Research Student Scholarships
The University offers a range of funding opportunities for research students, which include dedicated funding streams and access to funding sources available to other students.
Roehampton University PhD Studentship in the Department of Life Sciences
Social networks, personality and social support in goats
Start date: 1 January 2018
Supervisor: Dr AG McElligott (Life Sciences)
This PhD studentship will be supervised by Dr Alan McElligott of the Department of Life Sciences (from 1 Sept 2017).
Dr McElligott’s research group is focussed on developing goats as a model species for comparative cognition and welfare studies. Traditionally, animal welfare research has focussed on identifying and preventing poor welfare. However, preventing poor welfare is not the same as providing animals with opportunities to experience positive welfare. Therefore gaining a better understanding of the cognitive abilities of goats and other livestock is critical for progress. This research will investigate the links between social networks, personality, social support and prosocial behaviour in goats.
The project will include behavioural observations, as well as cognitive and playback experiments. All data collection will be carried at an animal sanctuary, using a large number of habituated animals.
This PhD is fully-funded by Roehampton University Dept of Life Sciences and will cover Home/EU fees and provide an annual stipend at current Research Council rates. International students would need to be able to pay the difference between Home and Overseas fees for the duration of the programme.
Closing Date: Midday on September 1, 2017
Interviews are expected to be held in the week commencing September 18, 2017.
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