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Title: Examining men's experiences of being victims of sexual offences during military service and scrutinising the military response in the UK
This PhD presents an important opportunity to gather novel insights into men's experiences as victims of sexual violence in the UK armed forces, as well as their accounts of the reporting process, military response, and their experience of the service justice system SJS.
The successful applicant will gather important qualitative insights about servicemen's experiences of sexual violence in the military, to establish:
1. the context and circumstances in which such victimisation occurs,
2. the unique challenges that servicemen face in experiencing, reporting, and being taken seriously as victims of sexual violence
3. servicemen's perceptions and/or experiences of the SJS
4. the impact of sexual victimisation on servicemen
This is an exciting opportunity to work in an emerging and important research area and promote meaningful, real-world impact of the research findings. There will be strong supervisory support based in the world-leading Veteran's and Families Institute for Military Social Research, working in collaboration with the department of Criminology.
The supervisory team are currently amongst only a handful of academics in the UK focused on this subject matter and have established strong networks and strategic partners both nationally and internationally.
Funding Notes and Eligibility:
Applications are open to Home fee status students only. This successful applicant will receive a Vice Chancellor's Scholarship award which covers Home tuition fees and a UKRI equivalent minimum annual stipend for three years. The award is subject to the successful candidate meeting the studentship Terms and Conditions which can be found on our website alongside further information about the project: https: // aru.ac.uk/research/postgraduate-research/vc-phd- scholarships
Applicants should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum upper second class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline. A Master's degree in a relevant subject is desirable. Applicants must be prepared to study on a full-time basis, attending at our Cambridge or Chelmsford campus.
Application Deadline: 19th March 2023
How to apply:
Applications for a Vice Chancellor's PhD Scholarship are made through the application portal on our website: https: // aru.ac.uk/research/postgraduate- research/vc-phd-scholarships
We will review all applications after the submission deadline of 19th March. We will contact shortlisted applicants in the week commencing 3rd April. Interviews will be held between 17th April to 2nd May.
If you have any queries relating to the application process or the terms and conditions of the Scholarships, please email [email protected]
You will need the following documents available electronically to upload them to the application portal (we can accept files in pdf, jpeg or Word format):
1) Certificates and transcripts from your Bachelor and Master's degrees, (if applicable)
2) Your personal statement explaining your suitability for the project
3) Passport and visa, or evidence of EU Settlement Scheme (if applicable)
4) Curriculum Vitae
Please note the application form will ask you to upload a research proposal. You should upload your personal statement in this section, as proposals are not required for this scholarship.
General enquiries: [email protected] If you would like to discuss this research project, please contact [email protected]
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We value diversity at ARU and welcome applications from all sections of the community.