Chee Liew, Dept. Animal, Plant and Soil Sciences (La Trobe). For more information contact Professor Neil Bricklebank: n.bricklebank@shu.ac.uk
  • Pulse processing for health: Fava bean processing, cellular structure and analysis. Supervisors: Dr Bipro Dubey, Department of Engineering and Mathematics; Professor Martin Howarth, National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering (Sheffield Hallam); Dr Monika Doblin, Department of Animal Plant & Soil Sciences; Professor Tony Bacic, Department of Animal Plant & Soil Sciences (La Trobe). For more information contact Dr Bipro Dubey: b.dubey@shu.ac.uk
  • Unravelling breast cancer progression through a combined machine learning - multimodal-mass spectrometry approach. Supervisors: Professor Simona Francese, Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre; Dr Laura Cole, Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre (Sheffield Hallam); Professor Paul Pigram, Dept of Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Dr Narelle Brack, Dept of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (La Trobe). For more information contact Professor Simona Francese: s.francese@shu.ac.uk

More information on the individual projects can be found on our Doctoral Programmes and Projects page or by contacting the lead supervisor. 

Scholarships on the joint PhD programme are also offered by La Trobe University; further information on these scholarships is available on the La Trobe website.

About the joint PhD programme

Students on the joint PhD programme will be enrolled on a PhD at both institutions. Your supervisory team will comprise academics from each institution who will provide support and guidance throughout your research. You will benefit from the research community, networking and collaborations of the Sheffield Hallam/La Trobe global partnership. As a student of both institutions, you will have access to services and support provided at Sheffield Hallam and La Trobe, including a range of professional and personal development for researchers. 

For these scholarships, Sheffield Hallam will be your “home institution” where you will begin your studies and spend the majority of your time. The expectation is that you will typically spend up to 12 months at La Trobe as “host institution”; the timing and duration of this will depend on your programme of research but in general will be in the second year of your degree. If, due to exceptional circumstances, you are not able to travel to the host institution, this requirement may be waived. Travel to and study at the host institution will be subject to the usual immigration requirements.

The joint PhD includes a tailored programme of progress monitoring to fulfil the requirements of both institutions. All candidates will write and submit a thesis for defence by oral examination. On successful completion of the programme requirements, you will be awarded a PhD jointly by both institutions. 

Scholarship details

We are offering up to 3 scholarships to be awarded to the strongest applicants. The scholarships are available for 3.5 years of full-time study and will provide:

  • Tuition fees at ‘Home’ student rates
  • A PhD bursary at the standard Sheffield Hallam PhD bursary rate (this is aligned with the net Real Living Wage and the current rate for academic year 2022/23 is £16,536 per annum)
  • One economy return air fare between the UK and La Trobe University
  • Up to £600 to assist with personal/health insurance expenses while resident at La Trobe.

These scholarships are not available for part-time study.

In addition to the above, La Trobe will award a tuition fee scholarship to the successful SHU scholarship holders on the joint programme.

An optional further 6 months of “writing-up” study may be available to students who have not submitted their thesis within their funded scholarship period; however, this is not funded by the scholarship and students will have to pay the “writing-up” tuition fee themselves (currently £250 for 6 months). 

Students will be personally responsible for the below which are not covered by the scholarships:

  • Incidental fees and charges at the Host Institution;
  • Insurance, including medical and travel insurance, for the entire period of their stay at the Host Institution;
  • Accommodation and living expenses at the Host Institution;
  • All costs associated with applying for and obtaining appropriate visas and travel documentation to the country of the Host Institution;
  • All personal expenses and non-compulsory additional fees at the Host Institution;
  • All debts incurred by the Candidates during the course of their stay at the Host Institution;
  • Any other debts incurred by the Candidates during the Joint PhD Program.


For more information on our scholarships general conditions of award, see our 
Conditions of Award for University PhD Scholarships (PDF, 75KB) (PDF, 71.6KB).

Eligibility

These scholarships are open to Home, EU and International applicants. However, the scholarships pay tuition fees at Home levels only, and students who are liable for the International fee rate will be expected to provide the difference between the Home and International fees from another funding source.

