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FUNDED - Low-input dairy systems in England: a socioeconomic analysis

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Location:  Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB
Salary:  As per advert
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term - Up to 36 months
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Thursday 18 November 2021
Reference:  RD-PHD-55PR-R-R

PhD Studentship (36 months funding)

FUNDED - Low-input dairy systems in England: a socioeconomic analysis

Harper Adams University (HAU) offers the above research studentship, available in the Animal Health, Behaviour and Welfare Department. The project will be supervised by Dr Philip Robinson (Head of Department and Director of Studies), David Gilbert and Dr Daniel May and will aim to begin in early 2022. 

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 23.59 hours BST on 18th November 2021. 

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 the project, applicants may contact the Director of Studies, Dr Philip Robinson

The studentship includes tuition, bench and writing up fees and a tax-free stipend at the UKRI rate for 2021/2022 (£15,609 per annum). The studentship only covers fees for Home PhD students (UK, Ireland, Isle of Man & Channel Isles students).

All applicants must have a minimum of an upper second class (2:1) UK honours degree, or equivalent, in Agriculture, Animal Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, Agri-Business, Economics, Sociology or Geography. A MSc degree in a related subject is desirable. Applicants are expected to have a good knowledge of livestock farming, particularly dairy cow husbandry and health. Excellent communication and organisational skills are essential. A good working knowledge of statistics and statistical analysis software is also required.  The applicant must hold a driving license for travel during fieldwork.

This PhD programme will provide training in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and behavioural economics. The successful candidate will acquire an excellent knowledge of the dairy industry which will open career opportunities in both academia and industry. 

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:

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Harper Adams University is one of the premier UK Higher Education institutions focused on the land-based and food supply chain sector. With around 2,800 undergraduate students, plus those completing postgraduate, research and CPD programmes, Harper Adams University 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. The University has been the highest performing modern university in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide for the last four years, climbing to 17th place in the overall league table. In the 2020 guide Harper Adams was named Modern University of the Year and runner-up University of the Year. In the 2019 Whatuni? Student Choice Awards, based on student reviews, Harper Adams won the Student Support category for the fifth time – the only university to have taken the title since the awards began - and won the category for best job prospects for a fourth year running. In the 2020 QS World Rankings for Agriculture and Forestry published in March 2020, Harper Adams was ranked first in the UK for academic reputation and second in the world for its reputation with employers.




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