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PhD studentship - Positive Behavioural Support in Special Education

University of Warwick, Coventry
Full Time

The Centre for Educational Development Appraisal and Research (CEDAR) at the University of Warwick ( has a fully-funded PhD scholarship available for 2018 entry. This studentship is a partnership with the autism education charity Ambitious about Autism (

The studentship is for full-time study and open only to applicants who meet the University of Warwick’s criteria for home/EU PhD fees. The studentship covers PhD study fees and an annual stipend at the level recommended by the Economic and Social Research Council for a maintenance grant. The successful student will be based at the University of Warwick in Coventry.

The studentship funding is available for three years. Thus, applicants should already have completed (or almost completed) a relevant research-intensive masters degree or have at least the equivalent level of research experience. Applicants’ first degrees are expected to be of an upper second class honours level as a minimum, and must be in a relevant discipline – Psychology, Education/Special Education or a closely related area.

The successful student will be supervised by Dr Louise Denne and Professor Richard Hastings, with a senior member of Ambitious about Autism also involved in the supervision team.

Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) combines evidence-based behaviour management with evidence-based teaching and learning strategies. The main focus of the PhD research will be on the implementation and outcomes of PBS in special education settings. Ambitious about Autism’s services will be used as case studies, with evaluation focused on quantitative data collection and qualitative research with stakeholders. The PhD student will also carry out further studies of school-wide PBS implementation in other special school contexts, and gather larger scale survey data to inform policy-influencing and uptake of PBS models across the UK. The student will also work closely with Ambitious about Autism’s policy team.

Informal enquiries can be directed to Dr Denne

Closing date for applications: 4pm UK time on Wednesday 18 July.

To apply, please send a single document (pdf or MS Word) containing: a cover letter detailing your interest in and suitability for the studentship, a full academic CV, and the names and contact details of two academic referees who can comment on your suitability for PhD study. The application document should be submitted to

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