PhD Studentship, NGO Applied Management Research and Teaching Unit

Birmingham, United Kingdom
08 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
11 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Aston Business School - Studentships

Location:  Aston University Main Campus
Basis:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Tuesday 11 December 2018

The prestigious Aston PhD studentship is funded by Wesleyan Assurance Society. The PhD student will be affiliated to the NGO Applied Management Research and Teaching Unit within Aston Business School.

In recent years, there has been growing interest in understanding the impact of corporate philanthropy on beneficiaries. It is widely recognised that philanthropists can be agents for change. Nevertheless, some literature suggests that philanthropic trusts and foundations in particular, have been slow to communicate the extent of such change, in particular, their ‘social impact’. Nevertheless, historical evidence of corporate socially responsible acts (and perhaps reporting) shows impact is not a completely new idea.

Measurement and reporting of social impact has largely focused on the funds provided and some measurement of a ‘return’ and a number of the measures developed and used by, for example, government (in social impact bonds for example) are controversial. Insights into better ways to measure and report social impact are frequently called for, in particular how these systems can support and encourage the charities and other organisations that are funded to achieve these social impacts.

This is an opportunity to contribute to the debate about trust and foundation funding and the impact of CSR strategy on beneficiary entities and beyond. It is likely to include both qualitative and quantitative analysis.

We call for applicants of a full-time funded student to work on the above issue, under the supervision of leading academics. We welcome applications from students with a relevant MSc (or equivalent) with strong, proven, quantitative and qualitative skills. Note that the successful applicant will have access to, and be expected to spend time in, the Wesleyan Assurance Society offices as well as on the Aston University campus. Informal enquiries about the research or studentship prior to application are welcome, and can be directed to Professor Carolyn Cordery ( and/or Dr Uwe Napiersky (

The Award/Financial Support:

The total value of the award is £69,000 paid over 3 years. This will cover the student’s annual fees (full fee waiver - Home/EU fee rate) and a stipend to cover living costs. International students may cover the differences.

Selection Process

Selection will be based on the evaluation of a completed Online Application Form and a brief Research Proposal (2000 words max) submitted by candidates as well as two academic reference letters. Please see full details of requirements on the Funding Opportunities section of the following webpage:

Application Requirements:

Please see Entry Requirements section of the following webpage: /

How to Apply

Complete the on-line application form at Attach to the application your Research Proposal and, where relevant, a written sample of your previous research work (for example your Masters Dissertation or Project).

The Closing Date for Applications is 11 December 2018. 

The start date of the PhD is 1 April 2019.  

Aston is a research-intensive university, which collaborates and share its resources with practitioners. Aston develops and applies primary intellectual capital for problems which have a global community and societal significance. One of our strengths is therefore to create “translational research with impact” and our nature is “collaborative and interdisciplinary”, both of which are key pillars in the Aston2020 strategic plan.

Further particulars and application forms are available in alternative formats on request i.e. large print, Braille, tape or CD Rom.

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Aston University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.