Institution: University of South Wales
Job Reference Number: USW MAXI 20511
Start date: 1st October 2016
Duration: 3 years
Supervisor: Professor Gary Higgs
Closing date: 1st September 2016
Project title:Developing open source tools and support materials to measure geographical accessibility to screening and cancer support services
This project provides an excellent opportunity for the successful candidate to use their knowledge of applied Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to research and develop GIS-based accessibility tools as a series of customised interfaces that enable accessibility calculations to be conducted by the non-expert user in a number of application areas which have the potential to contribute to Tenovus Cancer Care priority areas. The project is co-sponsored by Tenovus Cancer Care, which delivers innovative research-led cancer prevention, treatment and support in the community to people with the greatest need in Wales.
The project is funded by the Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS) programme and will be based in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science at the University of South Wales. KESS is a programme funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) awarded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) in the Welsh Government.
The studentship will cover the fees for a 3 year full time PhD programme and pay a stipend of circa £14k p.a. There is also around £3.5k project support costs available for consumables, travel/conference attendance, minor equipment, training (including the KESS Grad School) and conference attendance.
To be eligible to hold a KESS studentship, you must:
- have a home address in the Convergence area* (details below) at the time of registration.
- have the right to take up paid work in the Convergence area* on completion of the scholarship.
- be classified by the University as ‘home’ or ‘EU’ for tuition fees purposes, according to the University’s guidelines.
- satisfy University of South Wales’ admissions criteria: see below
*The Convergence area covers West Wales and the Valleys, and is made up of the following 15 local authorities: Isle of Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil, Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen.
Eligible applicants will have:
- A good first degree (2i or higher) or Masters in geography, GIS, statistics, computer science or a related discipline
- Good computer programming skills, or a firm commitment and desire to develop such skills
- A positive attitude to practical and applied research, and be able to work in a self-directed manner and have the inter-personal skills to interface with the larger research team
- A willingness to travel and engage with specialists in cancer support services at local, regional and national levels
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