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AHRC Doctoral (PhD) Studentships: Loughborough University – Department of Information Science

March 1, 2012

The Department of Information Science at Loughborough University is an active and highly regarded Department, which, since its creation in 1972, has established a national and international reputation in its field. The Department of Information Science is ranked as the top institution in the UK to study Library and Information Management with UCL (Times Good University Guide – June 2009). Excellence in teaching and research is also acknowledged by the award from the QAA of 24/24 and the RAE panel judgement that 85% of the Department’s research is at an international level. The staff are committed to being at the leading edge of the discipline and to providing a first class learning and teaching experience for all students.

Through the AHRC Block Grant Partnership scheme and matched funding from the School of Science, the Department is pleased to be able to offer 2 Doctoral (PhD) Studentships to successful UK and EU applicants (who have been resident in the UK for a minimum of three years) beginning their studies in October 2012. Applicants should expect to have been awarded a postgraduate degree in a subject related to their research proposal by the start date. The Studentships include UK/EU fulltime tuition fees and an annual tax free stipend of £13590 (2011-12 rates). The award is subject to AHRC eligibility conditions – please refer to for further information.


The Department of Information Science will consider applications from all information science subject areas. However, it is particularly interested in applications in the following areas:

Information policy and law

Data, information and knowledge management in the local government sector

Copyright in the digital age

E-mail preservation and archiving

Book and publishing history

Gender and on-line communities

Discovery interfaces

Knowledge management in the third sector


It is expected that applicants will have at least an upper second class degree in a subject relevant to their research proposal.

How to Apply

You should apply online via: Please quote reference: AHRC/DIS when applying. Advice on the content of the research proposal can be found at:

Deadline for submission of full application (including research proposal): Monday 30th April 2012.

Enquiries about the application process can be made to Lynda Langton at or on 01509 223081. Informal enquiries about the research areas should, in the first instance, be directed to Dr Gillian Ragsdell at or on 01509 223082.

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