Academic and English Language entry requirements for individual subject areas can be found on our online prospectus. As a minimum, all applicants should hold a strong undergraduate degree (2.1 or above) and/or a relevant Masters qualification (or expectation of the same).

In order to be accepted onto the joint award, candidates must be accepted for admission by both institutions. Where eligibility requirements differ between institutions, admission to the joint award may be conditional on the candidate fulfilling certain academic requirements during their first year of study.

Students who are already enrolled on a PhD at Sheffield Hallam or La Trobe are not eligible to apply for these scholarships.

How to apply 

Search our Doctoral Programmes and Projects page for further information on the projects available.

Enquiries regarding the projects should be directed to the lead supervisor named on the project. General application enquiries can be directed to the email address for applications as indicated below.

You should submit your application by email to the address indicated below by the closing date of 23:00 UK time on 31 October 2022. Your application should include:
• A completed 
Postgraduate Application Form  
• An outline research proposal attached as a separate document. This should include an outline of how you would approach the research project identified, and your understanding of the current knowledge and context, referencing key background literature 
• Copies of qualifications, certificates and/or results transcripts
• Proof of English language ability, where English is not your first language 
• Copies of your passport and any relevant visas, for International applicants

When filling out section 8 on the application form, you should clearly indicate the project you are applying for and outline: 
a) why you are interested in doing PhD research on this topic 
b) how your skills and experience to date (including your undergraduate and/or masters dissertation, if relevant) prepare you to embark on the project 
c) any challenges that you foresee in conducting the research and how you might approach or solve them

Applications for the 3 projects listed below should be submitted to the Health Research Institute at Health-PGR-admissions@shu.ac.uk

  • Using computer vision to develop clinically accessible methods of human shape measurement. Lead supervisor Dr Simon Choppin
  • Investigating the relationship between movement-variability and injury in running. Lead supervisor Dr Ben Heller
  • The dream-team: investigating the influence of sleep restriction on the health, wellbeing, and performance of team-sport athletes. Lead supervisor Dr David Rogerson

Applications for the 3 projects listed below should be submitted to the Industry and Innovation Research Institute at Industry-innovation-admissions@shu.ac.uk

  • Creation of a 3D cell atlas of the germinating barley grain using mass spectrometry and micro-CT imaging. Lead supervisor Professor Neil Bricklebank
  • Pulse processing for health: Fava bean processing, cellular structure and analysis. Lead supervisor Dr Bipro Dubey
  • Unravelling breast cancer progression through a combined machine learning - multimodal-mass spectrometry approach. Lead supervisor Professor Simona Francese

 

Please note we are unable to accept applications received after the deadline.  

What happens next

This is a two-stage process. You will first apply to Sheffield Hallam University. Your application will be reviewed and shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview. Each of the 6 projects will select their strongest candidate, who will then be nominated for one of the three Sheffield Hallam scholarships. Nominations will be reviewed by a joint Sheffield Hallam/La Trobe panel, and the scholarships offered to the three strongest candidates overall.

Interview dates will be communicated to shortlisted candidates. 

As the selection process is conducted by both universities, your application will be shared with La Trobe University as part of the selection process.

The successful candidates will then need to formally apply to La Trobe University for a place on the joint PhD programme. Any offer of a place on the joint PhD programme at Sheffield Hallam is conditional on acceptance for study at La Trobe.

About the Sheffield Hallam and La Trobe Global Partnership

After working together for almost 10 years, in early 2019 La Trobe and Sheffield Hallam decided to strengthen their relationship and create a new strategic partnership.

As partners, we recognised opportunities to provide students with an international learning experience, to work collaboratively on research and innovation projects with global impact, and to share good practice and innovative approaches to higher education. 

La Trobe and Hallam both share a vision of the transformative potential of universities, believe in the importance of providing students with opportunities to succeed at whatever they choose to do irrespective of their backgrounds and personal circumstances and consider education and research as having the potential to address the most significant social, cultural and economic challenges.

Both universities have an international profile - connecting globally to provide an international perspective to learning, teaching and research. More information about research at the two universities can be found on the Sheffield Hallam and La Trobe websites.

 

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