University of Winchester 175th Anniversary Studentships

To celebrate its 175th anniversary, the University of Winchester has been offering a number of exciting studentship opportunities to Home/EU students this year. Two further awards are now available within the Winchester Centre of Religions for Reconciliation and Peace and the Centre for Information Rights.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Friday 30 October 2015

The WCRRP is a vibrant and rapidly developing research centre that examines the role faith-based organisations, religious leaders and faith communities can play in peacebuilding and reconciliation processes. With a specific focus on practice-based research, this is an exciting opportunity to work in an area of academia that has the potential to make a significant and tangible impact on people directly affected by conflict around the world. We invite applications for suitably qualified students to undertake doctoral research in reconciliation and religious peacebuilding, and particularly welcome applications in the areas of:

  • Middle Eastern approaches to reconciliation (with particular reference to Syria)
  • Community reconciliation – the relationship between international peacebuilding and social cohesion in divided communities in the UK
  • Monitoring and evaluation in religious peacebuilding
  • Religious peacebuilding and policy formation

Please contact Dr Mark Owen, WCRRP Director, for more information on this project.

 

Fees-only PhD studentship in the Winchester Centre for Information Rights in collaboration with the UK’s Office for National Statistics

The Centre for Information Rights (CIR) is a vibrant and rapidly developing research centre within the Department of Law. The CIR examines the overlap between information and privacy law, and new technologies and methods of data analysis. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics and is the recognised national statistical institute for the UK. ONS’s Big Data team provides a leading role exploring the potential of Big Data and associated methods and technologies within Government, including work involving Twitter data, web scraping of prices and data from mobile phones.

With a specific focus on practice-based research, this is an exciting opportunity to work in an area of academia which has the potential to make a significant and tangible impact on the ongoing debate about the involvement of Government in Big Data. Students will have the opportunity to work with the ONS Big Data team on an advisory basis.

Project proposals are particularly welcomed on:

  • Questions involving Big Data
  • Government and the State
  • Legal, ethical and public perception issues
  • Controversial types of data mining (such as use of Twitter data and mobile phone data)

Please contact the Director of Studies, Prof. David Birks, for more information about this project.

You can get more information on these studentships and how to apply, here.