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Improving the nutrition and management of dairy cows: investigating social factors that influence health in the transition period PhD Studentship (three years)

Animal Production, Welfare & Veterinary Sciences

As per advert
Closing Date:   Monday 30 April 2018
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  RD-PHD-23PR

Harper Adams University (HAU) has the above-named research studentship available in the Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Department.  The project is funded by the Barham Benevolent Foundation and the studentship wlll be supervised by Dr Philip Robinson (Director of Studies) and Professor Liam Sinclair. 

Applications should be made through the HAU website: where further details of the project can also be found.

The deadline for uploading completed applications is 5pm UK time on Monday, 30 Aprll 2018.

Further information can be found on the HAU website at and on the research training provided and PhD progression requirements in the Postgraduate Research Students Handbook at:

For informal enquiries on general aspects of research degrees at HAU, applicants may contact Mrs Viv Slann, Research Students Administrator ( For informal enquiries on the project, applicants may contact the Director of Studies named above through the staff directory:

The studentship includes tuition, bench and writing up fees and a tax-free stipend at the RCUK rate (£14,777 per annum, 2018-2019 rate).  The studentship will begin in September 2018.

All applicants must have a minimum of an upper second class UK honours degree, or equivalent, in Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine, Bioveterinary Science, Biochemistry or a related biological science or an MSc in Animal Science, Bioveterinary Science, Biochemistry or related biological sciences.  Applicants are also expected to have a good working knowledge of dairy cow nutrition, husbandry, biology and animal health.  This project will give training and experience in social science research methodologies (eg semi-structured interviews, focus groups, questionnaires), and will involve practical on-farm sampling, handling and assessment of dairy cows and management systems.  A good working knowledge of statistics and statistical analysis software is also required.

A minimum level of competency in English is required  Where necessary, applicants need to be classed as an overall IELTS grade 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.  Please see the following link with regard to English Language requirements:

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:

Harper Adams University is one of the premier UK Higher Education Institutions focused on the land-based and food supply chain sector.

With 2800 undergraduate students, plus those completing postgraduate, research and CPD programmes, Harper Adams is the UK's largest single provider of higher education for these subjects.  Programmes fall into eleven broad subject areas – but none operate in isolation. Community and collaboration are key at Harper Adams, meaning everyone, including staff, students and industry partners, benefits from a close network of knowledge and opportunity exchange

Situated in Shropshire, the campus and the surrounding area provide an excellent working and living environment for staff and students alike.

Harper Adams is consistently positioned highly in a range of national ratings, performance measures and league tables. Its current graduate employment rate is 98% (the joint top rating in England) and student satisfaction stands at 93% (National Student Survey 2017).

Harper Adams is ranked as the UK’s Best Modern University by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018; was named University of the Year in the 2016 and 2017 Whatuni Student Choice Awards and holds a Gold (highest level) award from the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework.

In 2018 Harper Adams University will receive the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education, part of the UK honours system.

Applied research is at the heart of the university’s activity, with the work of a thriving academic community underpinning both teaching and work with the industries allied to Harper. The 2014 Government Research Excellence Framework rated all of the university’s research as “of international quality”, and more than half was deemed “world leading” or “internationally excellent”.