10 Fully-Funded PhD Studentships
Applications are invited for up to ten fully-funded PhD studentships in the School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham, starting on 1 October 2017.
The topics for the studentships are open, but should relate to the interests of one of the School’s research groups: Agents Lab; Automated Scheduling, Optimisation and Planning; Computer Vision Lab; Functional Programming Lab; Intelligent Modelling and Analysis; Mixed Reality Lab and in the area of Data Science.
The studentships are for three years and include a stipend of £14,296 per year and tuition fees, and are available to students of any nationality. Applicants are normally expected to have a first-class Masters or Bachelors degree in Computer Science or a related discipline, and must obtain the support of a potential supervisor in the School prior to submitting their application. Initial contact with supervisors should be made at least two weeks prior to the closing date for applications.
Informal enquiries may be addressed to Christine.Fletcher@nottingham.ac.uk.
To apply, please submit the following items by email to the above address:
- a brief covering letter that describes your reasons for wishing to pursue a PhD, your proposed research area and topic, and
- the name of a potential supervisor
- a copy of your CV, including your actual or expected degree class(es), and results of all University examinations
- an example of your technical writing, such as a project report or dissertation
- contact details for two academic referees
Closing date for applications: 22 January 2017
About The University of Nottingham
The University has gained an outstanding international reputation for its world-class teaching and research and has won numerous awards including two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise and was the first ever recipient of The Times Higher Award for ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’. Our commitment to attracting the highest calibre staff and investing in research is further demonstrated through the two Nobel Prizes awarded to Nottingham for medicine and for economic sciences. Our vision of an international education has taken us beyond what most other universities attempt, through the establishment of campuses near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, and in Ningbo, China, which between them have over 10,000 students. Together with the UK student community of over 33,000 students, a third of whom are international, this constitutes a unique learning environment with the largest number of international students of any British university. We have over 8,000 members of staff worldwide and are now acknowledged as a leader in the internationalisation of higher education, and our students come from almost 150 nations.
Our reputation for excellence in teaching and research across the full range of academic disciplines makes us one of the first choices for undergraduate and postgraduate students worldwide. We have five faculties: arts, engineering, medicine and health sciences, science, and social sciences. Our research excellence underpins the University’s continued success in winning new research awards. In 2012/13 the University attracted over £170m, representing a significant endorsement of the University’s national and international reputation as a research centre of excellence. As an institution where research has a commercial focus, we have a wide range of connections with businesses across the globe. We are in the top five British institutions for income from industry with a research portfolio worth over £300m. We have developed partnerships with a range of key corporate partners such as Rolls-Royce, Novartis, Astra Zeneca, Pfizer, Mars, Shell and Unilever amongst others. Our non-corporate partners include the NHS, Arthritis Research UK and Breast Cancer Campaign. The results of many of our research projects make significant contributions to industry knowledge. We have extensive experience in creating spin-out companies, supporting the development of new products and processes, patenting and licensing new technologies for use in industry and commerce. The University is highly regarded at the social, economic, scientific and political levels and respected by both the business and academic communities. We are recognised around the world for the quality of our education and research. Our status in the top 1% of universities in the most widelycirculated world ranking tables is an indication of our ambition, calibre and future potential. Every year we attract increasing numbers of students whilst maintaining entry standards which are among the very highest in the country. We are fortunate in having quite extraordinary campuses which are a great benefit in student recruitment, and our campuses in Asia give us a unique asset in an increasingly globalised world. The University is facing its future with a sense of purpose and vision, the result of robust internal consultation that culminated in our ‘Strategic Plan 2010-15 and will take us forward with our ‘Strategic Plan 2020’. This will be made widely available so our current and prospective staff, students and community and commercial partners understand what drives us, what we intend to achieve, and how they can be part of our success.
World-class teaching and research
We are totally committed to providing the best possible education through a combination of research-led teaching — active researchers lead nearly all teaching here — and innovative uses of technology. This has been consistently recognised by external assessments such as the 2014 Research Exercise Framework (REF), which placed us in the top ten UK institutions for research, and the 2010 OAA Institutional Audit which awarded its highest possible judgement for the quality of our learning opportunities and our
systems for ensuring high academic standards. We are also strongly committed to supporting the research carried out by our academic staff. More than 97% of research at the University is recognised internationally, with wideranging impacts on society, the economy, health and welfare, culture, public policy and the environment. The 2014 REF ranked us eighth in the UK by research power, according to analysis by Research Fortnight. More than 80% of Nottingham research is ranked in the highest categories – ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ – up from 58% the last time the exercise was carried out in 2008. Our outstanding research record has contributed to the leading role we play in the regions in which we operate, such as the founding of the Energy Technologies Institute, the ‘Crops for the Future’ programme in Malaysia and the new Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies in China. The recently completed Innovation Park provides access to a vast range of laboratory, research and testing facilities to encourage innovation and provide research opportunities. Sir Peter Mansfield was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2003 for his work in the application of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The award was shared with the late Paul Lauterbur from the University of Illinois. Also in 2003, former University of Nottingham student and academic, the late Sir Clive Granger, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Economic Science. He spent 22 years at the University as an undergraduate, lecturer and professor before moving to the University of California in San Diego. Our students are widely respected for their academic abilities and broad range of skills. Our employment record is strong with 93% of our undergraduates and 90% of our postgraduates employed or in further study six months after graduation. The University of Nottingham is the most targeted university in the UK by leading graduate employers according to The Graduate Market in 2014 by High Fliers Research, and as well as a world top 30 choice for employers according to the QS World University Rankings.
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