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

2020/21 Scholarship opportunities

Please note the guidance on how to apply was updated 09 October 2020.

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 2021.

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

• Digital nomads? Impacts of mobile technologies on hotel financial decision-making across cultures. Supervisors: Dr Alisha Ali, Dr Natalie Haynes (Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam), Dr Elspeth Frew (La Trobe Business School, La Trobe). Contact Dr Alisha Ali for more information alisha.ali@shu.ac.uk

• Using motivational interviewing to facilitate lifestyle behaviour change in adults using an Artificial Intelligence platform. Supervisors: Professor Jeff Breckon (Sport and Physical Activity Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam), Professor Alessandro Di Nuovo (Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam), Dr Paul O’Halloran (Centre for Sport and Social Impact, La Trobe),  Dr Mei-Tai Chu (Research Centre for Computers, Communication and Social Innovation, La Trobe). Contact Prof Jeff Breckon for more information j.breckon@shu.ac.uk

• The social impact of community sport and physical activity in England and Australia. Supervisors: Dr Larissa Davies (Sport and Physical Activity Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam), Mr Ian Wilson (Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam), Professor Matthew Nicholson, Dr Nicola McNeil (Centre for Sport and Social Impact, La Trobe). Contact Dr Larissa Davies for more information l.e.davies@shu.ac.uk

• Objective movement analysis to inform safe return to sport in young people. Supervisors: Dr Marcus Dunn, Professor Jon Wheat (Sport and Physical Activity Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam), Professor Kate Webster, Dr Kane Middleton (School of Allied Health, Human Services and Sport, La Trobe). Contact Dr Marcus Dunn for more information m.dunn@shu.ac.uk

• The impact of parkrun on the health and wellbeing of the Australian population and lessons for other Interventions. Supervisors:  Professor Steve Haake, Dr Alice Bullas (Sport and Physical Activity Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam), Professor Matthew Nicholson, Dr Paul O’Halloran (Centre for Sport and Social Impact, La Trobe). Contact Prof Steve Haake for more information s.j.haake@shu.ac.uk

• Using shape-based analysis to improve the assessment and diagnosis of metabolic syndrome. Supervisors: Dr Simon Choppin, Dr Catherine Homer (Sport and Physical Activity Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam), Dr Casey Peiris, Dr Jessica Biesiekierski (School of Allied Health, Human Services and Sport, La Trobe). Contact Dr Simon Choppin for more information s.choppin@shu.ac.uk

More information on these 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 SHU/LTU global partnership. As a student of both institutions you will have access to services and support provided at SHU and LTU, including a range of professional and personal development for researchers. 

SHU will be your “home institution” where you will begin your studies and spend the majority of your time. The expectation is that you will spend up to 12 months at LTU 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 awards will provide:
• Tuition fees at Home/UK rates
• A bursary at UKRI national doctoral stipend rates (£15,285 for 2020/21)
• 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 for 3 years of full-time study. 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 4th year of “writing-up” study may be available to students who have not submitted their thesis within 3 years; however, this is not funded by the scholarship and students will have to pay the tuition fee themselves (currently £500 for a “writing up” year).

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/at 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 listed against each project below.

You should submit your application by email to the address indicated below by the closing date of 31 October 2020. 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 5 projects listed below should be submitted to HWLS-DoctoralAdmin@shu.ac.uk
• Using motivational interviewing to facilitate lifestyle behaviour change in adults using an Artificial Intelligence platform. Supervisors: Professor Jeff Breckon, Professor Alessandro Di Nuovo (Sheffield Hallam), Dr Paul O’Halloran, Dr Mei-Tai Chu (La Trobe). 
• The social impact of community sport and physical activity in England and Australia. Supervisors: Dr Larissa Davies, Mr Ian Wilson (Sheffield Hallam), Professor Matthew Nicholson, Dr Nicola McNeil (La Trobe). 
• Objective movement analysis to inform safe return to sport in young people. Supervisors: Dr Marcus Dunn, Professor Jon Wheat (Sheffield Hallam), Professor Kate Webster, Dr Kane Middleton (La Trobe). 
• The impact of parkrun on the health and wellbeing of the Australian population and lessons for other Interventions. Supervisors:  Professor Steve Haake, Dr Alice Bullas (Sheffield Hallam), Professor Matthew Nicholson, Dr Paul O’Halloran (La Trobe).
• Using shape-based analysis to improve the assessment and diagnosis of metabolic syndrome. Supervisors: Dr Simon Choppin, Dr Catherine Homer (Sheffield Hallam), Dr Casey Peiris, Dr Jessica Biesiekierski (La Trobe).Applications for the below project should be submitted to Social-economic-pgr-@shu.ac.uk
• Digital nomads? Impacts of mobile technologies on hotel financial decision-making across cultures. Supervisors: Dr Alisha Ali, Dr Natalie Haynes (Sheffield Hallam), Dr Elspeth Frew (La Trobe). 
Please note we are unable to accept applications received after the deadline.

What happens next

This is a two-stage process. In the first stage, your application will be reviewed by a joint SHU/LTU selection panel and shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview. Each project will select their strongest candidate, who will then be put forward to a second joint panel to compete for one of the available scholarships. The scholarships panel will score all nominations and award the scholarships to the three strongest candidates overall.

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

Interview dates will be communicated to shortlisted candidates. 

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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