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24th March 2017
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Furniture Industry Research Association offers PhD opportunity
The Furniture Industry Research Association has announced the sponsorship of a PhD Studentship, offering a bursary of up to £9,300 per annum towards tuition fees and living costs. The research is to focus on design or manufacturing of contemporary furniture, looking at the development of either innovative furniture materials or volume production processes that can be embraced by British furniture manufacturers.
This studentship offers candidates the opportunity to study with expert practitioners and research staff from both Buckinghamshire New University and Rycotewood Furniture Centre at Oxford & Cherwell Valley College, partners of The National School of Furniture. The research-based studentship will lead to a PhD degree by thesis from Coventry University for the successful candidate and will commence in 2011.
"I am delighted that the Furniture Industry Research Association is now supporting a PhD bursary at Bucks New University," enthuses FIRA Chairman Michael Powell.
"It is during difficult economic times like these, when there is often a desire to cut funding, that long term investment into helping develop knowledge and competitive advantage of British furniture manufacturing is most important."
Applicants should normally have obtained or be about to obtain a good honours degree and a postgraduate degree, or a first class honours degree in a relevant subject. Applications will also be considered from candidates with no postgraduate qualifications who have at least 10 years' experience in the furniture industry.
The successful applicant for the studentship will receive a bursary of £9,500 per annum towards tuition fees (currently £9,300 pa for overseas students; £3,750 pa for home/EU students in 2011/12) and living costs. In addition to the bursaries there may be teaching opportunities up to a maximum of six hours per week, paid at an hourly rate of £38.79. Financial support may be provided to attend approved conferences in the UK and overseas through application to the Faculty Management Team. Continued funding is dependent on satisfactory progress and upgrade from MPhil to PhD status within 18 months of registration.
The closing date for applications is 22 October 2011. Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.
To complete an application form and research proposal, contact William Lishman, by emailing, ResearchUnit@bucks.ac.uk
7th October 2011